Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?
The KU School of Engineering was right for me because of the environment that it provides. The faculty and staff here genuinely want their students to succeed and be great at whatever it is they want to do. Here, the collaborations are endless and the attitudes are always positive! I’m always asked this question (seriously, though), and I can give an honest, yet different, response each time. This school is THAT great.
What are you currently researching?
Currently, I’m doing computional modeling in the realm of knee joints. More specifically, I’m looking at why femoral cysts develop in the stifle (knee) of the horse, as well as simulating new surgical techniques to heal these cysts.
What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?
If you haven’t heard by now, the food here is outstanding! My favorite thing to do is roll the dice on the urban spoon app and try some of the local cuisine. It works 50% of the time, every time. I also play hockey in the men’s league in Kansas City. I’m all about dishin’ out fat sauce. If you play hockey, you’ll know that that was an acceptable thing to say, and not an innuendo. Or was it?
What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Graduate school has its ups, and it has its downs. Staying balanced, focused, and driven is a valuable tool that will help you succeed in anything you do. My advice is to not let the bad days get to you. We’re all here together, and it’s important to know that the people here are always willing to help and support each other. You won’t have all the answers when you begin your research. You may not have any! And that’s perfectly OK. You’ll start to love the process of learning new ideas and discovering new things. Once you fall in love with the hard stuff, this whole graduate school thing will quickly become the greatest years of your life.
Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?
I am currently serving as chair of the Social committee. Graduate school is much more than your research and your academic accomplishments. Making friends, staying balanced, networking, and finding outlets to meet similar-minded people are some of the most under-emphasized aspects of graduate school. I hope that I can make these things easy and accessible for graduate students and will do my best in providing opportunities and activities that will benefit everyone! If you have any ideas about social events, or would like to learn more about our events, please feel free to get in touch with me!