With a project offering a new way to fix drooping eyelids, a team of biomedical engineering majors won the top prize at the Fall 2014 Capstone Design Expo.
The OculoSeal team — Mohamad Ali Najia, Jackie Borinski, Drew Padilla, and Andy Kolpitcke — designed a device that seals and cuts to correct ptosis, the drooping of the upper eyelid. The group’s project, sponsored by Dr. Denise Kim at Emory University Hospital, could also have implications for laparoscopic, gastrointestinal, and biopsy procedures.
“We wanted a project with a mechanical base but also with a pressing clinical need," said Borinski of how the team settled on the project. "This was the perfect combination of the two.”