The BME Design Awards

The Biomedical Engineering Design Awards are presented during the Spring Design EXPO and Poster Presentations on the UW-Madison College of Engineering campus.

The Tong Biomedical Design Award

The annual competition's Platinum Sponsor is, University of Wisconsin-Madison electrical engineering alumnus, Peter Tong and the Tong Family Foundation. The Tong awards reward biomedical engineering undergraduate teams that design innovative solutions and develop outstanding prototypes. Their work addresses real challenges that University of Wisconsin medical and life sciences faculty and area biomedical companies face and offer for the students to solve.

The Design Excellence Award

The BME Design Excellence Award is presented by Faculty judges to teams who have shown excellence through the design process. This award is focused on critical-path research or specialized one-of-a kind devices. It does not require the team to perform market analysis, but instead should highlight how thoroughly the engineered solution addresses the client's problem through rigorous design, construction, testing and validation.

  • 2019
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
    • Seniors: Sindhu Battula, Tanya Iskandar, Christopher Rupel, Amanda Cave and Kaela Ryan, designed the "Dialysis solution analysis for infection prevention" with Dr. R. Allan Jhagroo as the client, and advised by Amit Nimunkar.
    • Juniors: Ben Knudsen, Janmesh Patel, Amber Rollete, Courtney Lynch and Tarika Patel, designed the "Near infrared pen" with Dr. Nicholas James Albano as the client, and advised by Darilis Suarez-Gonzalez.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Ayla Annac, President & CEO, Invivo Sciences Inc.
      Dennis Bahr, PhD, Director of R&D, HELIonx
      Scott Baron, Serial Entrepreneur
      Jeff Dalsin, PhD, VP - Product Development, Im-Bed Biosciences
      Leah Haman, Intellectual Property Manager, WARF
      Ray Harter, President, Marvel Medtech
      Leon Janssen, GE Medical - Executive (emeritus)
      Madeline Meier, Design Verification Engineer, GE HealthCare
      Ron Pulvermacher, President, Matrix Product Development
      Bonnie Reinke, President & CEO, Eso-Technologies
      Rick Schefelker, Vice President, NeuWave Biomedical
      Andy Siedschlag, Manufacturing Engineer, GE HealthCare
      Matt Thiel, Lead Systems Engineer, NeuWave Medical
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
    • Seniors: Alexander Teague, Alexander Babinski, Zachary Wodushek, and David Fiflis, designed the "Osteochondral transplant system" with Dr. Brian Walczak as the client, and advised by Tracy Jane Puccinelli.
    • Juniors: Samuel Parmentier, Eric Arndt, Hayley Raj, and Daniel Wildner designed the "Lower Extremity Strength Testing Device" with Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit and Dr. Rita Deering as the client, and advised by Darilis Suarez-Gonzalez.
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. Walter Block
      Prof. Paul Campagnola
      Prof. Aviad Hai
      Prof. Melissa Kinney
      Prof. Kip Ludwig
      Prof. William Murphy
      Prof. Jacob Notbohm
      Prof. Melissa Skala
  • Student Service Award
      This year a special award was presented to Rebecca Jean Alcock for her dedication and service to the department especially for her work as BSAC Chair and originating and organizing the first Annual BME Showcase.
  • 2018
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
    • Seniors: Joseph Ashley, Emily Foran, Lexi Doersch, Brett Struthers and Will Flanigan, designed the "Device for capturing IVC filters" with Dr. Paul Laeseke as the client, and advised by Paul Thompson.
    • Juniors: Tyler Bambrough, Jack O'Keefe, Will Olson and Carl Parent, designed the "Novel At-Home Risk Detector for Kidney Stones" with Dr. Roy Allan Jhagroo as the client, and advised by Chris Brace.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Jeanine Burmania, Licensing Manager, WARF
      Jeff Dalsin, Ph.D., VP of Product Development, Im-Bed Biosciences
      Steve Goodman, CSO, Microscopy Innovations
      Eric Horler, CEO, Swallow Sloutions
      Nhi Le, Director of gBETA, gener8tor
      Madeline Meier, Design Verification Engineer, GE HealthCare
      Bonnie Reinke, President and CEO, Eso-Technologies
      Rick Schefelker, Vice President, NeuWave Biomedical
      Richard Schmidt, CEO, Medical Engineering Innovations, Inc.
      Laura Strong, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, Propagate Health
      Matt Thiel, Lead Systems Engineer, NeuWave Medical
      Lisa Waples, President, Strategic Recruitment Services
      Don Weier, Design Engineer
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. David Beebe
      Prof. Walter Block
      Prof. Paul Campagnola
      Prof. Naomi Chesler
      Prof. Megan McClean
      Prof. Willis Tompkins
  • 2017
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Ayla Annac, President & CEO, InvivoSciences Inc.
      Dennis Bahr, Ph.D., Director of R&D, HELIonx
