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Gopal, Riddhi

Class of 
2018
Major: 
Bioengineering
Minor: 
Art History
Hometown: 
Gaithersburg, MD
High School: 
Poolesville High School

What Made You Decide to Attend UMD? 

One of the reasons I chose to come to UMD is because of the great value it has as a school. Despite being a public school with much lower tuition than private schools, our engineering school is continuously recognized with high ranking for our education program and research facilities. In addition, I appreciate the emphasis the Clark School places on community not competition.  

Best Experience with a Class or Project 

As part of BIOE340, we worked in groups to complete a muscle stimulation lab.  I had a particularly good project experience for this lab because we were able to exercise wet lab skills and technical skills. In the lab we performed a partial frog dissection to isolate a particular muscle that we then applied electrical stimulation and measured the muscular response. We then analyzed the data using MATLAB to identify the different types of muscle stimulation. The project was especially interesting and enjoyable because the team had a great dynamic due to our open communication with each other.  

Favorite Class 

BIOE340: Modeling Physiological Systems

Involvements/Extracurricular Activities 

Art History Association, AEMB Bioengineering Honor Society, Mayuri Executive Board, Hiking, Group Fitness Classes at Eppley Recreation Center

Favorite On-Campus Event 

Technica: UMD's All Women Hackathon

Research/Study Abroad Experience 

My favorite research experience has been working at the Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) lab. My team and I use nano 3D-printing and Solidworks to design and fabricate micropost arrays that can be used in cell migration studies.  

Cool Engineering Experience 

As the final project for ENES102, we were sorted into groups and built trusses to withstand a certain stress and then actually tested out the truss to see at what stress it reached failure. This experience was particularly cool because we were able to directly translate all the basic engineering skills we learned that semester into a hands on project.