Congratulations to UF BME student, Evelyn Bracho-Sanchez, who was featured on CGTN America as a Hispanic woman in science.
Evelyn is a Ph.D. candidate currently under the mentorship of Dr. Keselowsky, her focus has been the engineering of a cell and tissue targeting fusion enzyme to direct localized cellular metabolism. Evelyn has taken numerous leadership roles with increasing levels of responsibility representing our community at various levels. She began as the Historian of the UF Chapter of the Society for Biomaterials (UF-SFB) in 2011 and in 2015-2016 served as the National Student Chapter President. Since 2011, she has organized numerous events such as Biomaterials Day (one-day symposium with highly honored invited speakers including a National Academy of Engineering member), industry tours and recruiting events for other students in the biomaterials and biomedical field. She has garnered praise for these efforts by receiving the 2013-2014 Benton Engineering Council Best Professional Event Award and the 2015 Thomas O. Hunter Leadership Award. Evelyn’s efforts are not only exhibited through the Society for Biomaterials. She has also served as the Board of Education Summer Fellowship Program Graduate Student Peer Mentor, guiding other underrepresented minority students in diverse fields through their journey as graduate students at the University of Florida. Lastly, Evelyn has also served as the Vice-President of the BME Graduate Student Council and the BME graduate student representative to the College of Engineering Student Leadership Advisory Board actively representing student interests during the development of new guidelines and curriculum. Through these positions, Evelyn has demonstrated extensive leadership experience and commitment at a local and national level and has served her community extensively.
At UF BME, we acknowledge and respect the value of a diverse community. The department strongly believes that diversity in engineering, and in engineering education is essential. We welcome the engineers of tomorrow. Congratulations Evelyn, the department is so proud!
Evelyn’s piece comes in at 5:18, watch it here!