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Kiam Howard, Jason Huang, Shamyl Khan, Melissa Le, Nuha Mirza, Jenny Quach, Xin Yang, & Jun Yuh Are 2023-24 BIOMED Diversity Scholarship Awardees

April 5, 2024

The BIOMED Diversity Scholarship Program was introduced in the fall of 2021 to foster diversity and inclusiveness within the field of Biomedical Engineering. This annual scholarship initiative offers financial support to undergraduate students enrolled in Drexel University's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems to help them pursue their academic goals and contribute to the advancement of biomedical research and healthcare.

Made possible by the generous contributions from BIOMED alumni, the scholarship program aims to create a future generation of Biomedical Engineers that is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. The BIOMED Diversity Scholarship Program recognizes the importance of representation and the unique perspectives that individuals from diverse backgrounds bring to the field of biomedical engineering.

Meet the 2023-2024 Scholars

Kiam Howard
Kiam HowardI and a second year Biomedical Engineering major with the intent on having a concentration in biomechanics. I'm fascinated with the idea of enhancing prosthetics technology and improving the lives of those who use them. My goal for my future career is to work with a company that deals with enhancing the technology in prosthetics but for now I look forward to getting a coop experience that directly correlates with what I'm interested in pursuing. I'm glad to be a part of the Drexel biomed family because it has enabled me to make long lasting connections and evolve as a person. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing video games and catching up on shows.

Jason Huang
Jason HuangI am a 5th year biomedical engineering student enrolled in the dual degree BSMS program, with a concentration in tissue engineering. In terms of career goals, I am fascinated by medical technology/devices and my ultimate goal is to positively impact people's lives as a biomedical engineer. Aside from academics, I enjoy being active and my hobbies include going to the gym, bowling, basketball, and volleyball. I have also been on Drexel Men's Club Volleyball team for the last 5 years, so shout out to them!

Shamyl Khan
Shamyl KhanShamyl Khan is currently a 4th-year student at Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering pursuing an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree, with a concentration in Tissue Engineering and a minor in Business Consulting. After graduating, Shamyl hopes to explore the intersection of medicine, biotech and business development throughout the rest of his career with keen interests in biotech entrepreneurship. Shamyl is currently an advisory board member and peer mentor for the Biomedical Engineering school while at the same time also being an event coordinator for the Drexel Consulting Group. Shamyl was drawn to Drexel through its co-op program which allows for opportunities to gain real world work experience, where he has so far completed two different co-ops with roles in both supply chain management and downstream development. In his free time Shamyl loves playing racket sports, watching movies and learning about history and philosophy.

Melissa Le
Melissa LeMy Name is Melissa Le and I am a graduating senior at Drexel University. I am studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in biomechanics in the five year and three co-op program. From my co-ops, I have gained experience in both the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. As a senior, I am grateful for the firsthand industry experience through Drexel’s co-op program. After graduation, I plan to continue my career in the industry by always seeking to learn and applying the experiences I have gained over the years. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking and exploring the city.

Nuha Mirza
Nuha MirzaI am a fourth-year Biomedical Engineering major with a concentration in Biomedical Imaging and a minor in Business Consulting. Born in Southampton, UK, I have spent a significant portion of my life in India before transitioning to college. I have successfully completed two co-op experiences: the first as a Business Process Analyst at Pfizer, and the second as a participant in the Drexel BIOMED-Bristol Myers Squibb Co-op STEM Fellows program. In the latter, I had the privilege of working in Professor Hasan Ayaz's Neuroergonomics Research lab, focusing on behavioral data analysis in neuroscience experiments with a particular emphasis on human-robot interaction. In addition to my co-op experiences, I serve as a Peer Mentor for Biomedical Engineering Students and hold the position of Engineering Tutor at the Academic Center for Engineers. My passion lies in advancing research and exploring the potential for a future career in Medical Imaging and Image Analytics. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to pursue graduate studies and engage in further research, with the possibility of also exploring the field of healthcare consulting. What fuels my enthusiasm for biomedical engineering is the realization that I can contribute to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives and enhance the overall quality of human life.

Jenny Quach
Jenny QuachI am Jenny Quach, an international student from Vietnam and a rising senior in Biomedical Engineering with an Asian Studies minor. I love traveling and learning from other cultures, that is why I have completed two study abroad terms in Hong Kong and South Korea. With the comprehensive insight during my involvement in the study abroad program, both in Hong Kong and Seoul, I would be able to consider choosing the best institution for my graduate degree in BIOMED, as well as be able to facilitate my career prospects globally, particularly in the Asian market. I must say that being a Dragon has open a myriad opportunities for me, both academically and career wise.

Xin Yang
Xin YangXin Yang is a third-year student at Drexel University, pursuing a Bachelor's and Master's in Biomedical Engineering. He's actively seeking internships and co-op opportunities in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry to gain hands-on experience in the real world. Xin has previous experience in wet labs and cell culture, studying the swelling ratios, and testing macrophage viability of different hydrogels. He is currently volunteering at Drexel University's Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Lab assisting in experiments.

Jun Yuh
Jun YuhJun Yuh an aspiring biomedical engineer focused on optimizing and developing innovative solutions to advance pharmaceutical testing and product development. He is experienced in validation, analytical techniques, and applying laboratory automation to small-molecule research.

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