Senior Design

Senior Design (BE 495 and 496) is a full year capstone project for Bioengineering. Students, working in groups, conceive, design, and develop a bioengineering project, whether a medical device, molecular biological therapeutic, or research tool. Projects are inherently interdisciplinary, and can involve biomaterials, electronics, mechanics, molecular biology, nanotechnology, and microfluidics.

Funding for this class is made possible in part through the generosity of the Benjamin and Anne A. Pinkel Endowed Student Projects Fund. The fund was established through a generous gift from Sheila Pinkel on behalf of the estate of her parents, Benjamin and Anne A. Pinkel, and serves as a memorial tribute to the lives of her parents. Benjamin Pinkel received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1930.

Senior Design 2021-2022

Instructors: Sevile Mannickarottu, David Meaney, and Michael Siedlik

TAs / Project Managers: Erin Anderson (BE PhD 2023), Melanie Hilman (BE 2020, Masters 2021, PhD 2026), Jonathan Mairena (BE 2021, Masters 2022), & JeongInn Park (BE 2021, Masters 2022).


Accolades (by team number):

Senior Design 2020-2021

Instructors: Brian DiPaolo, Sevile Mannickarottu, and David Meaney

TAs / Project Managers: Erin Anderson (BE PhD 2023), Sophie Burkholder (BE 2020, Masters 2021), Melanie Hilman (BE 2020, Masters 2021), & Vera Lee (BE 2020, Masters 2021).


Accolades (by team number):

Senior Design 2019-2020

Instructors: Brian DiPaolo, Sevile Mannickarottu, and David Meaney

TAs / Project Managers: Erin Anderson (BE PhD 2023), Abbas Idris (BE Masters 2021), Michael Magaraci (BE 2013, BE PhD 2021), Kayla Prezelski (BE 2019, BE Masters 2020), and Jared Rifkin (BE 2019, BE Masters 2020).


Accolades (by team number):

  • Team 5 - relieVR - RelieVR was a Bioengineering Senior Design competition winner and was the 2nd Place Winner of the 2020 International Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design Healthcare Design Competition Digital Health Track and winner of the 2019 Berkman Prize for Innovation at Penn Engineering.

  • Team 10 - SchistoSpot - This team was a Bioengineering Senior Design competition winner and also won the "Pioneer Award" at Penn Health-Tech's Rothberg Catalyzer in 2019.

  • Team 13 - Relila - Relila was a Bioengineering Senior Design competition winner and won 2nd place at the 2020 M&T Summit.