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Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
After my community college supplied me with great engineering introductory courses, I was ready to challenge myself both professionally and personally. Motivated to advance my scientific career at a top tier research institution, I searched for a university that would support my non-traditional journey as a transfer student. Cornell has given me the ability to help move science forward by conducting research in hopes of making novel discoveries while also supporting me through my preparation as an MD-PhD hopeful. As a Colombian immigrant, I have always been committed to inspire underrepresented communities in STEM. Cornell has celebrated my diverse background and has prepared me for my future as a physician scientist.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
I enjoy that Cornell Engineering fosters an accepting environment that promotes creativity and innovation. The willingness of research groups to take on undergraduates demonstrates the university’s initiative of making research accessible to all students.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, I am in the Butcher Cardiovascular Developmental Bioengineering Laboratory in the Biomedical Engineering department. On campus, I am also a Cornell Tradition fellow, the Co-President of PorColombia Cornell, a member of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.