Why was the KU School of Engineering Graduate Programs the right choice for you?
The KU School of Engineering was the right choice for me because it supports and encourages interdisciplinary research. I had the option of collaborating with the University of Kansas Medical Center. Even though the campus is large, the KU School of Engineering still has a small school feel where the professors and students work closely together to accomplish great research.
What are you currently researching?
In a nutshell, my research involves the design and development of a neural prosthetic device that will give paralyzed people with a spinal cord injury the ability to walk once again. I am working with Dr. Randy Nudo in the Cortical Plasticity Laboratory at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), and I love the research that I am doing! I am working with bioengineers, computer scientists, neuroscientists, and neurosurgeons in order to return the lives of paralyzed people to a sense a normalcy. Currently, I am developing a motor map of the spinal cord for final product placement in the spinal cord.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, I want to run my own research laboratory in the field of neurological rehabilitation. My long-term goal is to conduct research involving brain-machine interface devices for prosthetic limbs. The research I am conducting now is the first step towards that goal.
What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?
There are a lot of things to do on campus and in Lawrence. A few of the things that I love to do in Lawrence are walking around Mass Street (downtown) and playing Frisbee golf at Centennial Park. There are a lot of unique shopping and eating options downtown that will keep you busy. The Frisbee golf course is an 18-hole course that constantly changes, and it’s free! Most importantly, the sense of community in Lawrence really comes out during the football and basketball games. The school spirit here is everywhere, and it makes the atmosphere during game days one to experience!
What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
The best advice that I can give someone when looking at graduate schools is to visit KU!! At first, KU seemed like it would be in the middle of no-where. It was my visit to KU that sold me on this amazing place. The people here are super friendly, the research here is at the forefront of technology, and it’s right next door to Kansas City! There is always something going on around campus, the school spirit is one to experience, and the community is so supportive of the students. The KU School of Engineering is my home away from home, and I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t visited the campus in person.