Why Biomedical Engineering?

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Since first arriving at the decision my senior year in high school, I have not changed my mind about majoring in biomedical engineering. Many people will ask what exactly is biomedical engineering. Coming in to college, I did not know even half of what I know now about the major. My definition of biomedical engineering is it is the intersection …

Get Outside!

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Many of you have probably noticed that midterm season at Viterbi is well underway. While not the most enjoyable part of college, test taking constitutes a necessary and sizable part of any student’s academic life. That being said, it’s important not to allow studying to consume your whole life. For me, one of the best ways to relieve some ~midterm stress~ …

Two Questions, One Answer: USC

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The decision of where to spend the next four years of my life was daunting as a senior in high school. These four years were going to be a five-hour plane ride from home. They were supposedly the years of the most critical personal growth and identity-building. College was a time to figure out what I wanted to dedicate the …

Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

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In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

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My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

One Last Hoorah! (Entering Senior Year)

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“My name is Daniel I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering.” I need a moment to let that sink in… This is my last fall semester as a college student. The beginning of the end. To kick the year off, Freshmen Academy Coaches welcomed all the new freshmen engineers at the New Student Welcome, an event filled with fun and …

“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

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The summer after my freshman year was a perfect blend of work, travel, and time spent relaxing at home. For the first seven weeks, I resided at USC to work in Professor Zavaleta’s research lab. As mentioned in my last blog post, Professor Z’s lab investigates the use of nanoparticles in detecting tumors with great precision. Every week day, I …

Michelson Center: Research, Kitchens, and More!

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In addition to the USC village, the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences opened my freshman year! Again, the timing for me to attend USC could not have been better. The purpose of the Michelson Center is to provide a space for researchers of different specialties to come together and collaborate on tackling the most pressing health challenges of our era. …

Posture Perfect (BME Senior Design Project)

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As the conclusion of this semester quickly approaches, a lot of my semester-long projects are nearing completion. The most important of them all is my senior design project (BME-405). We are challenged to ideate, develop, and build a device within the biomedical engineering sphere in teams of four to five students. Our group was passionate about creating a solution to …

Edwards Lifesciences Company Visit

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While I was fortunate enough to secure a summer internship during the fall semester, this does not mean that I’ve closed myself off from the many corporate events that are still happening on and off campus. When I found out that Edwards Lifesciences, a well-known medical device company, wanted to welcome a small group of USC students to tour its …

Attending America’s Largest Medtech Event (MD&M West)

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This semester, I’m taking some exciting biomedical engineering courses that directly apply to what I want to do after college. One of them is BME-416: Development and Regulation of Medical Products. The class meets once a week and we discuss the design, manufacturing, classification and quality procedures that go into the creation of medical devices. Recently, we had the opportunity …

Prototyping a Prosthetic in 48 Hours (ASBME Makeathon)

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This past weekend I participated in ASBME’s Makeathon, an annual 48-hour hardware competition in which teams of four to five individuals collaborate to address a medical challenge. At 6 PM on Friday, the twelve participating teams were briefed on the prompt that would be consuming their time and efforts for the next two days. This year, teams were tasked with …

Five Factors that led me to USC!

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USC was not my dream school; in fact, I didn’t have a dream school. At the beginning of the college application season, I was not entirely sold on engineering being my future, let alone biomedical engineering. But as the decisions started arriving in the month of April, I started visiting college campuses and interacting with students who lived there, trying …

I Went to Medical School?

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Okay, so I’ll admit that this title is clickbait. I’m still an undergraduate student here at USC Viterbi, and that won’t change for at least another year. However, some of my favorite classes I’ve taken on campus have been through my minor in Healthcare Studies, offered by the Keck School of Medicine, and I’ve had a few on the medical …

The Biggest Networking Event of the Year (ASBME’s Corporate Dinner)

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The most renowned professional event specific to undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students at USC is the annual Corporate Dinner hosted by the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Students (ASBME). This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in the biomedical industry (regardless of major) to meet and network with ASBME’s industry partners in Southern California. Companies in attendance this year included …

Settling Into a New Semester

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It’s 2018. I’m now a second semester junior and it’s showing in my course work. Four of the classes I’m taking are upper division including my senior design project class, BME-405, in which we are expected to collaborate in teams to design and implement a device for monitoring or therapy that could develop into a commercial product. We’re going to …

Semester Recap (Fall 2017)

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I’m in utter disbelief! After having such an action-packed summer, I expected this semester to drag on, but it actually flew by at an alarmingly fast rate. I think this is largely because of all of the really great opportunities I’ve been fortunate to have outside of class. Here are some of them: 1. 1000 Pitches -Today we hit 1000 …

How I Successfully Landed an Internship

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As a junior, one of my primary goals this semester was to secure an internship opportunity within the medical device industry so I could personally experience what the day to day life of a biomedical engineer entails. And I’m fortunate to say that I was able to achieve it- I’ll be an Operations Intern at Abbott Laboratories, a global healthcare …

Raise your hand if you think children are our Future!

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One of the greatest privileges of my college experience has been Project-in-a-Box. This is an outreach program geared towards visiting local 3rd – 6th grade classrooms and teaching students about biotechnology such as prosthetic hands, stents, heart valves, and DNA. We carry these projects around in a box across the University Park neighborhood, hence the name Project-in-a-Box. Our mission is …