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Krishnan Bhargavi

Ph.D. Bioengineering
Previous Institution: St. Joseph's College of Engineering
Hometown: Chennai, India
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

The KU School of Engineering is the right choice for me for so many reasons. The program that I am in, allows me to custom fit the courses according to my requirements and that gives me a lot of flexibility. The faculty at the School of Engineering are very helpful and take time to ensure that we are familiar with the concepts and challenge us intellectually. Last but not the least, the students are very kind by nature. I have made a lot of friends and it’s all because of the School of Engineering at KU.  

What are you currently researching?

I am working on developing a computational model to study the mechanics of childbirth during a shoulder dystocia delivery. Currently, the loads applied by clinicians during a shoulder dystocia delivery have not been quantified and by doing so, we would be able to distinguish between the loads that injure and not injure the network of nerves (Brachial Plexus) in the cervical spine region of the infant.

What do you want to do after graduation?

In the semesters that I have been a teaching assistant, I realized that I enjoy teaching and that it allows me to connect with students who have a fresher approach to an existing problem. I want to pursue a career in academia when I graduate.

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

There are so many things to do on campus and in Lawrence. A few of the things that I love to do in Lawrence are walking around campus (it is so beautiful), Massachusetts Street (downtown) and hiking at the Clinton lake trails. I love the local restaurants and you can never get bored with the cute downtown in Lawrence. Going to a basketball game at KU is an out of the world experience. After all, KU was where basketball was invented.   

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

I came to KU first during the fall of 2009. I graduated with an M.S. degree, worked for a while and then came back to KU again because there is no other place I wanted to go to. That’s how much you will love Lawrence once you start living here. The people in this town are very forward thinking, friendly and the research at the KU School of Engineering is so advanced. One piece of advice I have for prospective graduate students is to try and maintain a schedule. Time management is very important. Talk to your colleagues, faculty whenever you get an opportunity. You never know which source your idea is going to come from. Keep yourself physically active. It is very easy to lose track of time in graduate school.


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