2024 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Designs


The Biomedical Engineering program acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.




maud gorbet headshot

Maud Gorbet
Professor and Director

Welcome to the 2024 Capstone Design Symposium!  

This event showcases the incredible work of graduating Biomedical Engineering (BME) students. We are tremendously proud of all they have accomplished on campus and during years of remote learning time. I appreciate the faculty, staff, and mentors who have guided them throughout their academic journey. 

Capstone is a milestone culminating nearly five years of academic experience, co-operative education work terms, and personal endeavours dedicated to developing innovative solutions to address important healthcare challenges. Sitting at the interface of healthcare, technology, and design, these projects tackle relevant problem spaces from assistive devices to imaging technology to the functionality of healthcare settings. Most importantly, the students centre the individuals, patients, caregivers, and clinicians facing the challenge in their design process. Many student teams participated in the Biomedical Stakeholder Café to speak directly with members of the healthcare community, including those with lived experiences. The combination of technical ingenuity and empathy offers a glimpse of how the students can positively impact society as they move forward in their careers. 

At the Symposium, we invite you to explore the design projects, engage with the students, and ask questions about their process. Many teams submit their projects for awards and competitions and value the opportunity to practice their pitch!  

We look forward to seeing the great things the class of ‘24 will accomplish in the field of Biomedical Engineering and beyond. We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the students’ achievements and we wish them every success. 

Dr. Maud Gorbet  
Professor and Director 
Biomedical Engineering Program 



Sasha korolov

Sasha Korolov

Christy lee

Christy Lee

Padmaashini sukumaran

Padmaashini Sukumaran

1. CareQueue

CareQueue enhances the current microphone system used in hospitals to place patient requests. With automatic speech to text detection, it categorizes and prioritizes requests, allowing nurses and clinicians to attend more urgent requests first and manage all patient needs in a timely manner.

PACE (Post-concussion Athlete Comprehensive Evaluation)

2. PACE (Post-concussion Athlete Comprehensive Evaluation)

Sabraj Bhatal, Nicole Elliott, Mohammed Gad

Concussions are a common occurrence in full-contact varsity sports, and their lack of detection poses significant risks to the well-being of athletes, team dynamics, and the integrity of the University's athletic program. PACE aims to enhance current on-field concussion detection protocols through providing additional individualized, supplementary data to athletic therapists. Through leveraging neurocognitive assessments and gait analysis technologies, PACE is able to detect deviations from an athlete's baseline walking pattern and neurocognitive function to facilitate more informed on-field decision-making processes.

CACHA Clinic Manager (CCM)

3. CACHA Clinic Manager (CCM)

Ethan Alvizo, Valerie Liu, Hannah Tario, Duru Uluk

Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA), our Capstone partner, is a nonprofit organization that sends volunteer doctors and pharmacists to provide healthcare through clinics in rural communities of Tanzanian and Uganda. Their largest concerns are patient identification and communication with low medical illiteracy patients resulting in drug non-adherence. The CACHA Clinic Manager (CCM) is a full system solution with three components: (1) a biometrics-integrated patient identification system, (2) secure medical records keeping, (3) culturally sensitive translated labeling. This solution aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of CACHA clinics operations, and ultimately save lives.

Lagan bansal

 Lagan Bansal

Ayden cauchi

Ayden Cauchi

Jesica chelva

Jesica Chelva

Logan wenzel

Logan Wenzel

4. VeinGuard

Over 3 million people suffer from kidney failure worldwide and require weekly hemodialysis treatment to live a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest complications that arise during hemodialysis treatment is stenosis (vessel thinning), which can lead to life threatening issues such as thrombosis. VeinGuard uses a non-invasive approach to monitor blood flow overtime for early stenosis detection. 



Azim Jiwani, Raziq Kassam, Anson Shapter, Stephanie (Yantong) Sui, Winnie Wu

Home exercise adherence is a critical factor in the success of rehabilitation, which is a considerable challenge for conventional physiotherapy interventions. ROMET (Range of Motion Exercise Tracker) is a system to be used by acute wrist fracture patients and medical professionals to digitally monitor rehabilitation progress while performing range of motion exercises. The goal is to increase adherence through completing prescribed exercises remotely without negatively impacting expected recovery duration and outcome. This will optimize the recovery outcomes through the improved patient adherence while positively contributing to the efficient allocation of healthcare resources.

