Christine Yoo, a senior pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) with a concentration in bioengineering, initially began her studies pursuing a degree in biochemistry. However, she decided to transfer to the College of Engineering based on conversions she had with a friend in the college and after taking the Introduction to Engineering course. Fueled by the desire to improve society and with a particular interest in the biomedical field, Christine began working with Dr. Darvish, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Biomechanics Laboratory. Working with Dr. Darvish in the Biomechanics Laboratory gave Christine a wonderful opportunity to participate in research activities at the undergraduate level. She is continuing to assist Dr. Darvish’s research by participating in the College of Engineering’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program this summer. She is conducting a literature review focused on the properties of various materials that can be used to create models that can better calculate brain injuries.
Additionally, Christine is one of Temple University’s McNair Scholars. As one of the program objectives, Christine needed to complete a research project. Her project focused on the development of sound waves that can be used to destroy clots in the brain, which can be used as a type of pre-stroke treatment. She presented her research at the 2011 SAEOPP Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2011, placing 3rd in the life science category.
Christine is in the Accelerated Bachelor to Master Degree (ABMD) program in the College of Engineering. This program allows her to complete the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and the M.S. in Bioengineering in five years. To achieve this, she will take three graduate-level courses in place of technical electives, a graduate course in the summer after completing the undergraduate degree, and will complete the remaining graduate-level work in two semesters.