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Filling the need for organ phantoms in surgical education


We aim to design synthetic organ models to give surgical students a humane, affordable, and accessible tool to practice with.



PhantomCor is a team of engineering students at the University of Illinois working to increase the accessibility of surgical simulators. We strive to apply engineering and design principles from the classroom to the real world challenges poised by developing effective phantoms for different organ systems and use cases. Under the guidance of Dr. Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, PhantomCor has evolved from focusing on myocardial phantoms to tackling broader challenges in organ phantom design. Having started in 2015, the group has developed its design and business model entrepreneurship conferences, venture accelerator programs, and the NSF I-Corps program.


November 2015 to December 2015

Brainstormed ideas for overall design and structure. Researched similar projects to find ways to make our design an improvement on previous heart phantoms.

January 2016

Started prototyping and fabricating single heart ventricle models and began building pump system for dynamic imaging capabilities

March 2016

Wrote Arduino code for stepper motor driving our pump system using individual pulse waveforms. Presented prototype and poster at Engineering Open House at UIUC.

October 2016

PhantomCor travelled to the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) National Conference for both poster and booth presentations with the UIUC BIOE department.

March 2017

Participated in Engineering Open House 2017, teaching attendees about what we do and why it’s important. Honored with an award for the Most Innovative project at EOH.

April 2017

Competed in the Cozad New Venture Competition, UIUC’s largest entrepreneurial competition. Placing 3rd place from 100+ student ideas, projects, and companies, PhantomCor was awarded with lab space at Enterprise Works, legal services, and prize money.

August 2017

PhantomCor officially became a startup!

October 2017

PhantomCor returned to the BMES National Conference, this time for the honor of an oral presentation due to be given by our faculty mentor, Dr. Wawrzyniec Dobrucki

Began presenting at a showcases for the new Carle-Illinois College of Medicine as an example of how future “physician-innovators” could synthesize healthcare and technology. Also connected with Chicago-based innovation with a presentation under the ThinkChicago Roadshow

PhantomCor was named a winner at the 2nd Annual Illinideas pitching competition, hosted through UIUC’s Technology Entrepreneur Center

November 2017

Travelled to the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, to connect with industry leaders in cardiac phantom technology and better gauge customer expectations

December 2017

PhantomCor featured on the front page of the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology

January 2018

PhantomCor expands, bringing on three new members: a Mechanical Engineering Intern (Chris Chong), a Staff Engineering Intern (Rena Kanegae), and a Marketing Intern (Emma Lee)

February 2018

Selected as finalists for the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation’s Student Startup Award!

May 2018

Chosen to participate in the iVenture Accelerator, an educational student startup incubator at the University of Illinois! CEO Hiba Shahid and VP of R&D Teresa Yang are currently on campus connecting with entrepreneurship resources in Chicago and developing PhantomCor's business model.

June 2018

Accepted to the National I-Corps Program!

Our Team

PhantomCor Team Members

  • Hiba Shahid

    Hiba Shahid

  • Boeun Hwang

    Boeun Hwang

    Mechanical Engineering Supervisor
  • Viraat Goel

    Viraat Goel

    Secretary and Technical Writer
  • Joshua Au

    Joshua Au

    R&D Engineer
  • Teresa Yang

    Teresa Yang

  • Alex Hasnain

    Alex Hasnain

    Biomedical Engineer
  • Hugh Yeh

    Hugh Yeh

    R&D Engineer
  • Craig Soares

    Craig Soares

    Staff Engineer
  • Monika Kizerwetter

    Monika Kizerwetter

    Staff Engineer