Eileen Cadel

Ph.D. Bioengineering
Previous Institution: University of Virginia
Hometown: Corning, NY
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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 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 (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.​

Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?

I am currently a member of the Governance Committee and am excited to be the representative for engineering graduate students on the Engineering Faculty Senate. In this position I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and the graduate student perspective with engineering faculty. As KU is constantly evolving, it is important that the interests of engineering graduate students are represented. In the next year, I hope to continue to get to know graduate students from all departments and programs so I can represent their best interests and bring forward concerns that student have to the Engineering Faculty Senate.​


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