Texas A&M University (2015 – 2017)

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BTD XI Student Biographies

Jessica Aviles

Jessica Aviles

Ph.D. - Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Eng. Sci. and Mechanics at Virginia Tech
Career Goals - "My goal is to work in the prosthetics and/or exoskeleton industry with a specialization in third world initiatives."

Julieta Collazo

Julieta Collazo

MS - Soil Science, Texas A&M University
BS Plant and Env. Soil Sci. at Texas A&M University
Career Goals - "I plan to have a career working as a soil scientist for a private sector and later plan to create my own consulting company. My plans will help me become an inspiring icon for the female and Hispanic minority."
Ivan	Cortes

Ivan Cortes

MS - Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Mechanical Eng. at Texas A&M University
Career Goals - "My ultimate goal has always been to play a significant role in the advancement of technology to improve our lives. I enjoy the challenge of designing and creating something new, and I hope to do this by one day participating in design or research at a leading tech company."
Kokou Serge Dogbevi

Kokou Serge Dogbevi

Ph.D. - Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Biomedical Eng. at University of Arizona
Career Goals - "My goal is to find ways to make difference in people’s life and help the next generation continue our works. Any career path that help me accomplish those goals will be fine; however, I am interested in translation research as a PI."
Natalie Michelle	Garza

Natalie Michelle Garza

Ph.D. - Biochemistry, Texas A&M University
BS Biochemistry at Texas A&M University
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Carlos Lara Maldonado

Carlos Lara Maldonado

MS - Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Physics at University of Texas at Arlington
Career Goals - "Upon completion of my graduate program, I plan to obtain a position at a national laboratory or company in the area of nuclear reactor safety. My goal is to make nuclear reactors safer, and to help prevent severe nuclear accidents like Fukushima."
Candice Medina

Candice Medina

MS - Soil Science, Texas A&M University
BS Bio-environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University
Career Goals - "After obtaining my PhD, I plan to research the affects pollution transmission has soil water. I hope to also join the rankings of my fellow female scholars and be a mentor to students looking to advance in academia.."
Jose Eduardo Mejia

Jose Eduardo Mejia

MS - Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Mathematics at University of Texas at Brownsville
Career Goals - "Upon completion of a Master’s degree, I would like to acquire a PhD as well. My ultimate goals are to work in R&D facilities, specialty in fluid mechanics and heat transfer, and hopefully be able to obtain a position in academia in the future."
Mariela Vazquez

Mariela Vazquez

Ph.D - Organic Chemistry, Texas A&M University
BS Chemistry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Career Goals - "I aspire to work in a qualitative government research laboratory and aid in the expansion of women in the STEM fields through community outreach activities."
Taneidra Walker

Taneidra Walker

Ph.D. - Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Biomedical Eng. at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Career Goals - "I wish to translate the knowledge and skills developed throughout my doctoral studies to the healthcare industry in order to advance the field of tissue regeneration."
Jose Wippold

Jose Wippold

Ph.D. - Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Biological Eng. at Louisiana State University
Career Goals - "Wishes to bridge the gap between clinician and patient. Research focus primarily on the development of Lab-on-a-chip technology used for point-of-care infectious disease diagnostics. "
Kecen Zhou

Kecen Zhou

Ph.D. - Oceanography, Texas A&M University
BS Oceanography at University of Washington
Career Goals - "To do groundbreaking work in the microbiology of the deep biosphere, and expand the understanding of life in unlikely places. I would like to become a full-time research scientist and if I am able, contribute to NASA’s astrobiology program."