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, while always looking in its implementations at clinics and hospitals. 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?
I am currently working in postural stability assessment on Parkinson's disease patients using quiet standing tests. The analysis of the sway (quiet standing) of the patients is done using signal processing (linear and nonlinear measures), and mechanical modeling (dynamics and controls) techniques.
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 best 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. However, before you contact the professor, contact the students who work in the lab. You can get those names from us (Graduate Ambassadors), lab websites, or department administrators. You might have only one conversation with the professor you want to work for, so make sure to get as much information needed before you talk to him/her.
Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?
I am in the Public Relations Committee, and my plan for this upcoming school year is to help each lab of the School of Engineering to promote their work as efficient as possible, always keeping in mind the audience. My plan is to help the management of the department websites so donors, prospective students, and researchers from different universities are drawn to the work done in the lab.