Emilee Yuan

Class of 2026
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Germantown, Maryland
High School: Damascus High School
What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
The combination of attending a highly ranked engineering program, the plentiful and impactful research opportunities for undergraduate students, and the proximity and connections to prestigious companies made UMD the school for me.
Best Experience with a Class or Project
ENES100 was an incredible introductory class for engineers as we were able to learn the aspects that goes into the design, development, building, and testing process of creating a machine. It was fun to meet and work with other engineering majors toward a common goal.
Favorite Class In Major
BIOE120: Biology for Engineers
Favorite Class Out of Major
HLSC322: Principles of Genetics and Genomics
Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) Honors College
American Physician Scientist Association (APSA)
Undergraduate research
Favorite On-Campus Event
My favorite on-campus event will have to be Maryland Day. Every year, it's great to see so many people coming together as a large community whether to educate the public or just to have a great time. 
Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
Over the summer, I joined a regenerative medicine lab where I learned about the regenerative properties or the lack thereof in various tissues. In the tissues lacking regenerative properties, they were unable to heal completely, so the goal is to find out why and develop therapy to resolve this issue. Through this lab, I was able to acquire wet-lab skills and experiences that will help me in future opportunities.
Cool Engineering Experience
There are so may memorable engineering experiences to choose from. In terms of community, I met a lot of my current friends through taking engineering classes together and there are so many organizations offering support and opportunities. For classes, I enjoyed so many of my engineering classes because of its application for each topic; it was easy to see why what we were learning in the classroom is important and useful in the real world. 
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