University of Pennsylvania


Angel Xiao, Ana Beatriz Valente, & Katherine L. Hayna

Perspect helps individuals with Bipolar Disorder manage their symptoms when they are in danger of transitioning into manic or depressive states. It is a pen that helps users measure their mental wellbeing through electrodermal sensing and biosensing of the hand.


Tamara Prabhakar, Rachel Freilich, and Wade Miller

A user-friendly fecal monitoring system designed to analyze a patient's gut microbiome and detect ailments such as inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. The test kit syncs wirelessly with a phone app to display health data and transmit this data to a healthcare practitioner for more personalized care. 


Maia Yoshida and Dan Sipzner

Algae is a rich source of nutrients such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Nuri is a new generation of nutritious, algae-infused boxed lunches to replace traditional processed meals. 


Natasha Doherty and Minjun Chen

Autonomy is an exploration into the pork industry and how it affects people's lives. 


Gerardo Cedillo and Sayla Tenenbaum

Bi-Stable explores the integration of microorganisms, such as E. coli and P. aeruginosa, into packaging materials to allow for shape-changing capabilities. When activated, the packaging breaks down and can be composted as to not contribute to landfill waste.


Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.

Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts - Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He holds a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT's Department of Architecture. He was part of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and the Mobile Experience Lab at the MIT Design Laboratory.

He studied Media Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo and theories of media and representation, visual studies and Graphic Design at Bilkent University, Ankara.

Telhan's individual and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Istanbul Design Biennial, the Armory Show 2015 Special Projects, Ars Electronica, ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, the Architectural League of New York, MIT Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. His work can be found at


Karen Hogan, Ph.D., is a Teaching Laboratory Coordinator in the Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hogan received her B.S. in Environmental Biology from the University of Dayton and completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution with an emphasis in microbial and stream ecology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her current position, Dr. Hogan worked in the Department of Biology as a Laboratory Instructor. Additionally, Dr. Hogan has worked as a field biologist for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and consulted on water quality studies for the Philadelphia Water Department and the American Water Works Association.


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library