Frank Busch

Hello friends! Thanks for checking out the work of my classmates and I.

I have worked for a wide variety of companies gaining professional experience over the past 5 years. My latest experiences include Kaleidoscope, Mitek Sports Medicine, and Ethicon. I love to connect personally to the problems I am trying to solve and getting firsthand experience to understand what I am working on.

For my capstone, I am designing a family of state of the art position specific lacrosse heads within an overarching brand that gives honor to the tradition and heritage of the game based on the attributes from specific Native American tribes.

I grew up having a knack for science, math, and art. Through design I have found a perfect storm of combining my strengths to become a well thought out and innovative problem solver. The definition of an Industrial Designer is changing into somebody who needs to wear more hats that they can fit in their closet and that is my favorite part of the process. I think design has an incredible view of the world and can have massive impacts to the quality of human life.

I am a born and raised Indiana Hoosier who broke a bubble and loves to see what the world has to offer through travel. I give more high fives than anyone you know and think a positive attitude makes every difference in life.

Thanks! I hope you enjoy what my class and I are up to!


Priya Khosla

During my time at DAAP, I was able to co-op at a variety of places and the two that really inspired and challenged me were LPK and Design Central

For my capstone, I am exploring the implementation of fashion lifestyle into everyday medical equipment by developing a portable oxygen concentrator with a fashion based brand and vision.

You can see my work at priyakhosla.com

I am inspired by the bond people share through common emotions and experiences and found industrial design is the perfect bridge to not only delve deeper into studying human behavior but also influence it.

My interests are writing, meeting new people, margaritas, illustration, finding new music and going to shows.

Feel free to reach out @pkbranded@gmail.com
All the best,



Rose Mervis

During my time at DAAP, I have learned about many different types of product design. My co-ops have mainly been in packaging, branding, and event design. While in-class, I have focused on user-centered and medical design. Also, I gained international experience while studying and working abroad in Germany.

For my capstone I am designing a non-traditional, mobile workstation for healthcare professionals in hospitals.

To see my work, check out my website: www.rosemervis.com

My strengths have always been in the arts, math, and science. Industrial Design has allowed be to find the perfect balance between using my creativity and problem solving skills. I love immersing myself into new topics, discovering problems, and finding innovative solutions.

I am really into iced tea and finding the best tacos.



Kelsie Onderko

Hey! Thanks for taking the time to explore the work of UCID’16.

I have a very diverse and eclectic co-op portfolio with experiences from major companies such as RockTenn (now WestRock), Fossil, and Hill-Rom. All of these varied opportunities have presented me with ways to explore my vast array of interests and have greatly enhanced my skill-set.

For my capstone, I am designing a system of wearable health monitoring devices for dogs. The hopes for the project are that it will help pet parents better understand what is happening with their furry companion(s).

To see my work check out my website: www.kelsieonderko.com

Believe it or not, I originally applied to go to college for pharmacy, but through further self exploration I realized that spending everyday in a chemistry lab wasn’t something that I wanted. I was introduced to Industrial Design by a friend who was already at the University of Cincinnati in the ID program, and it opened my mind to the possibility of being able bridge my analytical way of thinking with my passion for making things. After five years in the program the thing that I still love the most about the design process, is being able to roll up my sleeves and create something beautiful and unique.

I’m an Ohio native, nature lover, fiction novel enthusiast, fishing fanatic, devoted dog mom, and a connoisseur of anything sweet. I am also an avid community volunteer and work extensively with the Cincinnati SPCA.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my work!


Elana Pentelnik

Hi There! Come find out what I have to offer!

I have almost 2 years worth of work experience varying from corporations like 3M and PHILIPS, to design consultancies, such as IA Collaborative. I’ve gotten to work on a variety of projects including packaging, medical, health & wellness, architectural experience, and consumer electronics.

