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We would like to thank the many individuals who helped us throughout our project. First of all,we would like to thank our advisor George Pins, Ph.D., and co-advisor Krystyna Gielo-Perczak,Ph.D., for all of their help guiding us through our research. We would also like to thank Raymond Dunn, M.D., Ronald Ignotz, Ph.D., and Janice Lalikos, M.D. from the UMass MedicalSchool for all of their valuable input and guidance, arranging the hardware applications, anddonating a cadaveric sternum for testing. We would like to thank Russell Babbitt, M.D., Zach
Hurwitz, M.D., Richard Montilla, M.D., Elan Witkowski, M.D., and Julie O’Brien, M.D. at
UMass Medical School for the numerous hours they spent applying hardware to our samples.We would like to thank Kevin Mulgrew, Shawn Burke, and Christian Leibinger from KLSMartin L.P. for their generosity in donating all of the hardware and polyurethane bone modelused in testing. Additionally we would like to thank Neil Whitehouse and Jack Ferraro from themechanical engineering and chemical engineering department machine shops for their help andguidance in building and maintaining our testing device. Lastly, we would like to thank LisaWall for her help in the lab, particularly with the Instron, and helping us with lab access.