Jacob Aaronson '18: Bioengineering

As a bioengineer, Jacob aims to help better the lives of others, while challenging himself.

  • Year: Class of 2018
  • Major: Bioengineering
  • Minor: Business Administration
  • Hometown: Dartmouth, MA
  • Honors & awards: Dean's List, Chancellor's List, 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Student Leader Award
  • Leadership & service: Biomedical Engineering Society, President
  • Research: Office of Undergraduate Research summer grant
  • Internship: Medtronic
  • Next steps: MS in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology

Bioengineering at UMassD

I've always been interested in finding a profession where I could help better the lives of others. The bioengineering program at UMassD is a unique path that combines all aspects of engineering with my desire to help.

I chose the bioengineering program because there's a strong atmosphere inspired by innovation and cutting-edge research.

My education would not be the same if it weren't for the College of Engineering professors. Interactions with my professors and fellow classmates are what allowed me to gain the knowledge and professional skills I have today. Understanding how others think about problems and situations in any discipline, especially engineering, is key for a successful career.

Internship & research

As a customer representative at the medical equipment company Medtronic, I learned how biomedical devices are used by customers such as doctors and physicians.

This was beneficial not only because I gained industry experience, which will be useful after graduate school, but I was also able to gain some knowledge on biomedical devices. 

I had the opportunity to work in Dr. Lamya Karim’s bone biomechanics research lab where I studied the effects of Type 2 Diabetes on the properties of bone.

Next steps

After graduation, I will continue to work with Dr. Karim. I was inspired by my research experience to pursue a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology here at UMassD.

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