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The Department of Biomedical Engineering maintains a Student Ambassador Program. Student ambassadors are a highly motivated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, dynamic team of undergraduate and graduate students who are competitively selected, trained and empowered to represent the department in its public relations role to visitors. This includes attendance at functions and conferences, providing department lab tours, accompanying visiting dignitaries such as seminar speakers, and engaging visiting scholars, administrators, alumni, parents, members of the community, K-12 students and prospective undergraduate and graduate students.

By participating in the program, student representatives learn the inner workings of our department, gain invaluable knowledge about the department’s research, facilities and academic programs, contribute constructively to department activities and participate in identifying opportunities for departmental growth while enhancing their leadership, interpersonal and public-speaking skills. Student ambassadors also provide a conduit for department faculty and staff to communicate directly with students since ambassadors serve as representatives of the department's student body.

Undergraduate Ambassadors

Julio Arroyo

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Biomaterials

I work heavily with the department though BMES as the vice president. I do undergraduate research in Dr. Alge's lab working with hydrogels and different cell types. My goal is to pursue my master’s and possibly grad school.

Raaghav Bageshwar

Hometown: College Station, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Biomaterials

My biomedical engineering experience has been decorated with various research experiences from protein folding machinery, microbubble delivery and Ubx-GF biomaterial. My career goal is to become a "physicianeer" with a combined focus on patient care and device design.

Darby Ballard

Hometown: Del Rio, TX
Class of 2020
Track: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering

During my time in the department I have participated in undergraduate research regarding the mechanics of soft tissue membranes. I have additionally studied abroad in Germany and held multiple internships within the biomedical field. I would like to pursue a career in the research and treatment of autoimmune diseases.

Camella Carlson

Hometown: Olathe, KS
Class of 2020
Track: Bioinstrumentation and Bioimaging

I have conducted research in the Biomedical Optics Lab and at Harvard-MIT and the NIH. I spent a semester in Bonn, Germany, and I am involved on-campus with Christian Engineering Leaders. My career goal is to become a physician scientist.

Emily Clark

Hometown: Carrollton, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Biomaterials

I work in Dr. Grunlan's Biomaterials Research Lab. I am minoring in materials science and engineering. I plan to gain experience in the biomaterials industry and possibly pursue a Master's/Ph.D.

David Dishman

Hometown: Plano, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Biomechanics

I went on a study abroad program to Italy for the ethics and engineering class, which was an awesome experience. I have participated on an AggiE_Challenge team designing a device to monitor and detect anxiety in college students to help improve mental health. My career goal is to become a design engineer at a medical device company.

Jacob Good

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Class of 2020
Track: Biomaterials

I have interned at a children's hospital working with creating phantoms for the lumbar spine. I am interested in entrepreneurship and participated in Aggie Pitch, a company start-up competition, and placed third. My career goal is to become an executive of a pediatric medical device company.

Marissa Heintschel

Hometown: Frisco, TX
Class of 2019
Track: Biomaterials

My time in the department has been a time of growth and self-discovery. I realized what I really like, which has shaped my goals. My career goal is to one day perform research around the world at various institutions. This would allow me to meet amazing people in the field while still having an impact in the biomedical engineering world.

Ashley Holt

Hometown: Kingwood, TX
Class of 2019
Track: Biomaterials

I am involved in research in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department and did a summer research program at the NIH. I am a member of Engineering World Health. I plan to pursue a M.D./Ph.D. and continue a career in biomedical research.

Austen Kaul

Hometown: Waco, TX
Class of 2020
Track: Bioinstrumentation and Bioimaging

I am an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Gaharwar’s lab focused on 3D printing and bioprinting. I am a member of the Zachry Leadership Program member. My career goal is to become a manufacturing engineer for medical devices.

Ricky Martinez

Hometown: Cypress, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Bioinstrumentation and Bioimaging

I am interested in all aspects of device design from product development and programming to product distribution and marketing. This is best seen by my participation in numerous Aggie Invents as well TAMU Case Challenges at Mays Business School, where my team placed third overall. My plans is to go to graduate school and then into industry.

