Currently, I am an engineering student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I have recently changed my major from Biomedical Engineering to Mechanical Engineering, as well as pursuing a minor in Product Design (aka Industrial Design). While my formal major declaration has changed, I am still passionate about medical applications of technology and engineering. I have found myself interested in the systems level of the body and of physiology, and see myself contributing to medical device development, or a related field in which I will work on projects that will elevate quality of life while working in conjunction with the body’s natural tendencies. Coursework in Product Design will help me to better understand the design process and how to identify unmet needs and craft innovative solutions.

While in Santiago, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel E. Hurtado, a professor and researcher at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Dr. Hurtado has studied at various, well-known institutions and is currently overseeing a Computational Biomechanics and Biophysics lab at PUC. For more information about the lab, please visit it’s website here.

While at the lab, I worked on a project titled “Regional Deformation Analysis of the Lungs”. I previously had limited exposure to computational biophysics, but was thrilled to have the opportunity to be introduced to such a valuable skill over my six months spent in Chile. I believe that it will be an important skill-set to have, no matter what career I choose to pursue following graduation. Also, it’s pretty cool. Plain and simple.

For more on my work here, check out some posts with updates from my job.


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