Gk-12 Fellow (Partnered with Ann HajIbrahim, Central Catholic)
I received my B.S. with Honors in bioengineering from The University of Toledo in May 2009. As an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to intern with DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson and Johnson Company as well as work in several biomechanics research labs at The University of Toledo. These hands-on opportunities helped to spark my interest in research. The excitement of going beyond what is known and tackling challenges in research truly captured my imagination and piqued my curiosity in other areas of bioengineering. When I began my graduate studies, I diversified my research interests and focused on the emerging arena of biofuels. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Bioengineering, investigating the downstream processing of carbohydrates from renewable source biomass.
Over the years, I have realized that my interest and passion for science and mathematics were fostered at an early age by dedicated, passionate, and talented educators. As the daughter of an elementary school teacher, I have witnessed first-hand the commitment necessary to develop a supportive learning environment which cultivates a life-long thirst for knowledge and encompasses growth academically, personally and socially. I am excited to use my experience and knowledge to promote science, math and engineering while working with the students at Toledo Central Catholic.