Mission and Committee
The Biomedical Engineering department aims to create a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion where all people feel welcomed and empowered to participate fully in the department at all levels. Therefore, we are committed to fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all while working to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups.
Faculty / Staff Spotlight
I moved around in a military family so I grew up in Lawrenceville, GA, Massillon, OH, Mansfield, OH, and Kingsland, GA. My undergrad degree was at the University of Georgia. After attending grad school at Ohio State, leaving for a few years, and moving back, Columbus feels like home. In my spare time for stress relief, I cycle and work in my yard. For fun, I do almost any type of gaming (video games, board games, or otherwise). I also love trying new food at restaurants or when I’m traveling.
Compared to many other faculty positions, a larger portion of my job duties focus on teaching, so my research also focuses on teaching biomedical engineering. I really enjoy trying out new things in a course and developing new ways to teach skills and real-life applications. Recently I developed a laboratory escape room game to let students review laboratory skills with fun puzzles as well as compel teamwork and collaboration.
Before college, I didn’t know anyone in engineering or science. I was interested in being a physician because I wanted to help people and physiology was fascinating to me. It turns out I feel too much sympathy pain and get queasy easily so I couldn’t really see myself working in a clinical setting. I remember a turning point in my career plans was when a female engineer visited my school at an outreach event. Up until that point it never occurred to me that I could be an engineer. Biomedical engineering was a good combination of medicine, creativity, and a challenging field. I really like that I have the opportunity to learn something new everyday.
Originally, attending grad school at Ohio State was primarily for geographical reasons to be close to family in Ohio. I happened to really fall in love with the campus and with Columbus as a graduate student. I had an awesome experience working as a faculty member at another institution for a few years, but I came back for the chance to work at Ohio State because of the collegiality of the Biomedical Engineering department, the variety of resources on campus, and because my husband and I like living in Columbus.
Probably the process of finding my own path. I didn’t really know any engineers and I’m the first in my family to follow this career path. When I graduated with my BS degree, I didn’t know what type of job would make me happy and I had very few role models in BME that I could relate to. I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for grad school until I got there and started succeeding. I didn’t know I enjoyed teaching until after I was a Teaching Assistant. Getting a PhD wasn’t easy, but the challenges were worth it. Now I’m doing what I love.
I'm currently a junior in the BME undergraduate program. I'm from Dublin, OH and Mechanicsburg, PA. In my spare time I love to knit, take care of my orchid, and play games on my Nintendo Switch.
The rapid growth and importance of biomedical engineering in a clinical context and its applicability got me interested in the field.
The university’s proximity to my home and the multitude of research areas to get involved in made me choose to come to Ohio State.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially from your teaching assistants, professors, and peers. And never forget to take care of yourself, you’ll be grateful for self-care in the future.
The student organizations and the research laboratories that you can get involved in have helped me shape my career decisions. Any professional conferences that you can attend through these organizations also help get a feel for the different people and places that are out there.
I plan to apply to graduate school next year and figure it out as I go.