|MIT Department: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Giovanni Traverso
Research Supervisor: James McRae
Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: Davie, Florida
My name is Brandon Rios and I am a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Beginning my research career during the summer of 2019, I have been recognized as a MARC USTAR Research Fellow for my undergraduate study of engineered micro heart muscle. As president of the Biomedical Engineering Society at WashU, I seek to promote diversity in the sciences by encouraging minority students both at my university and in the surrounding community to pursue their dreams in STEM careers. I hope to earn a PhD in Mechanical Engineering so that I may work in the Biomedical Device industry and develop products to improve the quality of life of society as a whole.