For my senior capstone, I am designing an urban beehive that builds confidence and encourages people to begin beekeeping with a CNC milled hive integrated with an educational and reassuring website, to ultimately combat colony collapse.

To see more of my work, check out my website, elanapentelnik.com

With an artist for a mother and an engineer for a father, it was destiny for me to end up in Industrial Design. I have always loved art and even took summer gym so I could fit more art classes into my schedule in high school. Luckily I’ve also always had a fascination for people, and after taking AP Psychology, and learning about how ID truly focuses on users and experiences/interactions, I was sold. My empathy truly influences my designs. I am fascinated by social interactions and cultures from other countries but also the varying cultures in our own “backyard”. These skills of focusing on the user and identifying the core root of the problem help define my unique point of view.

Some fun facts: I am originally from Cincinnati but have lived all over, even before moving around for my internships: Baltimore, London, and Israel. I love exploring new places and finding hidden gems. I’ve been a vegetarian since birth and have no plans of changing that.

Thanks for stopping by!


Jon Riehle

Hi! I’m Jon Riehle(really). Thanks for checking me out!

After five different co-ops, I have worked for corporate, consulting, and start-up companies. A majority of my experience is in the medical sector, but I have also had the pleasure to work on beer bottles, breast implant magnet finders, and receipt printers.

Do you know what to do when you see someone have a seizure? My capstone is a wearable device for people with epilepsy. During a seizure, the device gives verbal instructions to the surrounding area to improve the help rate, and improve the rate of proper care.

Check me out on Behance!
Don’t want to check me out? That’s like crushing cans. It’s soda pressing.

In high school, I found out I was pretty good at metalsmithing. My art teacher told me about industrial design and the rest is history. But hey, it makes sense: My Dad’s an engineer, my Mom’s a nurse, my high school art teacher is, well, an art teacher. Engineering+Art+Medical, that’s Industrial Design in the medical sector right? My designs focus around the user’s wants and needs. I enjoy beautiful products. Solving and thinking through problems is my forte. I am a humanist and like making an impact on people’s lives.

I am a runner, jeweler, metalsmither, fisherman, humanist and pun-master. What does design and camping have in common? They’re both in-tents!

What did the mother buffalo say to her son when she left his page?
Have a great day!



Erin Wenig

I’m Erin, a senior at The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).
In my time at DAAP I have had nearly two years of work experience over five internships including experiences in medical device design at Ethicon, Inc. and design research at The University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Stuart Karten Design. Through these internships I was able to discover my love of design research and the thrill of gathering information and making new connections with data.

Right now I am applying everything I’ve learned both through my work experiences and my studios at DAAP to my senior capstone project. My capstone is centered on the development of a hybrid control system and headset for assistive robotic arms that combines electroencephalography (EEG) and head motion tracking.

I first decided to pursue an Industrial Design degree because it sounded really fun! I’m glad I chose design because it allowed to learn and explore topics that I was interested in as well as provided the opportunity to gain valuable work experiences.

Outside of studio I am interested in staying caffeinated, dystopian futuristic fiction, human anatomy, and volunteering for FIRST Robotics.

You can check out my work at erinwenig.com


Emily Ziegelmeyer

Hey, thanks for stopping by!

I’ve worked in a number of different areas, but my favorite experience has been with the German medical consultancy WILDDESIGN. I also really like the startup culture and have worked for several startups in downtown Cincinnati. In my spare time I volunteer at a nonprofit organization that develops custom adaptive devices for people with physical limitations.

For my capstone, I am creating a modular arm prosthesis that grows with the wearer and turns the idea of a “disability” into a “super” ability.

Check out my personal website at www.emilyziegelmeyer.com

I was always into art growing up (drawing, painting, anything), but I got into industrial (product) design because of the direct impact it can have on peoples’ lives and the inherent flexibility/creativity that it demands. Design is making something better or more efficient than it was before and initiating positive change.

I am also passionate about travel, coffee, and concept art (in no particular order).