Biomedical Engineering: Drug Delivery Innovations

Eligibility Requirements

Rising ninth through 12th graders. To participate in the residential experience, students must be at least 15 years old.


Mies Campus


Session Four–Five: July 8–19

This session will take place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


Residential: $2,350; a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration

Commuter: $1,300; a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration


*Note: This program has reached full capacity. Any additional applications will be placed on a waitlist.

Program Description

This two-week intensive class will allow students to explore areas of biomedical engineering in greater depth and see how math and science provide a basis for biomedical innovation. During the first week, the main objective is to expose students to smart drug delivery systems using hydrogels, beads, and nanomaterials to understand how biomedical engineers interface with the field of pharmaceutical science. During the second week, the focus will be shifted toward physiological measurements, and students will use electrophysiology laboratory equipment and software to measure and analyze their heart activity, muscle, and brain electrical signals to learn how biomedical engineers interface with the world of physiology. 

Example Activities

  • Lectures to introduce students to the topic related to the hands-on activities
  • Preparation of hydrogels with different polymers and crosslinkers
  • Quantification of proteins and other model molecules using spectroscopy techniques
  • Analysis of physiological data using electrodes
  • Small presentations to showcase their experience


Illinois Tech Assistant Teaching Professor Settimio Pacelli


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