Center for Biodevices sponsors six 2021 capstone design projects

The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory will launch its spring 2021 project showcase on April 30, highlighting research collaborative research projects across disciplines. Six of these projects are the result of capstone design teams currently working on biodevice-related projects this semester, sponsored by the Center for Biodevices Innovation Grants.

Wearable functional chest patch for detecting critical conditions from coronavirus

  • Sponsor: Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Team members:
    Tyler Douglas, mechanical engineering
    Patrick Finn, electrical engineering
    Ninad Mahajan, biomedical engineering
    Joshua May, mechanical engineering
    Nicholas Ross, mechanical engineering
    David Sheffey, electrical engineering

Low-cost extrudable biocompatible catheter body for the physical-plasma cardiovascular catheter

  • Sponsor: Sean Knecht, assistant teaching professor of engineering design
  • Team members:
    Sabrina Dobron, biomedical engineering
    Joseph Gluzman, mechanical engineering
    Ethan Goodstein, mechanical engineering
    Dax Hoffman, materials science
    Seth Laporta, mechanical engineering
    Abhijeet Maniktala, materials science

Non-invasive neurostimulatory device to improve mobility in Parkinson’s Disease

  • Sponsor: Xiao Liu, assistant professor of biomedical engineering
  • Team members:
    David Dzordzorme, mechanical engineering
    Lingqi Li, mechanical engineering
    Stephen Lombardo, materials science
    Connor Moore, biomedical engineering
    Shengkai Xu, electrical engineering

Development of improved face mask fixation method to attach mask to head

  • Sponsor: Michael Hickner, professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering
  • Team members:
    Patrick Flynn, mechanical engineering
    Yuetong Hao, biomedical engineering
    Olivia Mattessich, biomedical engineering
    Sarah Peters, biomedical engineering
    Nicholas Robibero, mechanical engineering
    Qi Sui, mechanical engineering

A deep learning prediction of hepatocellular carcinoma response to transcatheter arterial chemoembolization

  • Sponsor: Christian J. Park, diagnostic radiology resident, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Team members:
    Jena Everett, biomedical engineering
    Liam Raehsler, computer science
    Ares Vega, biomedical engineering
    Zeyuan Wang, data sciences
    Ziyu Wang, data sciences
    Zhimin Zhang, data sciences

Exploring the feasibility of remote monitoring of allostatic load and delivery of ecological momentary interventions (EMI) to quarantined COVID-19 patients using wearable biodevices

  • Sponsor: Jennifer Frank, associate professor of education
  • Team members:
    Nicholas Doolittle, biomedical engineering
    Mutian Fan, computer science
    Daniel Melo Cruz, computer science
    Brian Siroka, biomedical engineering
    John Smith, computer engineering



Established in 2020, the Center for Biodevices aims to bridge foundational science and clinical applications of biodevices, while enabling success of faculty, clinicians, and students across multiple disciplines.

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