Senior Design

Types of Projects

Our projects have included challenges presented by biomedical engineering faculty, clinicians, members of the local community, and biomedical industry partners. These projects include:




Neonatal Respiration MonitorClinical Devices

Proximity to the University of Rochester Medical Center makes it possible for our students to work closely with physicians, nurses and therapists in the design of devices for use in a clinical setting.

Whether designing for surgical procedures, intensive care medicine, physical rehabilitation or the emergency room, our students learn about the challenges of the clinical environment and the procedures involved in regulation of medical devices.

Projects have included:




Silicon Nanomembrane FilteringBiomedical Research Technology

Working with faculty from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, student projects have developed research methods to investigate a variety of cutting-edge medical technology.

Often these projects develop prototypes for early benchtop experiments used to evaluate novel measurement techniques related to cell and tissue engineering.

For example, students have:




Blood Cell BioreactorBiomedical Optics Technology

The use of optical technology has revolutionized numerous medical devices, whether for the surgical suite, the doctor’s office, or remote locations.

Our students have worked with faculty from the Center for Visual Science and the Institute of Optics to investigate improvements to:

Optical detection systems have been evaluated for urinalysis, saliva testing, or portable radiation or E. coli detection.
Their prototypes have helped to refine clinical research studies, to investigate preliminary concepts, and to forge ongoing collaborations between engineers and clinicians.




Pressure Stimulus for fMRIUltrasound and Imaging Technology

The University of Rochester has considerable expertise in the area of medical imaging, including the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound and the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging. Capitalizing on this expertise, our students have developed:




Physical TherapistAccessible Technology to Enable Daily Activities

The ultimate goal of many biomedical engineers is to design devices that have the potential to improve people’s lives. Part of this is creating technology to assist individuals who face physical challenges due to illness or disability.

Each year, our students develop prototypes that help people with disabilities manage their daily activities—whether at home, on a college campus, or at work.

For example, students have designed devices to help:

Student teams often consult with the University of Rochester Disabilities Cluster, a group of individuals dedicated to enhancing awareness of disability issues in the areas of education, health care, research and inclusion.