As a high school senior, I was granted the extraordinary opportunity to work in a mentorship program with Dr. Addy at the Yale University Neuroscience Department where I constructed a robotic arm. Six months of lab work transformed a three dimensional CAD design of a hand into a workable model. One of my future goals is to continue research in the development of prosthesis that can be operated by electrodes embedded into the brain’s neural tissue. If successful, this innovation will change the way prosthesis are constructed. To achieve this end, I must first finish my college education. I’m pursuing my Master’s Degree in Bio-medical Engineering with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. After college graduation, I’m joining Engineers without Borders, a nonprofit organization that helps developing countries in sustaining their most basic human needs. There are global dilemmas that have not been adequately addressed and I want to make an impact in these regions where the quality of life is marginal. I have been on a number of overseas medical mission trips to Haiti, Peru, and the Dominican Republic and I’m well acquainted with the needs in these countries. As a prospective bio-medical engineer, my future goals are to work in research and development to help alleviate human suffering. This compelling desire holds no boundaries, as I respect the worth of every life, regardless of race, social position, or one’s ability to pay. I’ll apply my formal education to recreate what has been destroyed by disease, injury, and birth defects.