Meet James: The Biomed Library Innovation Intern

IMG_20180807_162120216Meet James, the Biomedical Library’s Innovation Intern.

James Bigbee, a junior in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, a computer science major with a minor in art, joined the Biomedical Library as our Innovation Intern this summer to assist faculty and staff with projects involving virtual or augmented reality, animation, or coding in general.  This new pilot service is an extension of the Biomedical Library’s Makerspace which currently offers our popular 3D printing.  The Innovation Intern will help us assess how to grow our Makerspace services.

James has been utilizing his skills with the Unity game engine, animation software, and various programming languages to help with such innovative projects as augmented reality-assisted surgery, an animated CPR educational art installation, a Python script to match authors with editors, interactive apps to teach music theory, and 3D stem cell animation. James is also working on an animation to demonstrate the application of a non-surgical corrective device for infant ear deformities, a device which was prototyped through many iterations at Biomed’s 3D printing lab.

James has received so many requests that we are extending his internship through the school year.

Please contact Barbara Cavanaugh (215-898-8020 /, Director of Penn’s STEM Libraries, if you have interest in working with James to further your project. Keep in mind that he has a queue of requests and his services may not be immediate, depending upon the complexity of the project.  If your timing is somewhat flexible, do tell us about your projects that may benefit from James‘ help!


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