All undergrad Bioe students must take the two-semester Senior Design sequence ( BIOE 396/397) toward the end of their curriculum. These courses are intended to give students experience managing a project from start to finish, and applying their course knowledge to real-life design challenges. Specific course objectives include: system or component design, applying standard engineering practices, project management skills, teamwork, and both written and oral communication skills.


Although most projects are already pre-arranged, occasionally students take initiative and identify their own project and/or sponsor. The most important part of the project is the idea. If you would like to propose a project, please email Terry Layton and include a Project Title, Sponsor Info, and complete description.

The main requirement for a project is to be design-oriented, well-defined, and achievable within an academic year. The importance of the design requirement needs to be stressed since this comes directly from the organization that accredits the Bioe program. Although pure hypothesis driven research does not qualify as design, it may be possible to cast a more traditional research project in design terms. Projects in which students serve as technicians or simply realize a recipe for a solution are not appropriate.


There are many resources available, to develop a prototype or proof of concept, through your project's sponsor and Bioe department. Your team will be responsible to research your idea, manage your time, utilize available resources, and bring your project into a presentable concept.

Materials & Resources

Materials can be purchased online or at a local hardware store. See Budget & Reimbursement Requirements section below for info on how to process your reimbursements. For ONLINE purchases, please use links below, build your cart and email to

Depending on your project, you may need access to facilities ranging in type from machine shops, C&T rooms, electronics labs, etc. Your sponsor will have more informations on type of facility you will need for your project. Most mechanical projects can be completed with support from the College of Engineering Machine Shop Budget & Reimbursement Requirements* 1. Group budget is announced at start of term. Please discuss will instructor. 2. Department will assist in placing orders; minimum of $35/per order is required. Therefore, we strongly advise for you to create a cart with as much items as possible. 3. Submit cart via vendor websites, using wishlist, email cart option, or send links to each item, to . State group name and number in subject line. Amount will automatically be deducted from your budget. 4. Group budget is for project supplies and EXPO poster ONLY. Food and meals are strictly prohibited; you will not be reimbursed. 5. Plan ahead and start ordering early, supplies will be delivered via economy (slowest/cheapest) shipping option. Expedited shipping will be selected on case by case basis as we get closer to expo. Important: Dept can only utilize vendors available in our PO system (iBuy) or our Amazon Business account, however, if an iBuy vendor has the item available within a comparable cost, we will order in iBuy. Reimbursement Requirements – if you prefer to purchase project supplies yourself: 1. Only one (1) reimbursement is allowed per group at end of semester. Please have one person make local purchases or settle funding among group members. 2. Reimbursement requisitions will be accepted and processed after EXPO competition. 3. Please fully complete Reimbursement Requisition form provided by your. 4. Submit your reimbursement form to Bioe main office room 218 SEO along with required receipts. Questions or problems, please email


Every April, you will present your project at EXPO , the annual College of Engineering Senior Design Competition. Historically, Bioe design teams are among the strongest in the College of Engineering and are well represented among the EXPO winners . Poster Printing Instructions for EXPO Deadline to submit your poster is Monday, April 18, 2016 by 12pm (noon). You poster will be printed by Graphicsland Inc, please follow steps below for scientific poster printing resources and instructions:

  • Each team can print ONE (1) poster using your project budget. NO reimbursements will be provided for additional poster prints, your team will be responsible for the cost.
  • Submit your poster for print by Monday, April 18, 2016 by 12pm (noon).
  • Go to UIC Annual Engineering EXPO website via .
  • Click ‘DISCOUNT CODE AVAILABLE FOR THIS CONFERENCE’ then ‘ORDER MY POSTER’ and follow steps to upload your poster with desired size. Enter your team name in ‘Special Printing Instructions’.
  • When ready to check out, enter your email address and ‘Checkout as Guest’.
  • Enter Password for Order Group – available on Bioe397 Blackboard site.
  • Enter your name, e-mail, and phone number during the checkout process and continue until you have submitted the order.
  • Posters will be delivered to Bioe main office on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Should you choose to print your poster elsewhere, your team will be responsible for the cost, NOreimbursements will be provided. Questions or problems, please email MakeSignsHelix