Looking to learn more about the student experience at the McKelvey School of Engineering? Meet our graduate ambassadors. Our ambassadors are current students from across disciplines who are involved in their academic community and are excited to speak with prospective students. 

Maria Bandres

Maria is a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering. She received a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela in June 2015. She joined the Plasticity, Monoamines and Recovery of Function Laboratory (PMRF Lab), directed by Jacob McPherson at Florida International University in Miami in spring 2018. She transferred to Washington University in St. Louis in fall 2019, where she is also mentored by McPherson. In the lab, she uses in vivo electrophysiology and neural-computer interfaces to develop intraspinal stimulation approaches that simultaneously restore motor and sensory function after spinal cord injury.

In her free time, she enjoys binging TV shows, listening to podcasts about politics and psychology, and exploring breweries and coffee shops.

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Megan Buchanan

Megan is of Jamaican ancestry and Canadian nationality, and her hometown is Vancouver, Canada. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate in biomedical engineering with an educational background in physics and medicine. Her area of research interest is neuroimaging/neurophotonics.

In her spare time, she enjoys STEM mentoring, art, hiking, and networking in the technology innovation and space industries.

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Deepangsu Chatterjee

Deepangsu is a PhD student in Randall Martin’s Atmospheric Composition Analysis Group. His research is based on interpreting trace gas dynamics and their formation in the atmosphere using chemical transport models, satellite-based observations and ground monitors. His work also involves identifying dominating sources of air pollution from global to local scales, which are pertinent to devising strategic policymaking.

Alongside his research, he likes playing soccer, hiking, playing violin and creative writing.

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Christie Crandall

Christie is from Virginia and did an undergrad in engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech. She's currently working on a PhD in mechanical engineering, where her research focus is in cardiovascular mechanics.

When not in the lab, she enjoys working with kids through the local YMCA, running in the various St. Louis parks and eating delicious local food.

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Kara Donovan

Kara is currently a third-year PhD student in the biomedical engineering department. She works with Eric Leuthardt and Peter Brunner in the Department of Neurosurgery studying noninvasive nerve stimulation for stroke rehab. She's originally from outside Baltimore and got her undergraduate degree in bioengineering at Clemson, but she has enjoyed living in St. Louis the past few years.

Outside of the lab, she has also been involved with two student consulting groups on campus (InSITE and BALSA) and has volunteered with the Brain Discovery program.

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Mariluz Rojo Domingo

Mariluz is a master's candidate in biomedical engineering and a research assistant in the cognitive neuroscience lab of Dennis Barbour. Mariluz aspires to use her graduate experience in biomedical sciences to make an impact on health care technologies that help improve people's lives. Mariluz is from Burgos, Spain, and moved to the United States for college at the age of 18 years old. She double majored in biomedical engineering and mathematics, and balanced her academic endeavors with one of her passions: tennis. She competed internationally in Europe during her high school years and, during her undergraduate years, as a Division I student-athlete. Driven by her curiosity, she is always looking forward to learning new things.

She enjoys spending time connecting with people from diverse cultures and sharing her fascination for science with students and professionals from all backgrounds.

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Rosie Dutt

Rosie is a PhD candidate in the imaging science program. She originally moved to St. Louis from London, where she completed a MRes in bioimaging science at Imperial College London, a MSc in cognitive neuroscience at Durham University, and a BSc in biomedical science with a concentration in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.

Alongside her education, she has a passion for disseminating science. This has led her to teach university-level coding and psychology classes, as well as publishing and editing science and policy articles for media and the community at large. Her desire to ensure scientific discoveries are impactful has also led her to gain experience in entrepreneurship and business.

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Kaushik Dutta

Kaushik is pursuing a PhD in imaging science in the Washington University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree specializing in electronics and communications engineering from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata. Currently, his work revolves around developing deep learning-based framework to solve quantitative imaging problems in clinical and preclinical PET/MR.

When he's not juggling medical images, you can find him biking in Forest Park (undoubtedly his favorite place in St. Louis), reading historical novels, listening to classic rock or just taking random long drives. He originally hails from Kolkata, also known as the "City of Joy" due to the sweetness of its people and food.

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Ishan Gauli

Ishan is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering. He works in the Brain Dynamics and Controls Lab under Dr. ShiNung Ching. His research is related to the fields of controls theory and computational neuroscience.

He is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, and moved to the United States for his undergraduate studies in 2016. He went to a small liberal arts school in Spokane, Washington, named Whitworth University, where he studied applied physics and mathematics. After his third year at Whitworth, he transferred to Washington University in St. Louis to complete his electrical engineering degree as a part of the Dual Degree program.

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Matt Lang

Matt Lang is a master's student studying cybersecurity management. He's from St. Louis and loves it. During Matt's first job after undergrad, he was introduced to different aspects of the tech field and was amazed at the endless possibilities the field had. After experiencing this, he knew he wanted to go back to school to get a degree in a technical area. I started researching programs and the cybersecurity management program at WashU was the perfect fit. Contact Matt if you have any questions or just want to learn more about life at WashU.

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Sky Liu

Sky is from Shandong, China, and is a master's student studying computer science. He's is drawn to the opportunity to develop, model and program new ideas, and fulfill his own curiosity. He sees computers as handy and popular tools that we work with every day and is intrigued by their complex nature. Finding the answers of "how" and "why" pushes Sky to take more computer science courses.

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Kathryn Sarullo

Kathryn is from Palm Coast, Florida. She earned her undergraduate degree at Stetson University, double majoring in computer science and mathematics. After participating in a research experience for undergraduates and doing a thesis project her senior year, she decided to get a PhD. She's getting her PhD in computer science where her main focus lies in applying deep learning to complex domains such as medicine and chemical biology.

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Kritika Sharma

Kritika is from Nawalghar, Rajasthan, which is located in northwestern India. She did her undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, and her area of interest is liquid-liquid fuel cells.

Her hobbies are dancing, reading books and listening to music.

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