Jessica T. | Biomedical Engineering
Jessica T. has a passion for using engineering for patient rehabilitation in the biomedical field. And she discovered this passion during her journey as an engineering transfer student.
After achieving an Associate’s Degree at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Jessica transferred to Arizona State University to start her junior year.
She pursued a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and graduated in May 2016. Now she is working to complete a master’s degree in one additional year through the 4+1 Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s program, offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
She says one of the primary reasons she chose ASU was “the comfort and confidence that came from knowing that her community college credits were 100% transferrable.” She was excited about the possibility of completing her bachelor’s degree in four years — two years at a community college, and two years at ASU.
Jessica managed her course load and transfer credits by relying on the MAPP program outline and the Transfer Credit Guide given to her by academic advisors.
She says, “the amazing advising staff” and class offerings like Transfer Success in Engineering (which she took during her first semester to learn about internships, job opportunities and resources available on campus) helped “provide a successful transition from community college.”
Jessica chose ASU because she was “reassured by professors and a CGCC engineering club professor that ASU had a very well recognized engineering program.” In addition, she wanted to join an engineering college, like the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with ABET accredited programs that emphasizes hands-on coursework and projects, like the capstone design projects offered in her biomedical undergraduate program.
While at ASU, Jessica worked as both a Peer Advisor and Fulton Ambassador, giving tours and mentoring new and prospective engineering students.
As a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s ASU Chapter she learned about Project C.U.R.E., an organization that donates medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. At their Arizona location, Jessica volunteered weekly to test medical equipment.
“I’ve tested medical equipment ranging from ICU beds to cast saws to blood pressure monitoring systems and scales, and I love knowing that the work we do to fix these devices and equipment is able to help people who are in need of medical care and will now have it available to them,” says Jessica.
Currently, as a master’s student, Jessica works in the Neuromuscular Control and Human Robotics Laboratory gaining research experience in human movement studies.
In particular she studies the effects of visuomotor distortion in human locomotion. For her applied master’s project she is conducting a gender difference study on human ankle mechanical impedance.
Joining a lab helped Jessica identify that she would like to work in the area of rehabilitation engineering, studying human movement and developing technologies to help patients regain their ability to move affected limbs and perform daily activities.
In the future she would like to develop new rehabilitation interventions for those with neurological disorders or work in a clinical setting to develop technologies or devices for those with physical impairments — where she will play a role in ensuring a better quality of life for those in need.
What advice would you give to other transfer students?
If you are worried about the transition process then enroll in the Transfer Success in Engineering course offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. In that course I learned about Fulton Schools Career Fairs, how to use ASU applications like the Sun Devil CareerLink to look for internships and jobs along with other important resources and how to manage time to allow for a smooth transition period.
So that I didn’t miss out on learning about useful resources generally introduced to ASU students during their freshman and sophomore years, I made a point to have regular appointments with my academic advisor to seek advice on courses, my course load, and inquire about other extracurricular opportunities I need like internships, volunteer effort, and undergraduate research to develop my resume and become a strong candidate for career positions when I enter the workforce upon graduation.
I would urge all transfer students to see their academic advisor every semester to make sure they are on track and to ask about ways to get involved on campus or within their research or career interests to gain the much needed experience companies look for in graduates. I recommend searching for internships early on and talking to the faculty and fellow classmates to learn more about research opportunities, potential internships, and to start conversations on what non-academic work you should be doing to achieve your career goals while at ASU.Jessica T.