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.
- 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.
Past Capstone Projects
Aran Bahl, Matt Chan, Karthik Prasad, Sara Sampson
A low cost device to frequently monitor vital signs in developing countries.
Ashlee Horn, Jeff Hsiao, Katherine Spack, Alex Takahashi
A tool to accurately record patients’ symptoms which delays the determination of a stable drug regimen by a neurologist. This solution simplifies symptom monitoring, enabling neurologists to quickly identify an effective treatment regimen for the patient.
Maxine Arnush, Priya Bhattacharjee, Joshua Chen, Richard Xu
A method to screen for ANS dysfunction in symptomatic pediatric patients who have been referred to a neurologist in order to reduce cases of misdiagnosis and improve treatment outcomes.
Darya Fadavi, Jeffrey Feng, Noreen Wauford
To measure the degree and spatial extent of pain nerve block both quantitatively and precisely in post-operative thoracic and abdominal adult surgical patients who have been given an epidural for their anesthetic administration.
Tyler Davis, Alison Long, Botao Peng
A device that accurately gauges pain intensity in older adults with multiple chronic conditions, in order to improve the clinical prescription of pain medication.
Justin Choe, Andrew Hild, Dhruv Kothari, Anisha Kumar
A method to predict impending type II respiratory failure in outpatients with COPD to reduce the rate of respiratory related outpatient mortality.
Tanay Nandgaonkar, Tra Tran, Victor Tieu
A method to increase freedom-of-movement in neurological ICU patients in rehabilitation or approaching step-down in order to improve ICU discharge times.
Anne Zeng, Katelyn Greene, Giang Ha
A device capable of handling loads the lower extremities typically experience through vehicle ingress and egress provides the user with stability needed for a comfortable and safe vehicle transfer.
Hannah Adelsberg, Celia Cheung, Eric Katz, Suzanne Chou
Sabrina Levy, Chris Deeble, Sravani Kondapavulur, Sivan Marcus
Vivian Shen, Toan Nguyen, Helen Park, Derek Liu
Jon Silberstein, Connor Ludwig, Deepika Bhatnagar, Sahithi Rani
Shalmalee Pandit, Weina Chen, Ryan Zolyomi, Sudershan Srinivasan
Ariel Wang, Hong Joo Kim, Prithvi Bomdica
Ashley Tsai, Daniel Corbett, Aritro Mukherjee, Anna Ngo
Asad Akbany, Kasper Kuo, Nicholas Leung, Karen Chen
Adrian Tabula, Brian Dick, Vinay Viswanadham, Yumi Suh
This project seeks to develop a device that allows hospital staff to monitor the respiration of patients being administered narcotic analgesics in a hospital setting.
Andrea Dickey, Noah Goldman, Robin Parrish, Geonyoung Kim
This project seeks to develop an assistive device which can more easily and conveniently be taken throughout the entirety of an individual’s home, such that they are more likely to use the device at all times, decreasing their chance of falling.
Michael Hwang, Vicki Ni, Elias Sideris, Jeremy Whang
This project seeks to develop a tool to expedite the separation and quantification of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts in a mixed dish.
Emmalyn Chen, Rachel Cheng, Ernest Lai, Peter Mains
This project aims to develop a device for monitoring patient sleeping and minimizing sleep disruptions in the hospital environment.
Haley Costigan, Anshum Sood, Helen Sun, Neeha, Teekappanavar
Ectopic pregnancies occur when the embryo implants outside of the uterine cavity leading to a non-viable fetus that represents a significant risk to the mother’s health. This project seeks to develop a low-cost, easy-to-use diagnostic that is suitable for deployment in the developing world.
Shilpi Mathrani, Ryan Akiyama, Julie Haduong, Shawn Li
The purpose of this project is to develop a solution to expedite fish feeding for a range of zebrafish facilities.
Norman Bae, Brooke Liang, Rahul Nayak, Amanpreet Virk
This project seeks to develop a tool for objectively quantifying behavior change in challenging rural environments.
Marie Biscarrat, Nimmi Bhatt, Robert Chen, Manali Sawany
Measurement of a patient’s oxygen saturation in venous blood gas (SvO2) gives hospital staff information about the patient’s integrated oxygen consumption. This project aims to develop a minimally invasive device that can measure SvO2 in a clinical setting.
