Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?
The School of Engineering at The University of Kansas has everything that I was looking for in a graduate school. It provides the resources that I need to succeed, including cutting edge research in new and developing fields, fantastic faculty and staff, and collaborative environment that allows students to work on interdisciplinary projects. In particular, the Graduate Engineering Association is an active student run organization that encourages collaboration, communication, and social interaction between engineering students in all fields.
What are you currently researching?
My research is in the Biomedical Product Design and Development Track and focuses on spine biomechanics. In my research lab, we investigate how the human spine bends during different everyday activities (such as bending down to touch your toes). This knowledge is then used to design a piezoelectric based spinal fusion device that allows patients to heal faster after surgery and increase success rates of the spinal fusion. This research allows me to collaborate with clinicians to ensure that we are not only designing a device that is technically and mechanically sound but is a product that surgeons will want to use.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After I finish my PhD, I hope to work in industry designing and developing medical devices. My long-term goal is to run a company that innovates and develops products in the medical device industry.
What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?
My favorite thing about Lawrence is the amazing food scene it has to offer. Being a self-proclaimed “foodie” I have given the Lawrence food scene my stamp of approval! There is everything from great bar food (23rd Street Brewery and Free State Brewery) to Thai (Zen Zero) to Japanese (Yokohama and Ramen Bowl) to Italian (Genovese) and homemade ice cream for dessert (Sylas and Maddy’s)!
What advice do you have for prospective graduate students
The best advice I have for any prospective graduate student would be to come and visit KU! I have lived on the east coast my entire life so the thought of moving to Kansas was a little daunting. But after coming for a visit where I got the opportunity to meet the faculty and staff, interact with current students, and explore Lawrence and Kansas City, I knew that this was the right school for me.