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Chughtai, Khalil

Major: 
Bioengineering

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

It is no secret that engineering is a difficult field of application and study. While it ultimately comes down to the student to invest the proper time and effort to understand the material and concepts presented, a knowledgeable TA who is always willing to help the material and concepts presented, a knowledgeable TA who is willing to help students certainly helps. I have learned the difference that a kind and knowledgeable TA who can simplify complex concepts can make. As a TA this semester, I aim to give students the same support that I had from my TAs.

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

The analytical approach that an engineer develops is an invaluable skill in professional work. It gives one the confidence and ability to tackle real problems and find efficient solutions. This approach can be further developed in the realm of medical research, where I will be able to assist in the discovery of medical breakthroughs that could positively impact the lives of others.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 
  • I recently lead my own research project at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore,where I investigated methods in differentiating aggressive prostate cancer from non-aggressive prostate cancer. In addition, I also travel to the Baltimore Medical Center and watch live surgeries on a bi-weekly basis.
  • I am also a member of the Biomedical Engineerign Society, where I assist in recruiting and blood drive efforts.
What is your cool engineering experience?: 

Last summer I had the opportunity to watch a full robotic prostatectomy utilizing the Da Vinci Surgical System, one of the most advanced robotic surgical machines. In addition, I was able to sit in the operating chair and view the surgery through the same lens as lead surgeon. I found Da Vinci Surgical System to be a fascinating machine as it had five fully operable arms that gave the user even greater levels of flexibility that the human hand. Most surprising, was the Da Vinci to be in the same hospital as the patient, as long as sufficient network connection was established.