      Jeanine Burmania, Licensing Manager, WARF
      Jeff Dalsin, Ph.D., Vice-President, ImbedBio
      Leon Janssen, GE Medical - Executive (emeritus)
      Nhi Le, Director of gBETA, gener8tor
      Dave Pulvermacher, Product Manager, Matrix Product Development
      Bonnie Reinke, CEO, Eso-Technologies
      William Saltzstein, CEO, Code Blue Communications, Inc
      Richard Schmidt, CEO, Medical Engineering Innovations, Inc.
      Kristin Seashore, Lead Program Integrator, GE HealthCare
      Matt Thiel, Lead Systems Engineer, NeuWave Medical
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. Dave Beebe
      Prof. Paul Campagnola
      Prof. Melissa Skala
      Prof. Ray Vanderby
      Nyna Choi, BS BME '15
      Dalton Hess, BS BME '16
      David Schreier, BS BME '12
      Dr. Christa Wille, BS BME '12, DPT
  • 2016
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
    • Seniors: Nathan Leppert, David Schmidt, Alyssa Acker, Eric Howell and Nicholas Gilling, designed the "Dialysis solution analysis for infection prevention" with Dr. R. Allan Jhagroo as the client, and advised by John Webster.
    • Juniors: Connor Sheedy, Matthew Knoespel, Randal Mills, Philip Terrien and James Olson, designed the "Telemetry Adaptor" with Dr. Nick Von Bergen as the client, and advised by Jeremy Rogers.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
    • Seniors: Samuel Esch, Justin Alt, Todd Le, Daniel Grieshop and Rocio Riillo, designed the "Atrial Fibrillation Screener" with Dr. Phil Bain as the client, and advised by John Webster.
    • Juniors: Alec Hill, Molly Scott, Michael Weiser, and Liam Takahashi, designed the "Back Support for Surgeons" with Prof. Robert Radwin as the client, and advised by Chris Brace.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Jeanine Burmania, Licensing Manager, WARF
      Jeff Dalsin, Ph.D., CEO, EchoMetrix
      Leon Janssen, GE Medical - Executive (emeritus)
      Ray Harter, President, Marvel Medtech
      Dave Pulvermacher, Senior Project Engineer
      Bonnie Reinke, President & CEO, Eso-Technologies
      Richard Schmidt, Ph.D., CEO, Medical Engineering Innovations, Inc.
      Laura Strong, Ph.D., President & COO, Quintessence Biosciences
      Matt Thiel, Senior Engineer, NeuWave Biomedical
      Mark Thom, Senior Engineer, NeuWave Biomedical
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
    • Seniors: David Mott, Lucas Hurtley, Evan Jellings, and Lucas Lato, designed the "Pelvic floor muscle biofeedback computer games" with Dr. Patrick H. McKenna, MD, FACS, FAAP as the client, and advised by Amit Nimunkar.
    • Juniors: Trenton Roeber, Annamarie Ciancio, Kristen Driscoll, and Brian Yasosky designed the "Expandable bone graft" with Dr. Nathaniel Brooks as the client, and advised by Ed Bersu.
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. Paul Campagnola
      Prof. David Beebe
      Prof. Wally Block
      Prof. Pam Kreeger
  • 2015
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
    • Seniors: Alenna Beroza, Ana Lara Santiago, Emily Junger, and Kimberly Buchanan, designed the "Infant Delivery Device for Vaginal Delivery" with Dr. Jay Lick as the client, and advised by Joseph Towles.
    • Juniors: Justin Alt, Todd Le, Daniel Grieshop, Samuel Esch and Rocio Riillo, designed the "Atrial Fibrillation Screener" with Dr. Phil Bain as the client, and advised by John Webster.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Dennis Bahr Ph.D., Director of R&D, HELIonx
      Jennifer Bassett, Manager, EMD Millipore
      Jeff Dalsin Ph.D., CEO, EchoMetrix
      Ray Harter, President, Marvel Medtech
      Dave Pulvermacher, Senior Project Engineer, Matrix Product Development
      Bonnie Reinke, President & CEO, Eso Technologies
      Rick Schefelker, Vice-President, NeuWave Biomedical
      Mark Thom, Senior Engineer, NeuWave Biomedical
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. Randy Ashton
      Prof. Wally Block
      Prof. Naomi Chesler
      Prof. Pam Kreeger
      Prof. Wan-ju Li
      Prof. Beth Meyerand
  • 2014
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
    • Seniors: Alex Lavanway, Michael Schmidt, Jacob Tokar, and Ryan Keuler, designed the "Bean Sleeve (Super Splint)" with Mr. Matthew A Halanski as the client, and advised by Mitch Tyler.
    • Juniors: Hannah Frank, Timothy Abbott, William Greisch, and Jeffrey Wu, designed the "Cast saw skin injury eliminator" with Dr. Matthew Halanski as the client, and advised by John Webster.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
    • Seniors: James Dorrance, Terah Hennick, Taylor Weis, and Katherine Jeffris designed the "Expandable bone graft" with Dr. Nathaniel Brooks as the client, and advised by Mitch Tyler.
    • Juniors: Kimberly Buchanan, Alenna Beroza, Emily Junger, and Ana Lara Santiago, designed the "Infant delivery device for vaginal delivery" with Dr. Jay Lick as the client, and advised by Thomas Yen.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Dennis Bahr Ph.D., Director of R&D, HELIonx
      Jonathan Baran, CEO, Healthfinch
