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Seth C

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Stanford University


Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering design, Medical devices.


Hi! I am Seth. I am currently a graduate student working on my Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. My research area is focused on designing and fabricating microsystems and microfluidic tools for biomedical researchers as well as technology for disease diagnostics. My current projects focus on tumor tissue processing and drug screening, as well as allergy diagnostics. My interests span both engineering and biomedicine. I have a wide range of experiences from working in mechanical engineering internships as well as biology labs. Outside of my research, I enjoy being active. I was an Academic All-American basketball player in college and I still enjoy playing as well as biking, skiing, and hiking.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

DIY Microfluidics

Microfluidics is a growing field in engineering that is proving to be a powerful technology for diagnostics, blood screening, genetic screening, and studying antibiotic resistance. Microfluidics uses small-scale fluid mechanics to conduct tiny chemical reactions. Microfluidics can be made simply with tape and paper, but you can even use 3D printing or laser cutting to make the devices. Possible project ideas: - What are laminar and turbulent flow? - How do you mix chemicals effectively in microfluidic devices? - How can you use microfluidics to study cells? Students can make a microfluidic platform to conduct an experiment of their own, write a review paper on microfluidics and the applications, or anything in between!

Future of Biomedicine

Biomedicine and biomedical engineering is a broad interdisciplinary field with nonstop innovation. Students can pick a sector of their interest (prosthetics, diagnostics, implants, biosensors, etc.) and review the state of the field. I will help guide you to resources for background research. Then the student can write what innovations they think will come within 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years from now!

Coding skills

python, Matlab

Teaching experience

Undergraduate teaching assistant for statics and mechanics of materials, Graduate course assistant for Introduction to Sensors and Introduction to Microelectromechanical systems(MEMS).


Work experience

National Institutes of Health (2015 - 2016)
Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee
Wake Forest Univeristy, Center for Injury Biomechanics (2014 - 2014)
Summer research intern


Carnegie Mellon University
BS Bachelor of Science (2015)
Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Stanford University
MS Master of Science (2017)
Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Mechanical Engineering

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