Senior Design

Previous Projects

Class of 2015

D.O.M.E. (Dome Osteotomy Medical Equipment)
Project Description: The development of surgical instruments to improve fixation in the dome high tibial osteotomy, a procedure to relieve pressure in the knee joint caused by knee osteoarthritis
Team: Meghan Kazanski, Alexander Lambropoulos, Reuben Morrison, Stacie Zwolski
Customer: Martin Korn, MD, FACS, FAAOS
Supervisor: Amy Lerner, PhD, Biomedical Engineering/CMTI, University of Rochester

Project Description: A simulator for OB/GYN residents at UR Medicine to practice the cervical cerclage procedure that consists of placing stitches around incompetent cervixes to prevent preterm births
Team: Maria Cazacu, Brittanie Kilchoer, Jennifer Park, Melinda Vander Horst
Customer: Christine Arnold, R.N.C., M.S., Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology, Simulation, UR Medicine
Supervisor: Anne Luebke, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

AdaptaBOWL Ramp
Project Description: The AdaptaBOWL team is developing an adaptive ramp to improve the independence of recreational bowling for people with physical and mental disabilities
Team: Carrie DeMoulin, Juliana Orlov, Stephanie Rigot, Jonathan Yang
Customer: Michael Tuller CAPE, Adapted Recreation Services, Rochester NY
Supervisor: Anne Luebke, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Neonatal PICC Line Introducer
Project Description: A comprehensive and effective PICC line introducer for delivering nutrients and life-sustaining medications to neonates
Team: Jessica Chen, Hiroshi Inuzuka, Michael Silverstein, Ling Yang
Customer: Kristin Scheible, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology, UR Medicine
Supervisor: Rick Waugh, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Bladder Cancer Surgery Simulator
Project Description: A training aid for urologists performing bladder cancer surgery 
Team: Kevin Fogarty, Marlin Myers, Nuley Seo
Customer: Chuck Welliver MD, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY  
Supervisor: James McGrath, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Intervertebral Endplate Preparation Device for Spinal Fusion Surgery
Project Description: To improve spinal fusion surgery through a reproducible endplate preparation 
TEAM: Jarvis D’Souza, Keith Grafmeyer, Samuel Kwak, Stephen Sloan
Customer: Jeremy Malik, NuVasive, Inc., San Diego, California
Supervisor: Hani Awad, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Project Description: An Ultrasonic Tooth Crack Detector
Team: Tek Gautam, Jacob Hyatt, Alexa Kuenstler, Jonathan Macoskey, Jungeun  (Jenny) Won
Customer: Robert Lerner, MD, PhD, FACR, Rochester Regional Health System
Supervisor: Diane Dalecki, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Photoacoustic Imaging
Project Description: The development of an appropriate mechanical mechanism in a photoacoustic imaging device  to be able to scan multiple object planes without any reduction in image quality
Team: Carlos Benitez, Rafique Khan, Emmanuel Mannoh, Benjamin Yue
Customer: Navalgund Rao, PhD and Vikram Dogra MD., Dept of Imaging Sciences, UR Medicine    
Supervisor: Edward Brown, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Project Description: Device to perform canalithic repositioning maneuver treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo 
Team: Yaron Adar, An An, Anna Gaines, Hanyang Liu
Customer:  Benjamin Crane, MD, PhD, Department of Otolaryngology, UR Medicine
Supervisor: Jong-Hoon Nam, Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

RADD (Rapid Autonomic Dysreflexia Detection)
Project Description: Autonomic dysreflexia is a potentially lethal condition that occurs in people with spinal cord injuries. RADD detects dysreflexia events before they can cause any permanent damage
TEAM: Vasanthi Balaji, Harrison Clarke, Benjamin Dengler, Joseph Wagner
Customer: David Whalen, JD
Supervisor:  Laurel Carney, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Project Description: A portable pill dispenser attachment for PharmaAdva’s automatic medication dispenser 
Team: Adam Hartman, Hang Li, Michael Mayor, Andrew Zeccola
Customer: Michel Berg, MD, Department of Neurology, UR Medicine
Supervisor: Scott Seidman, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester     