Alexsandra Denisin, Davis Li, Pauline Luong, Chris Alabastro
The Capstone team developed a pup delivery detector to accurately determine birth time of pups such that researchers can age-match mice. Unlike manual inspection, this research sensor identifies the birth hour and day for age-matching individuals.
Kellen Chen, Helen Wan, Richard Hwang
Our team designed an insecticide-free, durable, low-cost method to divert mosquitoes away from humans that could be used in Ugandan households to reduce the prevalence of malaria.
Olga Miakicheva, Michael Nasr, Devi Khoday. Hosna Akhlaghpour
We developed a hand-held device with a pictorial interface where midwives enter data measurements (e.g. skin color, level of movement), and the device outputs an overall health assessment.
Connor Landgraf, Sneha Thatipelli, Sachin Rangarajan, Zhuchen Xu
Measuring jugular venous pressure (JVP) is an indirect screening tool for the presence of heart disease, but the effectiveness of the current measurement technique varies from user to user. The pressure read by this device outputs a clear signal to a display that can be read unambiguously by the user.
Sandeep Prabhu, Atri Choksi, Alish Manandhar, Rebecca Farr
The LifeWrap is a full-body tourniquet that helps to slow blood loss, contract the uterus, and direct blood towards vital organs to avoid hemorrhagic shock. The LifeWrap is not always effective, primarily due to variability in how much pressure is applied to patients. Our team developed a device that can interface with the LifeWrap to monitor the pressure applied to the patient’s uterus over time.
Robert Chen, Shayan Fakurnejad, Ha Sung (Leo) Moon, Kimberly Chan
our team developed a restraint system for high resolution movement of a scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) about the fixed point of a mouse retina, a telescoping lens attachment, and a laser alignment system to adapt an SLO for use with mice
Nasim Barzanian, Neil Ray, Sakthivel Nagaraj, Jeffrey Yang
Our device uses a continuously rotating sphere on the end of the laparoscope camera to continuously clean debris and provide unobstructed images, without interfering with surgery.
Supada Sritanyaratana, Kenneth Gao, Albert Lin, Homayun Mehrabani
Protection of catheters from bacterial biofilms can reduce the occurrence of catheter-related bloodstream infections. Our team decided to pursue an electrified catheter concept to inhibit biofilm formation due to the presence of electric fields in the catheter.
Inbal Epstein, Tak Yau, Susanna Ly, Arthur King
Our team worked to develop an adaptable patient transportation system which is low cost, durable and can traverse a variety of terrains for use in Haiti and Nepal.
Bryant Chu, Hoaming Huang, Eric Johnson, Jessie Tung
To address rising injury rates with an aging population, this Capstone team developed a safer, more efficient system to move hospital patients to and from beds/tables to minimize risk of injury to both the patient and caregiver.
Gary Chan, Albert Lan, Kathleen Lo, Tiffany Truong
The Capstone team introduced a device that allows for constant drainage of a hemothorax in trauma patients requiring a thoracostomy.
Philippe Decorwin-Martin, Austin Kwong, Xin Xin Lin, Nawal Siddiqui
The Capstone team worked with Jacaranda Health to create portable means to accurately assess human hemoglobin levels in a resource-limited setting using commonly available mobile telephone technology and WHO anemia standards.
Raymond Lee, Aleo Mok, Jessica Wen, Elaine Su
In conjunction with the CellScope team at UC Berkeley, this Capstone team developed a low-cost, portable device to generate consistent and high-quality sputum samples for the diagnosis of tuberculosis via cell phone based imaging.
Saba Khalilmaji, Brian McRae, Chengwin Saephanh, Libing Wang
The Capstone team created an electronic sensing device for direct and continuous assessment of breastfeeding mechanisms as a means to aid physicians in correcting nonproductive behaviors.
Wanging Du, Vincent Liu, Pamela Tiet, Hanson Zhao
To address the IVF success rate variability, the Capstone team developed a hand-held device to enable high accuracy and precision delivery of an embryo to specific locations in the uterus, as is needed in IVF.
Charvi Shetty, Vinidhra Mani, Jay Kumar
The team introduced an in-home, portable asthma monitoring device with components for airflow and chemical measurement.
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