Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2023.


Bioengineering; Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Calvin Tszeng

Second Advisor

Emre Araci


Rhea Breast Pump is an innovative breast pump that implements biomimicry informed technology for a more efficient and comfortable breastfeeding experience. Our design implements a tongue actuator in conjunction with vacuum to mimic the suckling motion of a baby’s mouth, a heating element for pain alleviation, and a soft flange to maximize comfort. The development of this device is motivated by the goal of empowering women, specifically nursing mothers, to maintain their independence and individuality while raising a family. Our team, consisting of all female engineers, strongly believes in and supports the notion that women can and should have the freedom to effectively balance both aspects of their lives.