When the housing market crumbled, former construction worker and business owner Jason Flowers had a plan. Always interested in medicine, he started down a path which has led him to his Master of Science in Anesthesia from the University of Michigan-Flint.
On the way, he designed a potentially life-saving device called the MieT Tube, or the Minimally Invasive Expandable Tracheal Tube.
Drawing on his background in construction, Flowers developed the idea of creating a mechanical device that uniformly expands its diameter without changing its overall length. His design utilizes interconnected ladder trusses and a series of mechanical expansion points, enabling the tube to both expand and shrink when necessary.