Several of this recipient’s activities and projects are driven by wanting to help others and give back, which is what drew them to biomedical engineering. This mindset has driven a lot of their research interests and projects. During the summer after freshman year, they was selected to be one of the 10 Residential Teaching Assistants (RTA) for the NJ Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology (GSET). Besides being an RA and acting as a care-taker for the students, they were also a Teaching Assistant and Research Leader. Through this program, they led two research projects for their students: 1) Designing a Designing a Centrifugal Pump System for High Altitude Water Crises and 2) Fabrication and Characterization of Polymeric Sutures and Brain Stents. Each project produced a paper that was published in the annual “GSET Journal.” The polymeric sutures and brain stents project was presented at the 2017 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Conference, and the paper was published in the “EEE Xplore Digital Library.” Through this program, they were able to use skills and abilities as an engineering student to give back and help teach the younger generation of students. During sophomore year, they became an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Jacinto Labs in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for the School of Public Health through Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. That summer, they worked as a Research and Development Intern at Colgate-Palmolive. Then, during junior year, they joined the Olabisi Lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant, where they were selected into the Biomedical Engineering Research Scholars Honors Academy. Here, they worked on developing electroactive hydrogels for potential use in tissue scaffolding to heal muscular wounds, and was the first author for many abstract submissions that were selected for conferences. Through this lab, they received two Aresty Conference Awards, presented at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference (BMES), the 2019 Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC), and the 2019 Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Symposium. The lab is currently writing publication which includes their data. The summer after junior year, they were a Manufacturing Science & Technology Intern at Merck. To further develop their knowledge of the medical device field, they worked as a Co-Op for MICRO during winter break. During senior year, they also began working on Designing a Dynamic Lateral Support for Wheelchair users in collaboration with Matheny, a non-profit organization for people with severe disabilities. Through this project, they hope to improve the quality of life for wheelchair bound patients, making them more self-sufficient, and giving them a greater sense of independence. In four short years, this award recipient made a strong impact on multiple research projects that were focused in improving the health and well-being of various patient populations, and proudly represented Rutgers in industry through various internship and co-op positions.