Engineering undergrads, biomedical tour wow Board of Visitors crowd

Biomedical engineering graduate student Kristin Poole demonstrates her work for a Board of Visitors tour.

A packed agenda for a panel of Vanderbilt University School of Engineering advisers included several presentations from professors, small-group strategy sessions and a tour of biomedical engineering labs.

But perhaps the Board of Visitors’ loudest applause Friday came for four undergraduate students in diverse majors and from diverse backgrounds. They spoke at a luncheon about what they’ve accomplished in their time at Vanderbilt.

  • Mike Papakonstantinou, a fourth-year engineering science major, said he’s interested in the Internet of Things and digital health care. He’s been active in the Vanderbilt Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society.
  • Zach Elliott, a third-year civil engineering and public policy double major, spent two months at American University in Dubai on a Clinton Foundation Scholarship. He’s interested in the way built environments contribute to individuals’ point of view.
  • Anjola Olayemi, who holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Fisk University, is wrapping up a bachelor’s in computer engineering at Vanderbilt in a dual
    Megan Madonna

    enrollmentprogram. A native of Nigeria, he’s deciding between opportunities at Microsoft or Google or getting a master’s degree.

  • Megan Madonna, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major, has been researching cancer and diabetes disease modeling. She studied abroad at University College Dublin, joining the school soccer team that won the national championship.

Later, the 35-member Board of Visitors heard from graduate students performing biomedical engineering that could help people with inflammatory bowel disease, babies with jaundice, and patients facing a number of other medical issues.

The board is comprised of distinguished alumni and friends of the school who serve as advisers to Dean Philippe Fauchet and senior staff and meet twice annually.


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