Class of 2020
GCS Focus: Engineer Better Medicines & Advance Health Informatics
GCS Advisors: Dr. Ashutosh Chilkoti (Biomedical Engineering), Dr. Michael Freemark (Pediatrics)
I graduated from the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University in May 2020, where I studied Biomedical & Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. As a Grand Challenge Scholar (GCS), I pursued an integrative course of study built on the following key themes: research, interdisciplinary curriculum, innovation & entrepreneurship, a global dimension, and service learning. This e-portfolio documents my exploration of these themes, which are related to the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century identified by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
I was drawn to the Grand Challenge Scholars Program due to its multi-faceted approach to engineering education, which enables and trains students to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our society today. Through coursework in ethics and global health policy and entrepreneurship programs like hackathons, my unique GCS curriculum -- coupled with my commitment to global service, interdisciplinary education, and biomedical research -- has prepared me well to design innovative solutions to healthcare issues.