"BME offered more exposure to other areas of academic interest than other fields of engineering, which appealed to me. I chose to pursue the Molecular/Cellular/Systems Engineering (MCSE) concentration because it seemed like the most applicable concentration—my interests have always surrounded small-scale interactions in the body." Read more about Sami Smalling, Undergraduate Student
Trang Dau, M.Eng. Student
Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
BME Degree: Masters of Engineering, BME
Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Hartley, Weill Cornell Medicine
What brought you to Cornell?
Cornell is a good school with great reputation and resources.
What inspired you to pursue biomedical engineering?
After finishing my undergraduate degree in human biology, health & society, I wanted to gain more insights into the field of healthcare from a different angle – healthcare technology.
What is your area of focus and why is it important?
Our team’s focus is an implantable device that can extract brain lesions over prolonged period of time; we specifically focus on addressing current technology for glioblastoma patients, whose tumor will grow back eventually even after tumor removal surgery.
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What opportunities has your time at Cornell given you so far?
Lots of challenges to grow and mature as a person and professional.
What has been your favorite class or experience so far and why?
My favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Principles of Biochemistry. This class brings together all aspects of biology and chemistry and makes everything make sense.
Any hobbies or interests outside of your scholarship?
My favorite thing is hiking. Last year, I spent three days, two nights camping in the woods with a few classmates.
What’s the next step for you after Cornell?
I want to go to medical school and become an ER doctor.
"What I like the most is the opportunity to work on our design project as if we were working in industry . . . to experience how it is going to be when we start working, both technically and collaboratively. Moreover, it has helped me develop my skills and I feel ready and comfortable to enter the workforce." Read more about Vanessa Cabral Martins, M.Eng. Student
"My research looks at the biological and physical factors which regulate the spread of cancer throughout the body. Specifically, I am interested in how cancer cells generate forces to help squeeze their nucleus through tight spaces in biological tissues." Read more about Jeremy Keys, Ph.D. Student