Lixin chu

Lixin Chu

Megan dsilva

Megan D'Silva

Bianca simone

Bianca Simone

Emily yang

Emily Yang

6. emBRACE

One of the most common knee injuries during physical activity are ACL tears. Pre-operative rehabilitation for these injuries is often neglected despite their time-reducing impact on surgical outcomes and recovery. We propose a take-home knee brace capable of measuring range of motion and hamstrings-to-quadriceps muscle strength ratio, to increase the efficiency of pre-operative physiotherapy sessions. The patient will independently perform knee flexion and extension, enabling the smart knee brace to measure and sync data with our online platform, allowing the physiotherapist to monitor patient progression.

Emily bicknell

Emily Bicknell

Christina birch

Christina Birch

alex chang

Alex Chan

Sarah dykstra

Sarah Dykstra

Tess english

Tess English

7. SleepSentry

REM Behaviour Disorder (RBD) is thought to be an early form of neurodegenerative disease (NDD) as the vast majority of RBD patients eventually develop an NDD. Early identification of NDD is likely to enable treatment advances and lead to better long-term outcomes. In Canada, access to sleep clinics and neurologists, both essential in RBD diagnosis, is limited. SleepSentry is an at-home sleep monitoring system that records overnight EEG and movement data and highlights signal regions of concern to aid physicians in interpretation.

SATURN (Sensory Awareness of Touch Upper-limb Radial Network)

8. SATURN (Sensory Awareness of Touch Upper-limb Radial Network)

Sam Burke, Kate Harvey, Amanda Johnson, Ceili Minten

Despite impressive advances in the control of modern myoelectric prosthetic devices, the current lack of sensory feedback remains a challenge, often cited as the primary cause of user dissatisfaction and device abandonment. SATURN aims to improve users' ability to interact with objects in their surrounding environment by sensing force at the fingertips and delivering pressure information to the user's phantom hand map via inflatable air bladders placed inside the socket. SATURN incorporates customized design elements, and is compatible with a range of prosthetic devices.



Christopher Macartney, Finnegan O'Hara, Ella Walsh, Adam Yu

Gait training exercises involving wheelchairs in long-term care facilities are dangerous for both patients and healthcare staff; the worker must simultaneously hold the wheelchair and support an ambulating resident, which can increase the risk of falls. ADAPT (Automated Device for Assisting Physical Therapy) is a device that attaches to the back of a wheelchair and pushes it behind a walking resident, freeing up the hands of the staff member and making the exercise safer for everyone involved.


10. PICCArmour

Elika Emadi, Amna Mughal, Kshin Patel, Tina Wang

Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines are misused by patients with a history of drug dependency. PICC misuse causes a higher risk of contamination, an increased likelihood of hospital readmission, the risk of developing endocarditis, and can lead to drug overdose. Our solution consists of a lockable small box enclosing the PICC line which can be unlocked with a unique key. Our team designed an innovative locking mechanism to increase the tamper resistance and lockability of the device to prevent unauthorized patient access.


11. AdhereRx

Kayla Jetha, Juliet Kern, Nadia Nguyen, Erin Zhong

"Medication non-adherence can act as a barrier to successful long-term treatment, resulting in an increased mortality rate and an increased burden on the healthcare system. However, pharmacists currently rely on patient self-reporting and prescription refill dates to determine a patient's adherence. AdhereRx is a tool that provides quantitative medication intake data to pharmacists. With this data, pharmacists can identify trends and provide more tailored counseling. As a result, they can alter the medication regimen to better fit the patient's needs. 

TriTogether Blades

12. TriTogether Blades

Aadam Nanji, Mariya Peskova, Eunice Poon, Claire Thompson

Engagement in sports is essential for physical, mental, and social well-being. Triathlon, a popular cross-training activity consisting of swimming, cycling, and running, can be challenging for below-knee amputees to participate in as all three sports require different device needs. We designed a device that attaches onto a running prosthetic and allows it to be used for biking. In this way, we address the disproportionate amount of time and effort taken for below-knee amputees to transition between events in triathlons in a safe and effective manner.


13. ArthroSync

Gurman Brar, Adam Courchesne, Jonah Leinwand, Aryan Singh, Eknoor Singh

Physiotherapists are looking for methods of acquiring more quantitative information about the progress of their patients' treatments. For patients with knee osteoarthritis, ArthroSync serves as a wearable device that measures clinically relevant metrics, such as joint angle and speed, as well as collecting information and providing feedback on form, to both relay information to the physiotherapist and help patients receive more personalized and accurate care.


