Camilo Giraldo

MS Mechanical Engineering
Previous Institution: Olivet Nazarene University
Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

KU was the right choice for me because I was offered the opportunity to conduct high level research in biomechanics, and apply it in the Kansas University Medical Center. In addition, I chose KU because of its support, and excellent and accessible faculty. Being someone who went to a small university and appreciate the close relationship with professors, I can say that KU offers that for graduate students regardless the size of KU. 

What are you currently researching?

My research focuses on understanding better Parkinson’s disease, through mechanical modeling. The aim of my research is to model a mechanical system that allows me to compare the sway parameters of healthy control and PD patients. If this is accomplished, doctors will be able to have a better judgement of this disease allowing them to treat their patients more effective.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I would like to become an university professor in a large university that allows me to continue my research, and teach others.

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

If you are planning on attending KU, and have the chance to visit campus, make sure to go to Mass Street. My favorite plan for the weekend is to walk around Mass Street and try new places. Downtown Lawrence is filled with unique stores, and amazing people that will make you feel welcome. In addition, do not forget about our basketball team. I am big fan of sports, and being able to support the basketball team by going to Allen Fieldhouse, or going somewhere in Lawrence to watch the game, is something that everyone should do.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

My first advice is to learn about the professor’s work before contacting him/her to ask him/her questions about their research and the opportunities available in the lab. If they see that you did not look into his latest publications or work before talking to them, they will have a bad impression of you. In addition, if you have the chance to visit KU, do it! The staff of the School of Engineering can schedule a visit for you, which will answer all the questions you have when you are looking for KU online.


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