Project Description: A device intended to elucidate the correlation between muscle tension dysphonia and the pressure associated  with the closing of the soft palate against the posterior pharyngeal wall     
TEAM: Wing Han Wilkins Cheng, Kevin Colman, Francis Cunningham, Kathryn Luly
Customer: John Ingle, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, UR Medicine      
Supervisor: Regine Choe, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

BPR: Breast Pump Redesign
Project Description: Modernize current breast pumps on the market
Team: Tucker Burgin, Maura O’Conor, Sameer Shamsie, Sarah Wayson
Customer: Charles Phelps, PhD, Provost Emeritus and Grandfather, Pat Shores, MBA, Entrepreneur and Mother
Supervisor: Danielle Benoit, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

UR Infection Corrections
Project Description: High throughput in vitro method to quantify antibacterial properties of coatings on catheters
Team: Samuel Gullotti, Zachary Mietus, Samuel Rubin, Namita Sarraf
Customer: Keith Savino, PhD, James Bonafini Consultants, Rochester NY   
Supervisor:  Dean Johnson, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

HYDROLIFE: Hydration Monitor 
Project Description: Precisely measure changes in hydration of elderly patients to prevent the negative consequences associated with dehydration
TEAM: Matthew Baker, Jong Suk Kim, Xiaodan (Rachel) Niu, Shivaraj Shan
Customer: Joel Benzel, Founder, TouchStream Solutions, Rochester, New York
Supervisor: Mark Buckley, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

M^3(Mobile Moment Monitor)
Project Description: A device to measure the knee adduction moment in a clinical environment as a measure of risk for development knee OA
Team: Christina Kim, Alexander Matthers, Xuan (Sabrina) Pan, Kylie Stengel
Customer: Amy Lerner, PhD, Biomedical Engineering/CMTI, University of Rochester
Supervisor: Stephen McAleavey, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Class of 2014

Hemo-Box Design Day 2014
Biomedical engineering seniors Casey Dahlbeck, David Abplanalp, Courtney Astemborski, Chad Pickering, and Max Winkelman, the team behind Project Hemo-Box, a redesigned blood transport container for the Medical Center's blood bank.

MRPR Solutions - A MRI compatible button response box for use in fMRI research.
Team: Jesse Checkla, Daniel Grady, Deborah Cooper, Samuel Brown

ReduXX Engineering Consulting - The creation of an adaptable testing platform for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia patch development: By modeling the anatomy of a growing infant and surgical methods of patch implantation, the mode of patch repair failure can be determined by analyzing tension in surgical sutures over time.
Team: Jessica Yohay, Louise Bauer, Megan Stockdill, Asia Natasha Ingram

ActiviTrend - A system to record accelerometry data and a software algorithm to analyze and display intensity levels. 
Team: Jonathan Cyganik, Eugene O’Hanlon, Alin Ponici, Adam Pacheck

Set-In-Bone - To find a minimally invasive surgical securement method for subcutaneous cochlear implant signal receiver/nerve stimulator.
Team: Zee Fanek, Anthony Bianchi, Christian Weber

SkinSafe Solutions - The development of a urinary catheter securement device that can adhere to the delicate skin of ICU patients without causing blisters, skin tears or infections.
Team: Russell Adams, Ripa Chowdhury, Jacqueline Gardner, Taylor Guinan, Kristen Harding

Phantomize Designs - A model eye that mimics the optical properties of the human lens and multi-layer retina for use in Adaptive Optics (AO) ophthalmic imaging at the University of Rochester Center for Visual Sciences.
Team: Gwen Musial, Taylor McKenty, Scott Levy

BetaBird Medical - A portable continuous monitoring device for the early detection of malaria and other life-threatening diseases in small children.
Team: Dena Rothman, Benjamin Vespone, Ioannis Zampetakis, Ruobing (Frank) Qian

OSFORTIS - A mechanical cutting guide for consistent femoral neck osteotomy.
Team: Breanna Padasak, Jonathan Tran, Adin Reisner, Brandyn Devanney