Sydney Nobles

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Class of 2020
Track: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering

During my time in BMEN, I have participated in the History of Medicine summer study abroad to Bonn, Germany. I work in Dr. Kaunas’ Cellular Biomechanics Laboratory. My goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Amanda Rakoski

Hometown: Katy, TX
Class of 2020
Track: Biomaterials

I am the BMES president, the BME professional student organization where we bring in guests every week to present to our undergraduates on what biomedical engineers do in the industry. I have a lot of experience in undergraduate research as I have been working in Dr. Daniel Alge's bio-instructive materials lab since I was a freshman and have presented my research as posters and oral presentations locally and nationally. My career goal is to have a biomaterials lab in a hospital or research center.

Seth Reine

Hometown: Arlington, TX
Class of 2020
Track: Biomaterials

I've had the opportunity to contribute to FDA and CE approved medical devices, perform fetal alcohol syndrome research, work on device development in Singapore and apply machine learning in pharmaceuticals. My career goal is to become an interface physician with medical device and pharmaceutical developments.

Mason Sheffield

Hometown: Lewisville, TX
Class of 2020
Track: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering

I am most interested in the biomedical engineering applications found in molecular biology. I have multiple semesters of BMEN faculty-led research spanning from biomaterial fabrication to electropolymerization. My career goal is to have a private practice in pediatrics.

Ryan Shepherd

Hometown: Cypress, TX
Class of 2020
Track: Bioinstrumentation and Bioimaging

I have had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with Engineering World Health and work as a biomedical engineering technician. My career goal is to become a physician at a children's hospital.

Nancy Solano

Hometown: Leander, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering

The biomedical engineering department has been a great learning experience for me, and I have enjoyed my time here so far. I plan to get my Master’s of Science in biomedical engineering, and I am considering getting a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering to eventually work for a non-profit organization as a researcher.

Jake Vassar

Hometown: Flower Mound, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Biomechanics

I have enjoyed my time in BMEN for many reasons; one being BMEN has the feel of a small college. It is awesome seeing familiar faces every day and knowing when classes get tough, I can ask almost anyone for help. After graduation, I plan on going into industry to implement my technical knowledge in either medical device sales, health care consulting or quality engineering.

Kenzi Wood

Hometown: Austin, TX
Class of 2021
Track: Biomaterials

This department provides a rigorous education that pushes me to my full potential and a community that instills motivation and dedication for students. I want to work in medical device design, specifically cardiac devices.

Graduate Ambassadors

Sam Briggs

Hometown: Logan, UT
Ph.D. Candidate
Track: Biomaterials

I work on electrospinning a cross-linkable shape memory polymer for tissue engineering applications. I've interned for W.L. Gore and Associates and GE Healthcare. I plan to pursue product development and marketing.

Connor Demott

Hometown: Olathe, KS
Ph.D. Candidate
Track: Biomaterials

I work in Dr. Melissa Grunlan's lab where our research focuses on the development of biomaterials and regenerative medicine. Specifically, I focus on hydrogel implants for osteochondral defect repair. Previously, I worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Orthopedic Research Center focusing on orthopedic biomechanics. My career goal is to lead R&D for a company specializing in repair of orthopedic tissues.

Sakina Mohammed Mota

Home country: India
Ph.D. Candidate
Track: Bioinstrumentation and Bioimaging

I joined the BME department at Texas A&M in fall 2017. I love being a part of a diverse group and leading research in the department. I have had many opportunities through the department to grow academically and professionally. After completing my graduate studies, I wish to obtain a postdoctoral fellowship at a research laboratory or company. My goals are to lead translational research in a state-of-the-art facility and mentor the next generation of aspiring researchers.

Anthony Powers

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Ph.D. Candidate
Track: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering

I have worked in the labs of both Drs. Kaunas and McShane where I work to apply lifetime cell metabolite sensing to cell cultures as well as tumor modeling and various bio-manufacturing techniques. My career goal is to apply GLP and GMP practices to upscale of cell and tissue engineering for clinically translatable costs.