Capstone Design Course

2011 team RAJE

Raymond Lee, Aleo Mok, Jessica Wen, Elaine Su, Asa Tapley, Lina Nilsson of 2011 capstone team RAJE

The Bioengineering Senior Capstone Design course (BioE 192) trains Berkeley’s bioengineering students for leadership and innovation in the medical technology arena. The capstone course gives students deep exposure to realistic challenges in the dynamic and stimulating clinical and commercial medical technology environment. Learning to embed in, interface with, and understand diverse technical environments is a key aspect of the experience, as is acquiring the ability to grasp and address an ambiguous problem in biomedicine. In collaboration with a diverse set of physician “clients” in varied clinical specialties at UCSF, Stanford, UC Davis, and internationally, small student teams develop and test promising novel medical device solutions during a 15-week course. These capstone projects provide the focus for students to work through one iteration of the engineering design process:  needs refinement and formulation, setting target specifications, concept generation and down-selection, specification refinement, functional prototyping, testing, and redesign. Three formal design reviews are conducted, with process outcomes formalized in oral and written documentation. Teamwork is a core aspect of the experience, including interaction with physicians. Course content is augmented with invited guest lectures from industry, regulatory professionals, and clinical practice.

Course goals

  • Provide engineering design training while creating an intellectual environment in which interdisciplinary innovation is promoted and encouraged.
  • Challenge our students to innovate and improve home care technologies, diagnostics, and therapies with true clinical need while gaining experience in intellectual property.
  • Implement an educational framework conducive to holistic user needs assessment, integration of universal design principles, and analysis of healthcare market trends.
  • Foster a dialogue between engineers and clinicians that supports critical communication skills necessary to empower generation and assessment of design ideas in a constantly changing interdisciplinary field.

2014 Capstone Projects


Point-of-care diagnosis


Retinal imaging

ALS deviceRespiratory assist

stair deviceStair safety mucus devicein vitro analysis ETT detectorEmergency treatment
stove detectorGlobal health Hair analysisSample preparation

2013 Capstone Projects

2013 Maternal HealthMaternal Health

2013 Global HealthGlobal Health

2013 NutritionNutrition

2013 GeneticsGenetics 2013 Patient CarePatient Care 2013 GeriatricsGeriatrics
2013 DiagnosticsMedical Diagnostics 2013 Patient MonitoringPatient Monitoring

2012 Capstone Projects

surgerySurgery neurologyNeurology surgerySurgery
disease screeningDisease Screening obstetricsObstetrics emergency medicineEmergency Medicine
pediatricsPediatrics infectious diseaseInfectious Disease

2011 Capstone Projects

 DelDect team
SqueakPeak: Mouse Pup Birth Detector for Research Laboratories
Egen team
Embryo Delivery Device for Greater In Vitro Fertilization Success
EPT team
Transforming Patient Handling
Febenders team
Portable Assessment of Hemoglobin Levels in Resource Poor Settings
Nebulizer team
A Home Monitoring: Early Detection of Asthma Flares
Newborn team
Improve Breastfeeding Latching Assessment
RAJE team
Point of Care CellScope Diagnostics for Tuberculosis
Thorax team
The Branched Thoracic Catheter: Efficient Hemothorax Drainage Through Localization Targeting

2010 Capstone Projects
2009 Capstone Projects
2008 Capstone Projects