Hemo-Box - Blood Storage and Transportation Cooler– A device labeled specifically for patients that can effectively store, transport, and monitor the temperature of blood in an FDA regulated storage temperature range to patients in need of a blood transfusion in the hospital.
Team: David Abplanalp, Courtney Astemborski, Chad Pickering, Max Winkelman, Casey Dahlbeck

UR DermMates - Improve the functionality and ease of use of a device that assays the skin barrier integrity of ex vivo epidermis samples.
Team: Amanda Chen, Kyle Fedorchak, Qihui “Fiona” Pu, Jacob VanderBurgh

PDGP Home Watch - A long-term home monitoring system comprised of a tri-axial accelerometer and software capable of detecting falls and measuring parameters associated with fall risk and medication efficacy for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Team: Tim Felong, Le Wang, Alex King and Jiashu Li

EncapsuPeel - A new laparoscopic myomectomy morcellation device design focused on reducing procedure time and risk of fibroid pieces loss in women. 
Team: Ben Faiga, Tiffany Kobee, Janice Lee, Kyle Mecca, Karen Meess

Airbrasion - A prototype wound debridement system that uses air jets and antiseptic microparticles to remove debris  and necrotic tissue to promote healing.
Team: Allayna DeHond, Hyun Jin Kim, Caitlin Koski, Matthew LeVasseur, Kevin Wong

Envision Engineering - The development of a portable and unobtrusive outpatient device to continuously monitor intraocular eye pressure in order to capture trends and patterns that might allow clinicians to better diagnose glaucoma.
Team: J. C . Billone, Raghashree Rajaravivarma , Nick Rohaidy, Vincent Sayseng

Sensum Medical - The centralization and specification of alarm signals on in-patient hospital floors through a system that consolidates signals from independent monitoring devices and alerts the caregiver using a non-audible signal in order to reduce the common issue of alarm fatigue.
Team: Ellen Boland, Ariana Goodman, Danielle Jaman

Sani-Drape Systems - The development of a sterile drape that will adjust to any size gantry to create a sterile environment within the CT scanner.  This will provide an environment conducive for performing parts of a biopsy procedure with the patient inside the CT scanner.
Team: Noah Elkins, Joseph Tocha, Bridgetta Ryan, Nick Benedetto

MAVAC - The development of a live-feedback system that will decrease the number of screws misplaced during the spinal fusion surgery.
Team: Andrea Lee, Cyrus Lambotte, Mercy Nyamewaa Asiedu, Vincent Alleluia, Alan Rosales

Class of 2013

AudioMetricResearch: Startle audiometer for research of neural processes affiliated with age-induced hearing loss 

Gabor Domain Optical Coherence Microscopy Skin Scanners: Refinement for dermatology applications

URine Control: A handheld urinal for female patients restricted to bed

telyCycle:  A wearable device which measures physiological signals and relays them between cyclists

ViscQuik:  A device to improve consistency in mixing thickened liquids to be consumed by patients with dysphagia    

DyDATS System: Device to automatically track type, dosage and time of injection of IV drugs during surgery 2nd Place Forbes*

EZ-Arm:  Arm support device for stroke and TBI rehabilitation to restore arm strength for daily activities

VenAer: A guidewire for the detection of air in the heart to reduce risk of life-threatening complications in surgery

Gotcha’ Back: Postural support system combining an adjustable back support with a feedback system 

Adjustable Size Pigtail Catheter:  An adjustable size drainage catheter to reduce clogging and need for changes 

RENDEra:  Micropenned RF balloon catheter for renal denervation    

Fontannula:  A cannula to optimize flow in the Fontan intersection and allow connection to Ventricular Assist Device

Class of 2012

ProBal:  In-Therapy proprioception and balance training device for rehabilitation from stroke

BrIm Box:  A positioning device used during intra-operative breast tissue imaging for lumpectomy procedure

SteriBot Systems:  Customized sterile environment for robotic multiprobe device

FloMaR:  Surgical IV fluid administration in adults: Measurement and recording without a pump 2nd Place Forbes*

