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Rachel Durnin

Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pa

High School: Cumberland Valley High School

Extracurricular Activities: Biomedical Engineering Society, Springfield THON Org, Engineering Orientation Network

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Research Assistant in The Center for Neural Engineering Lab and Biomchanics and Imaging Lab at Penn State

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? As cheesy as it sounds, I chose Penn State because it was the school that felt most like home when I was visiting and touring universities. There's an amazing sense of community here that you really can't get anywhere else.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? By best memories as an engineering student came during my first week or so on campus, when I attended WEPO (Women in Engineering Program Orientation) and EON (Engineering Orientation Network). They were both amazing resources that really helped me get accustomed to the College of Engineering quickly and I also met some of my best friends and roommates through these events!

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Find a mentor figure! Having an upperclassman in your major or another engineering major is super helpful when it comes to questions you may have about classes, career opportunities, research, or really anything. There are tons of organizations that offer mentor-relationships for their members, such as EON or SWE.

What do you plan to do after graduation? My area of interest is prosthetics and joint replacements. I currently have hopes to go directly into an industry job for a few years after I graduate, and then return to school to get either a masters or doctorate in biomedical engineering.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My favorite part of school outside of engineering is definitely THON. I'm involved in a THON organization called Springfield, and my very first THON with Springfield is probably my favorite memory of college thus far. THON is such a humbling thing to be involved in and you meet so many great people through it. I'd recommend it to anyone coming to Penn State!