What I've Done, What I'm Doing & Where I'm Going

Medtronic, Inc.

August 2011 - Open Ended

I recently received a job offer from Medtronic for the Biomedical Engineering Summer Associate Position. I will be putting my engineering knowledge and people skills to use within the Structural Heart division. I will be starting 1 week after I return from Central America and will continue to work part-time throughout the semester. Medtronic has acknowledged that EWH will provide me with an experience that will better prepare me for my future position. I am so grateful that Medtronic supports my decision to participate in the EWH-Duke Summer Institute!

Medtronic: http://www.medtronic.com

University of Minnesota

September 2007 - Present

I am currently pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.

University of Minnesota: http://www.umn.edu


Every Day!

I love running and can't get enough of it. I have completed 3 half marathons this semester and recently registered for the 2011 Twin Cities Marathon in October. I am continuing my training and am in love with the mental and physical challenges that running long distances brings. During my last 13.1 miles race, I placed 2nd in age group for women. My most recent race was 25 km (about 15.5 miles), uphill in the mud and snow. This was the most challenging race thus far!

Track my running: http://www.athlinks.com/racer.aspx?rid=92056390
TC Marathon: http://www.mtcmarathon.org/Marathon/index.cfmweeblylink_new_window

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE)

September 2010 - Present

I offer walk-in tutoring hours for calculus, chemistry, physics and Spanish and facilitate study groups. I am working towards completing requirements for Level 1 College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Certification. I am enjoying leading  biomedical thermodynamics study group!

MCAE: http://www.mcae.umn.edu

Minnesota Muscle Lab

October 2010 - Present

I observe and aid in protein engineering research for the treatment of heart failure. I have studied signaling mechanisms of the heart and learned cell counting, photo bleaching, and basic microscope techniques. I am currently studying how to create a data analysis program and graphical user interface and have recently applied for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Minnesota Muscle Lab: http://ddt.biochem.umn.edu/

UROP: http://www.research.umn.edu/undergraduate/

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

January 2009 - Present

I joined the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Region 6 when the group had been inactive for quite some time. I participated in rebuilding the student chapter at the University of Minnesota. I have aided in preparations for student organization fairs and am gaining business and leadership skills.

SHPE University of Minnesota: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~shpeumn/

Fox Glacier Guiding, Fox Glacier, New Zealand

May 2010 - September 2010

In Fox Glacier I worked as a Front Line Sales Assistant where I sold merchandise, glacier climbs and tours, international post, and bus bookings. I also advised tourists on guiding, traveling, and accommodation inquires on a daily basis. I was in New Zealand during their winter. Therefore, I was able to snowboard some of the most wicked slopes in the world!

Fox Glacier Guiding: http://www.foxguides.co.nz

Griffith University, Brisbane Australia

July 2009 - December 2009

I completed electives in programming, complex analysis, electromagnetic fields, and employment relations in an exchange student and male dominated environment. I also worked with Conservation Volunteers of Australia to take preventative action against mountain forest fires and participated in a student group called Student Life (Campus Crusades for Christ). Student Life aims to spread the word of God and encourage Christian beliefs. On my way home from Australia, I stopped in New Zealand where I backpacked for 1 month. During my backpacking adventure rented a car, camped almost daily, bungy jumped, ice climbed, and had the time of my life!

Griffith University: http://www.griffith.edu.au

Student Life: http://www.studentlife.org.au

Science, Technology, and Culture: Italy and France

May 2008

I traveled with peers and Professor Marvin Marshak and toured ancient ruins! I have never eaten so well in my entire life.

Highlight Cities: Palermo, Naples, Rome, Nice