H.U.A.:  Computerized self-tests of Auditory Fitness for Duty screening for hearing loss in the Armed Forces 

HemoGlove/HemoPad:  Fecal occult blood testing unit for detecting blood in patients' stool

MONO-MANO:   A one-handed cycling control device to accommodate users with only one functional arm. 1st  Place Forbes*, continued through Innovocracy Fund as a student-run company

AMTAC:  Adjustment Mechanism for the Transfer to Adaptive Cycles

pHOX:  Simultaneously monitoring of esophageal pH and blood oxygen desaturation

HLHS:  Pulmonary Hemodynamic Model of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Accufeed:  Sterile media transfer from IV bags in accurate, user-defined volumes for use in cell and tissue culture

RedCat: LED-based system for biliary catheter sterilization utilizing photodynamic therapy

VertiGone:  Head mounted device to facilitate the remote diagnosis of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Class of 2011

simIV:  Physiological accurate, quantitative feedback for better understanding of intravenous catheter complications

UR Walking:  Linear track for gait rehabilitation of scissor gait due to brain trauma 

The Commode Bidet:  Bidet system to facilitate independent bathroom hygiene

EyeKey:   Alternatively controlled letterboard to facilitate communication for patients with locked-in syndrome

CoroFlow:   Coronary artery perfusion system for excised hearts for IVUS imaging of atherosclerosis

VasoTech Systems:  Physiologically accurate model of leg vasculature to evaluate clinical interventions

Electrogustometry:   Portable system to evaluate taste perception through the electrical stimulation of the tongue

RoboPaedics:   A novel life-sized variable size robot to model standing human sway and test a balance system

In Home DVA: System for conducting dynamic visual acuity tests for rehabilitation of vestibular hypofunction 

gluComfort:  A minimally invasive glucose meter evaluating SensiVida’s microneedle technology 2nd Place Forbes*

DonDoff Solutions:  Safer, easier systems to don & doff back braces for post-surgical patients 2nd Place Forbes*

Cell Stretch:  A two-dimensional cell-stretching device for realistic mechanical stimulation in cell-culture experiments

RespiTune:  Wireless respiratory therapy device adapted from an existing digital musical instrument, the Jamboxx

Class of 2010

Arm EmBrace: Improved arm-brace for rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury, 1st Place Forbes*

Blood Cell Bioreactor: A device producing erythrocytes through mechanical stimulation via pressure control

DiaMS: Diabetes Accessible Management System—better accessibility for patients with complications of diabetes

E.TECT E.coli Sensing System: A portable reagent-free fluorometer for detection of E.coli in aqueous environments

Fluoroprosthetic Percutaneous Intragastric balloon (FPIB): An intragastric balloon to promote weight loss

Injector Perfectors: Device to realistically model injections with collapsible veins, 3rd Place Forbes*

Limb Heater for EMG & Nerve Testing: Reusable limb temperature regulation for nerve conduction studies

Pressure Point: Localized pressure stimuli to lumbar vertebrae for fMRI studies of chronic back pain

Radiation Analysis Dosimetry: A portable biodosimeter to measure radiation exposure using a blood sample

Simulation Innovation: Modifying a simulation experience in the OB/GYN Center

Wheelchair Seating Evaluation System: A device to assess the proper fit for people requiring a wheelchair

UR-PUCP Collaboration for Healthcare in Developing Nations: (This NCIIA-sponsored program provided opportunities for UR students to travel to Lima, Peru to address healthcare challenges in developing nations. In some cases, our students partnered with engineering students from Pontificica Universidad Catolica del Peru.)

