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Faculty the key to alumna success

September 27, 2015

Liz Arroyo ’14 mechanical engineering realizes her dream of being a biomedical engineer.

Liz ArroyoArroyo, a recent graduate of Northwestern University, spent the past summer as a research assistant in the biomechanics laboratory at the University of Michigan.  Her experience in developing a 3D model of how fluid travels through the eye solidified her determination to go on to graduate school and become a biomedical engineer.

Initially, the path was not well defined and difficult for her.

I struggled with engineering as a career choice,” says Arroyo.  “I did it because I thought I would be good at it and would get a decent job.

Since UDM classes are small, faculty members understand their students’ needs and concerns.  They are accessible in and out of the classroom.  “I talked to all the professors, not only those in mechanical engineering but across all disciplines,” says Arroyo.  “Each provided their perspective of the research they conduct.

"This allowed me to try whatever I wanted to see if I liked it.  This is something that could be hard to find at other schools,” says Arroyo.

Our curriculum and co-ops prepares students for graduate school or to secure employment upon graduation,” says Dean Gary Kuleck.  “Students have the opportunity to work with faculty throughout their undergraduate careers.

Arroyo conducted research with Dr. Rayess on acoustical engineering and presented the findings at a 2014 conference of the Acoustical Society of America.  

I am very fortunate to have the relationship I did with the faculty in the College of Engineering & Science.  They want you to succeed and help you along the way.

Arroyo is currently continuing working as research assistant at the University of Michigan in the Biomechanics Lab.

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