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Nakas, Elene

Nakas, Elene

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

My first year I chose to focus on research because I want to apply my in-class learning to creating knowledge in the real world. I am excited to have the opportunity to experiment with newer types of 3D printing (stereolithography) and observe how the resultant micro-cube support structures will dictate cell behavior. The micro-cubes are printed in a half-pipe manner to mimic a blood vessel, meaning that this research can have vast implications for many possible therapeutics and medicines.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

In my second year I plan to pursue a combination of service and entrepreneurship. I will pursue service by running to serve on the BMES executive board again and possibly pursue becoming a Clark School ambassador. I will continue my entrepreneurship activities by completing my second year of the Hinman CEO's program. As a senior, focusing on both service and entrepreneurship will allow me to give back to the Clark School community while also pursuing possible post-graduation opportunities.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am currently a VP of Communications for BMES, VP of the Greek Heritage Society and involved with the Hinman CEO's program on campus. I am also an active sister of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the professional and social engineering sorority, and a member of the Primannum Honor Society's finance committee.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

This summer I got the amazing opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for the Explore Engineering camp for high school girls interested in studying engineering at the University of Maryland. I enjoyed designing lesson plans to expose them to the variety of engineering disciplines they could pursue here and seeing their excitement for engineering. I feel that the camp further exposed me to the variety of wonderful resources we ave for engineering students and reinvigorated my excitement for the upcoming school year.