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Biomedical Engineering is Her Passion

Mary Youssef is the NCE Outstanding Senior in Biomedical Engineering. She's pictured above receiving her award from NCE Dean Sunil Saigal.

Mary Youssef loves her major: biomedical engineering.  It’s a field, she says, that elegantly combines biology and engineering.  Biomedical engineers design and build medical devices as well as new medical therapies for millions of patients.

“I also love biomedical engineering because it’s a hands-on major that allows you to think outside of the box,” says Mary. 

Her passion for her major is one of the reasons the Newark College of Engineering recently named her the Outstanding Senior in Biomedical Engineering.  Mary is a student in the Albert Dorman Honors College with a GPA of 3.94. She's also a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Her professors say she is bright, conscientious and highly motivated. She’s is involved in a host of extra-curricular activities and is a leader on campusm as a member of the Honors College Social Committee and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. She also worked as a teaching assistant for a biomedical computing class, where she taught undergraduates how to apply signal processing to biomedical problems.

Mary was born in America but lived for six years in Egypt when she was a girl. Both her parents are Egyptian. She later went to Fair Lawn High School, where she excelled in math and science, taking a heavy load of AP classes. 

Eventually, she wants to apply to medical school. But in the meantime she’s considering getting her master’s degree in biomedical engineering at NJIT.

“I had great professors and a great experience at NJIT,” she says, “and I’m strongly considering coming back for my master’s degree and possibly one day working as a either a doctor or as a biomedical engineer.”

(By Robert Florida)