More than 45 student teams and research groups gathered in Greenville to showcase their novel biomedical technologies and compete for design awards at the 2016 Bioengineering-GHS Design Exposition.

John DesJardins, right, led the 2016 Bioengineering-GHS Design Exposition.

John DesJardins, right, led the 2016 Bioengineering-GHS Design Exposition.

The event was at the TD Convention Center and was sponsored by Clemson University’s Department of Bioengineering and  Greenville Health System.

“This is impressive work,” said Marc Long, PhD, senior director, R&D Orthobiologics, Stryker Spine and bioengineering advisory board member.

He added, “I am always impressed with the novelty of the design solutions and the robustness of the design methodology that these students are demonstrating.”

John DesJardins, the Robert B. and Susan B. Hambright Leadership Associate Professor,  has led the event each year since 2009. The event started with only two bioengineering posters in the hallway of Rhodes Engineering Research Center and is now becoming a must-see event for regional biotech entrepreneurs and biomedical device manufacturers.

“It was our most successful event yet,” he said of 2016’s expo. With over 250 people attending, “The expo was an excellent way to celebrate the biomedical design achievements that have been supported by laboratory research, clinical collaborations and industry partnerships.”

This year’s event had a new feature.

In addition to the senior design teams, the inaugural class of Masters of Engineering students in bioengineering showcased the results of their two-semesters of work in the design and refinement of novel biomedical technologies. They completed their work in collaboration with regional biomedical device industry mentors and device manufactures to bring new technologies closer to market.

The invitees to the expo included:


  • Twenty-three teams of bioengineering seniors to present the results of their two-semester partnerships with local clinical collaborators.


  • Representatives from bioinstrumentation courses to present their technologies, ranging from mind-control robots to infant respirators.


  • Students working in teams as part of Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program to showcase their novel innovations that came as a result of collaboration with faculty and community partners. Teams included those focused on student start-ups, international medical device development and clinical collaborations.


For more information on Bioengineering Design or the Design Expo, please contact John DesJardins and