14. PainSightAI

Chelsea Huang, Victoria Li, Anushka Tandon, Clare Wei

Mismanaged post-operative pain management in infants is detrimental to long-term development. The PainSightAI team is dedicated to revolutionizing infant pain assessment by developing an AI-powered device aiming to replace subjective and time-consuming methods.  Using the Neonatal Facial Coding System (NFCS), we assess key facial cues such as brow bulge and nasolabial folds to provide objective pain values on a 0-9 scale. Combined with a custom-designed mounting device, we envision our solution being used in a variety of pediatric settings. 


15. MediCool

Grace Chen, Rebecca Ma, Candace Ng, Jane Shen

Organ transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves replacing a failed organ in the recipient with a healthy donor organ. The current standard of organ preservation during transit involves storing them in ice boxes, which threatens organ viability due to cold injury. To maximize viability, we have developed a temperature-regulated transport device for kidneys that actively maintains an internal temperature at the safest temperature range (4-8°C) for up to 24 hours.


16. ClarifEye

Charmaine Lam, Brian Li, Howard Nguyen-Huu, Anni Wang

Developing a mobile application that integrates computer vision, LiDAR, and machine learning technologies to offer individuals with visual impairment real-time feedback on outdoor obstacles. This application will identify the type of obstacle, measure its distance from the user, and track the obstacle's direction if it's moving. Designed to complement traditional navigation aids like guide dogs and white canes, this solution aims to enhance route decision-making and boosts user confidence and independence in outdoor navigation.


17. PressurePro

Inaara Ahmed-Fazal, Eve Boulanger, Hannah Cardoza, Meghan Lacoste, Sophie Stupalo

The PressurePro team has developed a system for pressure ulcer reducing air-filled cushions used by manual wheelchair users with complete spinal cord injuries. This system integrates into the standard four quadrant ROHOtm air cushion, prescribed to high-risk patients. To effectively mitigate pressure ulcers, the cushion must maintain an ideal internal pressure set by an occupational therapist. The objectives of this device include eliminating daily manual pressure checks, automating cushion inflation/deflation, and alerting users to detected leaks for more effective repairs.


18. Quantrem

Isabella Daneyko, Rachel Leung, Emily Mende, Douglas Pakenham, Emma Grace Wheeler

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a life-threatening condition for which tremors are one of the key indicators. Currently, practitioners indicate a patient's tremor severity on a seven-point scale based on their personal interpretation and experience, which can wrongly inform treatment and lead to unnecessary benzodiazepine prophylaxis. Quantrem is a wearable device that takes postural tremor frequency readings at the hand and reports the associated severity and trends on a streamlined interface. The goal of Quantrem is to minimize score inconsistencies for improved withdrawal management by better informing practitioners.


19. SLAI (Skin Lesion AI)

Yewon Kwak, Cody Raycraft, Rui (Lisa) Xie, Eileen Zhang

In the last decade, skin and subcutaneous disorders accounted for the fourth leading cause of nonfatal disease burden globally. Given the severe shortage of dermatologists nationwide, patients often suffer long wait times and delayed care. Most Canadians regularly visit their family doctors yet the doctors often lack the expertise to confidently diagnose skin lesions. Skin Lesion AI (SLAI) is a cross-platform AI case-retrieval system that will allow family doctors to accurately screen skin lesions in a timely manner.


20. NeuroMap

Ying Yang, Yue Yang Yu, Dana Zarezankova, Zoey Zhang

With over 50 000 Canadians affected by brain tumours each year and a 5-year survival rate of 35%, it is important to provide patients reliable information on their diagnosis. However, due the wide range of treatments, potential side effects, tumour heterogeneity, and mental burden, developing a holistic understanding of treatment plans is difficult. Thus, NeuroMap aims to streamline this process by using segmentation as a tool to classify and visualise tumours, while promoting patient understanding by providing personalized educational information.





The Department of Systems Design Engineering 


Catherine Burns 
George Shaker 
Xianguo Li 
Jenny Howcroft 
Alex Wong 
Alex Magdanz 
Calvin Young 
Maud Gorbet 
Behrad Khamesee  
Terry Stewart 
Stewart McLachlin  
Richard Staines 
Arash Arami 
Ewen MacDonald 
Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens 
Siby Samuel 
Akshaya Mishra


Dr. Bryan Tripp 
Dr. Calvin Young 
Alex Magdanz 


Harish Patil 


Chris McClellan 


Thank you to all the project advisors, support staff, and graduate students for their valuable assistance to the Capstone Design teams. Their support has allowed the students to explore complex, impactful projects and has given them the help and advice they need as they move on to the next stage of their lives. 



For more information about Biomedical Engineering design projects or to inquire about joining us in future design projects, please contact:

Bryan Tripp


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