Deborah Asfaw

Class of 2024
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
High School: Springbrook High School
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What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
I chose to attend UMD for its strong bioengineering program and the opportunities it offered in this field. UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering houses labs focused on innovative research in combination with a strong curriculum, which aligned perfectly with my academic interests and career goals!
Best Experience with a Class or Project
My BIOE457 (Biomedical Electronics & Instrumentation) team and I worked on creating a device for gait monitoring in patients with cerebral palsy for the final project. We were so proud to see how far we came from our first electronics lab!
Favorite Class In Major
BIOE431: Fundamentals of Biosensor Techniques, Instrumentation, and Applications
Favorite Class Out of Major
BSCI330: Cell Biology and Physiology
Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
Gemstone Program Alum 
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Lab Assistant at BioWorkshop
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Favorite On-Campus Event
UMD Football games! 
Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
My favorite research project that I have worked on is my Gemstone project. My research team and I investigated a novel drug delivery system for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), using hydrogel and lipoprotein technology. This project not only deepened my passion for bioengineering but also allowed me to make a meaningful contribution to the ongoing quest for improved treatments for brain cancer.
Cool Engineering Experience
The OSV project for ENES100 (Introduction to Engineering Design)! I was put on an interdisciplinary engineering team to design and build a OSV with a mission of picking up a material and identifying it. This project was exciting because it marked my introduction to design and it offered a hands-on opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to a challenge. 
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