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Senior Capstone Design Competition

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering Capstone Design course and competition is made possible with the support of our generous sponsors:

Founding Sponsors:

The Fischell Family

Platinum Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:



Dr. Ivor T. & Ms. Michelle Knight


University of Maryland School of Medicine

Children's National Health Center

Food and Drug Administration

National Institutes of Health

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities:

Anna Lee
Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
(301) 405-8289

BIOE Senior Capstone

Sponsorship Opportunities  |  Past Projects

About Capstone

All Fischell Department of Bioengineering undergraduate students take part in a two-semester Capstone design course, taken in year four. This course features guest speakers and gives students the opportunity to engage in discussion on current issues in bioengineering such as ethics, clinical trials, regulatory processes, venture capitalism, business principles, and entrepreneurship. In Capstone, teams of students, under the guidance of faculty and mentors, utilize what they have learned throughout their undergraduate studies to create their own engineering designs from concept to product.

In the second half of the course, student teams use what they have learned in these seminars and their prior coursework to guide the development of their own technological innovations and develop business plans for their commercialization.The Fischell Department of Bioengineering receives support for its Capstone Design competition from the Fischell family, the Mpowering the State initiative, and industrial sponsors AgNovos; Becton, Dickinson and Company; and CoapTech. Additionally, Capstone students often receive mentorship support from industry representatives and/or clinicians, including investigators from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Children's National Health Center, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.

This year's Senior Capstone Design Competition took place on Monday, May 7th, from 4-6 p.m. in the Leidos Innovation Lab at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark Hall. More information regarding this year's featured projects is available online.


Capstone Project Sponsorship: Annual Gift 

BIOE Capstone Project Sponsors gain the unique opportunity to interact with a team of four to five bioengineering seniors that provide 500 to 650 hours of project work over 26 weeks. Sponsors receive innovative solutions to an applied biotech challenge, while connecting with talented BIOE students and faculty. Sponsorship opens the door to identifying potential candidates for hire, and allows organizaztions the chance to market to both bioengineering students and alumni via print and online collateral including the BIOE website, course materials, and event signage. 


In August, project sponsors commit and are matched with BIOE faculty mentors. Students confirm their projects in September. From September through December, student teams meet with sponsors monthly and with faculty members weekly while defining the problem, evaluating IP, and completing preliminary designs for their projects.

In December, student teams present to their sponsors. From January through May, the teams then meet with sponsors monthly and faculty mentors weekly while building, testing, and refining prototypes.

In May, the student teams present their projects in a final poster session and compete for awards that recognize the top overall projects, best business plans, potential for social impact, and more.

How to Sponsor

Contact Anna LeeSenior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Past Projects & Event Recaps