Emily Ballantyne is a Mechanical Engineering student with an interest in biological applications of her studies. Emily began her coursework at Drexel in the Biomedical Engineering program, but changed her major following her second co-op. Currently, she is conducting research with Dr. Hisham Abdel-Aal of the Mechanical Engineering Department to investigate the surface properties of snake skin.
Emily’s practical experience ranges from a large company summer internship at DEKA Research & Development, to a 6-month co-op with a medical device start-up, to academic research: most recently completing a 6-month co-op at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago on a Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship in 2014. Working under Dr. Daniel E. Hurtado, she assisted in the computational biophysics and biomechanics lab on a project aimed at quantifying lung strain using Finite Element Methods. When she wasn’t in the lab, she could be found learning Chilean Spanish, running in and around Providencia, and eating plenty of empanadas.
Read about Emily's Whitaker International experience in Chile on her blog and on our Student Voices page!