Ileana Pirozzi, from Colleferro (Roma), Italy, is pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering at Stanford School of Engineering as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. At Stanford, Ileana is working on a variety of projects to push the next generation of smart medical devices to prevent and treat heart failure. Her clinical focus is congestive heart failure and congenital heart disease, and her engineering approach includes biomimetic device design leveraging computational modeling, optimization techniques and soft robotics. Ileana is also interested in exploring novel approaches integrating AI and sensing for improved patient monitoring and long-term care.

Before coming to Stanford, Ileana was at Brown University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. Ileana was a research intern at the NASA Ames Research Center and at the Tripathi Biomedical Engineering Lab at Brown. She was elected President of the Rhode Island Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honors Society. Additionally, she was named a Vincent and Ruby DiMase Research Fellow at Brown’s School of Engineering and was a recipient of the Domenico Ionata Award for excellence in research and creativity in engineering, the Outstanding Senior in Biomedical Engineering Award, the Distinguished Thesis Prize and the K.T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award. With her Brown-RISD team, EmboNet, she was awarded first prize at the international Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition in the Advanced Healthcare division for their design of an embolic protection device.

Honors & Awards

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars Fellowship, Stanford University (February 2018)
  • First Prize at Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition in Advanced Healthcare division, Johns Hopkins University (April 2018)
  • Distinguished Thesis Prize, Brown University (May 2018)
  • Domenico A. Ionata Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity in Engineering, Brown University (May 2018)
  • Outstanding Senior Award, Brown University (May 2018)
  • Di Mase Engineering Summer Fellowship, Brown University (May 2017)
  • K. T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award, Brown University (May 2015)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, Tau Beta Pi - the National Engineering Honors Society (2016 - Present)

Education & Certifications

  • Master of Science, Stanford University, BIOE-MS (2021)
  • Sc.B. (Honors), Brown University, School of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering (2018)