Yong Yan (Crystal)  Liang

Yong Yan (Crystal) Liang

Scholar Title

MIT EECS | Nadar Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Programmable Smart Devices for Gastrointestinal Steering and Health Monitoring




Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Research Areas
  • Devices

Joel Voldman

Giovanni Traverso


The focus of this project is to design a steering system with low driving voltage (< 2.5V), medium actuation frequency (< 2Hz), and miniaturized space requirement (diameter < 500 um) that enables effective energy saving with ideal controllability for intravascular steering and drug delivery device. This will provide an unprecedented solution for a miniaturized, controllable steering and drug delivery system that will have huge translational impacts on therapies for Parkinsons disease and Crohns disease. I will be assisting in the design and fabrication of the PCB and mechanical parts of the proposed gastrointestinal steering and monitoring device that will help ensure that the medicine needed for the patient gets delivered properly.


Through my SuperUROP project, I aim to gain more experience working with medical devices in diagnosing and treating diseases. I hope to apply my skills in PCB and bio-mechanical design from 6.9000 and 6.4840. I have always been passionate about the BioEECS field, especially artificial organs and related mechanical systems in healthcare. I am super excited to pursue this research opportunity and will strive to publish a paper at the end of it.

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