Racquel Redwood, M.Eng. '13

Racquel Redwood

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
BME Degree: Masters of Engineering 2013

Why Cornell?
Cornell has a diverse range of best-in-class resources. I wanted the opportunity to learn from some of the finest in the field and have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of research options before determining my career path.

Why biomedical engineering?
I chose biomedical engineering because I am passionate about designing devices that can help individuals from various backgrounds to take control of their health. I wanted to use empathy to drive designs that would empower individuals to make beneficial health choices.

What have you been up to since graduating? 
I worked as a quality engineer at J&J for ~4 years, completed the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship and consulted in Silicon Valley. Currently I hold positions at J&J as a Senior Human Factors Engineer, Stanford as a consultant, Harvard University as a fellowship coach and the University of Cincinnati as an adjunct professor.

How did your Cornell degree prepare you for what you are doing now?
My degree at Cornell was critical for helping me explore my interests. During my graduate school course work, I had the opportunity to take courses within the department of Human Factors and this exposure was pivotal for my current role as a Senior Human Factors Engineer.

Favorite Cornell experience or memory?
My favorite Cornell memory was attending the Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) community catered dinners. It was so nice to have time to relax and hang out with other students across the other engineering disciplines.

What advice might you give to Cornell BME students considering a similar path to yours? 
You can literally do anything you put your mind to—so stay open to the possibilities! Explore different classes outside of engineering that pique your interest because it will make you more well-rounded! For example, I took a business negotiation course, and it was probably one of my useful classes!

Favorite quote that helps inspire you in your work/life?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Hellen Keller

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