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Rocco Portaro

I use modern-day power electronics to improve a technology known as needle-free liquid jet injection. It provides an alternative means to deliver medication that is traditionally administered via hypodermic needles.

Rocco Portaro received his Master's degree from Concordia University in Mechanical Engineering, whereby he developed an expertise in fluid dynamics and manufacturing. His current research interests lie in the field of biomedical engineering, an area that utilizes engineering principles to solve problems faced by clinicians. He is currently developing technology for needle-free drug delivery.  He also founded an engineering firm specializing in industrial automation, through which he wishes to offer young engineering students an opportunity to hone their skills.


Mechanical Engineering


English, French, Italian

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Rocco's blog posts

  • Critical Thinking and The Digital Age
    Posted on May 1, 2018 | By Rocco Portaro
    Technology has for the most part led to increased efficiency in almost all aspects of our daily lives. The 19th and 20th centuries brought about the industrial revolution linked to the creation of machines that replaced human labour and made mass production possible. Read more
  • Needle-free blood tests using lab-on-chip technology
    Posted on March 6, 2018 | By Rocco Portaro
    At one time or another we have all had the doctor request that we undergo the "dreaded" blood test, where a nurse uses a hypodermic needle and tourniquet to fill rather large vials of blood ...... Read more
  • Automation and The Education System
    Posted on September 26, 2017 | By Rocco Portaro
    Automation, a word which can evoke joy for the technologically inclined or fear and anger for others. At its core, automation consists of taking repetitive tasks , sometimes accompanied by strenuous labor and developing machinery and electronics..... Read more
  • Will robots replace needles in the doctor's office?
    Posted on June 6, 2017 | By Rocco Portaro
    Is it possible that in the not too distant future robots will eliminate needles in the doctor's office? Read more

In Focus: Rocco Portaro by Robin Pineda Gould

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