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.

2022 Capstone Competition Information:

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering hosted the 2022 Senior Capstone Design Competition on Monday, May 2nd, on the first floor of A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Read more about the event and the 2022 Senior Capstone projects online.

Past Capstone Competitions:

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering Capstone Design Course and competition is made possible with the support of our generous sponsors. We thank them for their contributions.

Founding Sponsors

The Fischell Family

Mrs. Susan Fischell is the creator and sponsor of our department's annual Capstone Design Awards. In this competition, launched in 2009, the top senior undergraduate project teams as selected by a panel of judges win monetary prizes donated by Mrs. Fischell and are invited to present their work to the public. The teams may also have the opportunity to have their inventions put on track for development at the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices.

Dr. & Mrs. Fischell

Dr. Robert E. Fischell & Mrs. Susan Fischell

Platinum Sponsors:

Becton Dickinson  

Gold Sponsors:

Mpowering the State




Dr. Ivor T. & Ms. Michelle Knight
Dr. Peter Soltani

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University of Maryland School of Medicine  Children's National Health Center
Food and Drug Administration National Institutes of Health


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