University of Minnesota
Activities & Involvement:
I have spent the last four years on the University of Minnesota club tennis team, where I traveled locally and nationally for tournaments and was Vice President last year. This year I was also heavily involved in Engineering World Health, where I led a team of engineering students to repair broken medical devices that were to be sent to low-resource areas globally. I was also on the board of the University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering Society chapter where I led a team of biomedical engineering students to create a functional model of the cochlea.
Honors & Achievements:
Despite the rigor and difficulty of the biomedical engineering program, I was on the College of Science and Engineering Dean’s List for 4 semesters. I successfully finished a research project in Portland that I presented in San Jose at an International Research Conference (ARO). In late April of 2020 I created a design for a low-cost non-surgical isolation gown for the Twin Cities hospital system that is now being produced in the tens of thousands over the next couple of weeks, totaling to 350,000 gowns in response to a shortage of isolation gowns that affects 35,000 hospital workers.
Next year I am pursuing an Integrated Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in Biomedical Engineering. After that I will either pursue a Master’s degree in Patent Law, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, or go into industry to design and create cochlear implants at Advanced Bionics or Cochlear.
I am most proud of all the research I was able to do in the field of cochlear implants and auditory neuroscience for the last four years. Without the research opportunities that AG Bell bestowed upon me, I would not be anywhere near as successful in school and in life. Because of AG Bell I have garnered so much interest and passion in finding the best solutions for treating and restoring hearing loss, and I could not be any more thankful.