DPN Diagnostics: Measurement of foot pressures to identify risk of ulceration in peripheral neuropathy, 2nd Place Forbes*

Medical Lighting: Inexpensive and effective illumination for dental and general examination 

Peruvian Pulmonary Bed: A bed to facilitate postural drainage for treatment of pulmonary disease 

Class of 2009

AFO—Ankle Foot Orthotic: Customizable ankle orthotic system

CDHSilo: Device to repair congenital diaphragmatic hernias

Independent Environmental Access (iCan): Hospital room control for patients with spinal cord injuries

MicroEZmix by Pocket Dose: Apparatus/procedure to aid in mixed dosing of injectable drugs, 2nd Place Forbes*

Nanomembrane Array for High-Throughput Drug Screening: Detection of proteins using a silicon membrane array

Operation Respiration: A neonatal respiration monitor for infants on high-frequency ventilation systems 

PolyNet Technology: Evaluation of a shape-memory polymer as an intervertebral disc replacement, 1st Place Forbes*

TB-dx Microscopy Systems: Microscope adaptation for automated diagnosis of TB in developing nations

THERASSIST: Seating system for physical therapist using a treadmill to facilitate gait retraining

UltraNeedle: Apparatus to aid in the positioning of a needle during ultrasound procedures

Urine Oxidation: System to test for anti-oxidants in urine

Walk2: Device to improve muscle stimulation to prevent foot drop in patients with hemiparesis

Class of 2008

Salivary Protein Inspection Team (SPIT): A UV-visible spectrophotometer to monitor proteins in saliva, 1st Place Forbes*

Smart Toilet M.D.: Smart toilet to measure prescription compliance for prolonged independent living, 2nd Place Forbes*

Access-a-Pill: Device to dispense and cut medication for persons with accessibility issues

Vascular Engineering Group: Improvements to femoral artery stents for decreased fracture rate

Bridging the Gap: A method to measure the misfit of a dental implant

Bioelectric Solution Technologies: Bronchoscope induced electroporation for non-viral intrapleural gene transfer

Fracture Detective: Using ultrasound for the detection of bone breaks

Soft Tissue Viscoelasticity: Cyclic shear testing to characterize viscoelastic properties of soft tissues 

Recovery on a Roll: Gait training with partial weight support

Building Balance: Assessing weight-bearing during recovery

Class of 2007

SOLUX Smile: Proprietary lighting system to help dentists match dental implant colors, 1st Place Forbes*

SLIDE Saline Solutions: Mechanically assisted syringe, Tie for 2nd Place Forbes*

INFUTECH Infusion Pump: Modifications for accessibility in home infusion pump systems, 1st Place RERC# Competition 

URTEC-AS: wireless urine detector with alarm for toilet training system for children with autism

Rise-To-Relief Ramp: Customized ramp that aids a child with arthrogryposis to reach height of toilet

CAT-DS: An acoustic system that characterizes blood vessel obstructions using a sound profile

LumbarJacks: Device for treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis

VasculoVations: Flexible introducer sheath 

Class of 2006

NanoNet: Design of Serial-Filtration System, 2nd Place Forbes*

Dynamic Diagnostics: Design of a Muscle Activity Monitor

Dex Innovations: An Accessible Medication Dispenser, 1st Place RERC# Competition

ACCEL: The portable head acceleration measuring device

TNGS: The Next Generation Stent: Improvement to the transjugular intrahepatic porosystemic shunt

Systolic Systemics: Design of a continuous non-invasive blood pressure monitor

PPC, Inc.: Practical Procedure Consultants: Design of a system to prevent lost guidewires

Pentocular: Non-invasively measuring the quality and quantity of tear film

Class of 2005

PAHLS: Personally adjustable hearing loss simulator, 1st Place Forbes 

VersaErg Innovations: Accessible cyclic ergometer for diverse abilities, 3rd Place in Forbes* and 1st Place RERC# Competition 

EM Need: Biopsy needle for reduced blood loss 

AFB Robotics: Robotic needle and phantom for prostrate brachytherapy

Hydrogenyx Hydrodynamic Bioreactor: A multi-cartridge laminar flow

Whisker Wigglers: Rodent whisker stimulation device for experimental research

Globin, Inc: Bedside Blood Analysis

JREAM Co.: Physical activity & nutritional education for pediatric obesity 

*Forbes Entrepreneurship Award: Honors the student or group of students judged to have submitted the best written and oral business proposal for their design

#RERC-AMI Competition: NSF-sponsored National Student Design Competition to improve accessibility of medical instrumentation, judged by preparation of web page detailing design process and prototype