At Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering program (WYSE), we want to commend our lab assistants for working with students in their classes and giving their time to support our program. Faces of WYSE caught up with one of our summer 2019 Discover Bioengineering lab assistants, Vignesh Alla, over his fall break.
Vignesh, who hailed from Glenbrook South High School, is currently a senior in Bioengineering in the Cell and Tissue Engineering track and a pre-medical student. He got involved with the WYSE program after Bioengineering Teaching Assistant Professor Karin Jensen, one of the Discover Bioengineering coordinators, reached out to Vignesh for help with our summer campers. Vignesh's favorite camp memory is teaching students during the Bioinstrumentation lab how to use the devices to create their own version of a “lie detector.”
Vignesh chose to attend the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because it is a good school for engineering and to be able to stay close to home.
Some fun facts about Vignesh!
Some high school clubs that Vignesh participated in that helped prepare him for college were, 1) the Debate Club, and 2) and Partners in Health (PIH), an organization that raised money for fighting Ebola.
On a final note, a word of advice from Vignesh for students reading this – “If you feel like you like problem-solving and learning skills that are readily applicable in the workforce, you should think about engineering majors.”