Alyssa Bryan, M.Eng. '19
Why did you choose Cornell?
I chose Cornell because I wanted to be in an environment that focused on collaborative work that also encouraged individual growth and development.
Why did you choose to major in BME at Cornell?
I chose to major in BME because I wanted to strengthen my skills and understanding in relation to biomedical technologies and learn every aspect of what occurs in designing and developing medical devices.
Brief description of your research topic/ Lab(s)/Adviser(s):
The main project I have spent my time at Cornell working on is a post-operative pain device for cholecystectomy that utilizes three modes of stimulation to reduce the usage of prescription drugs, thus helping to combat the opioids epidemic.
What opportunities has the M.Eng. given you so far?
This M.Eng. has allowed me to work hands-on in group projects to assess and tackle real world scenarios while giving me the opportunity to refine my own project management skills.
What was your favorite class or experience at Cornell BME and why?
One of my favorite experiences at Cornell BME, was getting the opportunity to work in the lab, where the lab manager was able help transform my team’s design concepts into tangible prototypes.
What clubs/organizations do you participate in at Cornell?
While at Cornell I have participated in a few events hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Do you have any advice for other students considering research in Biomedical Engineering?
Within the biomedical engineering field there are a wide variety of issues that need to be addressed. However, it is important to remember that sometimes the best solutions can be developed from pre-existing concepts, so don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
While at Cornell/BME, what did you do for fun?
While at Cornell University I thoroughly enjoyed taking advantage of the scenic campus by exploring the botanical garden’s and the gorge hike trails.
Favorite Cornell/BME memory?
My favorite BME memory was participating in the M.Eng design showcase where I was able to present my team’s hard work, and also see the innovative work my peers had completed throughout the year.
What’s the next step for you?
The next step for me is to complete my MBA at Cornell’s Johnson School of Business. Afterwards, I intend to pursue a project management role within a biotech company.
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