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Student Ambassador Profile: Isa Mulvihill, BME ’18

Name: Isa Mulvihill
Class: 2018
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Concentration: Tissues and Biomaterials

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I’m really proud to be an engineering student at University of Miami, so it felt like a no-brainer to apply to be a student ambassador.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
When you take your first really hard class, the kind that you realize high school didn’t prepare you for, don’t shy away. Many higher-level classes build on those difficult foundational classes like physics, circuit theory, organic chemistry, etc. So put in the work, go to office hours, whatever it takes – it’s worth the effort, and it is so rewarding to feel like you really understand a topic that felt intimidating at first.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
I think that at UM, I don’t have to sacrifice any part of my college experience to be a part of a top-notch engineering program. I’ve had the opportunity to study abroad, interact with an incredibly diverse student body, and explore a city as cool as Miami. At the same time, I have learned so much from my professors and faculty academic advisor, I landed a great internship through a UM engineering connection, and I am just generally inspired by my fellow engineering students.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
As a student ambassador, it is my job to introduce prospective engineering students to the U. I attend information sessions to chat with students and their families, and I talk about my experience during student panel discussions. I also help with events hosted by the CoE, such as when we invite younger students to participate in an engineering challenge.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I put a big focus on making connections in college, whether that’s studying with friends in my major to survive tough classes, connecting with a professor to learn beyond the classroom, or getting to know the awesome staff in career services. By making personal connections with the people in the CoE, it becomes so easy to communicate to prospective students just why our school is so great.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)! This organization has given me a close group of friends in my major, and it has been a huge resource for connecting with companies through the annual Biomedical Engineering Industry Night event. Also, they are encouraging students to attend the national BMES conference and fund a big portion of the trip.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I have always appreciated the CoE at UM, but being an engineering student ambassador has helped me to articulate this to others. Sharing my experience has helped me craft a narrative that shows how my initial interest in medicine, combined with what I have learned at UM, have lead me to confidently pursue a career in the medical device industry. With this, I feel infinitely more prepared to describe that experience to a potential employer or graduate school interviewer.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
I have loved the opportunity to meet my fellow engineering students in different departments and hear about their classes, projects and overall experiences. It gives me a lot of pride for my school to know that we have so many talented, ambitions students.

What did you do during your summer 2017 break?
I interned at Medtronic’s site in Miami Lakes (formerly known as HeartWare). As a Test Engineering intern, I contributed to design, building and validation of complex test systems used for research on the HVAD, a widely used heart pump. At the same time, I learned about regulation in the medical device industry and worked with a team of extremely capable engineers (three of whom graduated from UM!).

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