Senior Design

Senior Design (BE 495 and 496) is a full year capstone project for Bioengineering. Student 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 our projects is partly made possible 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.

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Senior Design 2020-2021

Complete list of Projects (including presentations, abstracts, and final papers)

Winners of the Senior Design 2021 competition:


IdentiFly is a low-cost device which will provide labs with an easy to integrate way to automatically sort fruit flies by sex.

Team members: Armando Cabrera (MEAM), Ethan Chaffee (ESE), Zachary Lane (MEAM), Nicoleta Mahu (ESE), & Abum Okemgbo


OtoAI is a novel digital otoscope that enables primary care physicians to take images of the inner ear and leverages machine learning to diagnose abnormal ear pathologies.

Team members: Yash Lahoti, Nikhil Maheshwari, Jonathan Mairena, Krishna Suresh, & Uday Tripathi

Winner of a Wharton Venture Labs Innovation Fund Validation Phase Award for 2020 and winner of the Technology and Innovation Prize for Penn Engineering's Senior Design Competition.


rUmVa is a cost-effective, autonomous robot that can quickly disinfect rooms by intelligently sanitizing high-touch surfaces and the air. 

Team members: Yasmina Al Ghadban, Rachel Madhogarhia, Jeong Inn Park, Robert Paslaski, & Phuong Vu

Winner of a Berkman Opportunity Fund for 2021.

rUmVa won the "Best Application Award" for the Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge, as part of the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics at Imperial College, London.

Senior Design 2019-2020

Complete list of Projects (including presentations, abstracts, and final papers)

Winners of the Senior Design 2020 competition:


relieVR is a bioresponsive virtual reality (VR) system for treating lower urinary tract dysfunction. This project was created by Nicole Chiou, Gabe DeSantis, Ben Habermeyer, and Vera Lee.

RelieVR was the 2nd Place Winner of the 2020 International Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition Digital Health Track and winner of the 2019 Berkman Prize for Innovation at Penn Engineering.


Relila is a 3-in-1 pad that provides hospital-level care into one discrete product for postpartum care, using novel biomaterials. It was developed by Alisa Bhakta (BE), Alexander Connor (BE), Lauren McLeod (BE), Alexa Murray (ESE), and Caroline Raquel (BE M&T).

Relila also won 2nd place at the 2020 M&T Summit.


SchistoSpot, is a device by Alec Bayliff (BE), Bram Bruno (CIS), Justin Swirbul (CIS), and Vishal Tien (BE), which uses microfluidics, deep learning, and AI to automate the diagnosis of schistosomiasis.

This team also won the "Pioneer Award" at Penn Health-Tech's Rothberg Catalyzer in 2019.