      Jennifer Bassett, Manager, EMD Millipore
      Erwin Berthier Ph.D., President, Tasso, Inc
      Jeanine Burmania, Licensing Manager, WARF
      Jeff Dalsin Ph.D., CEO, EchoMetrix
      Ray Harter, President, Marvel Medtech
      Leon Janssen, Engineering Executive (emeritus), GE Healthcare
      Ron Pulvermacher, President, Matrix Product Development
      Bonnie Reinke, CEO, Eso Technologies
      Rick Schefelker, Vice-President, Neuwave BioMedical
      Laura Strong, Ph.D., President, Quintessence Biosciences
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. Paul Campagnola
      Caleb Durante
  • Student Service Award
      This year a special award was presented to senior Caleb Durante for his dedication and service to the department especially for his work in the creation of the BME Design Studio and Teaching Assistant/Project Assistant in BME 201.
  • 2013
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
    • Seniors: Anyi Wang, Joseph Benert, Baljit Kler, and Nicholas Schapals designed the "Right Angle Scissors Dissector: TEAM RAD" with Emily C Hartmann, MD as the client, and advised by Tracy Jane Puccinelli.
    • Juniors: Terah Hennick, Katherine Baldwin, Alyssa Mitchell, and James Dorrance designed the "Endotracheal Lidocaine Applicator (ELA)" with Dr. Richard E. Galgon, MD, MS as the client, and advised by Mitch Tyler.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Dennis Bahr, CEO, Bahr & Associates
      Jennifer Bassett, Manager, EMD Millipore
      Erwin Berthier, President, Tasso, Inc
      Jeanine Burmania, Licensing Manager, WARF
      Bonnie Reinke, CEO, Eso Technologies
      Richard Schmidt, CEO, Medical Engineering Innovations
      Laura Strong, President & COO, Quintessence Biosciences
      Matthew Theil, Lead Systems Engineer, Neuwave Medical
      Lisa Waples, Founder and President, Strategic Recruitment Services
      Bruce Winkler, CEO, RA Sports
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. Randolph Ashton
      Prof. Paul Campagnola
      Prof. Naomi Chesler
      Prof. Wan-Ju Li
      Prof. Beth Meyerand
      Prof. Kris Saha
  • Student Service Award
      This year a special award was presented to senior Matthew Steven Bollom for his continued dedication and service to the department especially for his work above and beyond as BWIG Chair and Lead Student Assistant in BME 201.
  • 2012
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
    • Seniors: Kelsey Hoegh, Daniel Tighe, Tanner Marshall, Laura Platner, and Taylor Powers designed the "Development of a biocidal surgical drain" with Dr. Samuel Oliver Poore as the client, and advised by Mitch Tyler.
    • Juniors: Taylor Jaraczewski, Lucas Schimmelpfenning, Baljit Kler, and Joseph Benert designed the "Water resistant boot for walking casts" with Dr. Donita Croft as the client, and advised by Tracy Jane Puccinelli.
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Tim Bank, Lead Designer, Pharmacy OneSource
      Jennifer Bassett, Manager, EMD Millipore
      Ray Harter, President, Marvel Medtech, LLC
      Leon Janssen, Engineering Exec (Emeritus), GE Medical
      Ivar Meyvantsson, Engineering Director, Invenra
      Bonnie Reinke, CEO, Eso Technologies
      Rick Schefelker, Vice President, NeuWave Medical
      Laura Strong, President & COO, Quintessence Biosciences
      Lisa Waples, Founder and President, Strategic Recruitment Services
  • Design Excellence Award Winners
  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention
  • Design Excellence Award Judges
      Prof. Chris Brace
      Prof. Naomi Chesler
      Prof. Pam Kreeger
      Prof. Wan-Ju Li
      Prof. Kristyn Masters
      Prof. Brenda Ogle
  • Student Service Award
      This year a special award was presented to senior Matthew Steven Bollom for his continued dedication and service to the department especially for his work above and beyond as BWIG Chair.
  • 2011
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Judges
      Tim Bank, VP - Engineering, RA Sports
      Jennifer Bassett, Manager, EMD Millipore
      Jeanine Burmania, Licensing Manager, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
      Ray Harter, President, Marvel Medtech, LLC
      Jane Homan, CEO, IoGenetics
      Randy Iliff, Director, Strategic Innovation, Bjorksten | bit 7
      Dean Re, President, Meca Technology & Machining
      Bonnie Reinke, CEO, Eso Technologies
      Khaing Seow, Retired Executive, Epic Systems
      Laura Strong, President & COO, Quintessence Biosciences
      Matthew Thiel, Systems Engineer, NeuWave Medical
      Lisa Waples, Founder, Strategic Recruitment Services
  • 2010
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong BME Research and Development Award
  • 2009
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Honorable Mention
  • Tong BME Research and Development Award
  • 2008
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
  • 2007
  • Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award Winners
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