Alumna Hawi Gemeda Leverages Program Resources to Advance Career, Research Prospects

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Hawi Gemeda ‘2018 MS Biomedical Engineering

Hawi Gemeda graduated from SJSU’s MS biomedical engineering (BME) program in Fall 2018. During her time as a student, Gemeda became interested in the way that the field integrates engineering and biology. 

My master’s project with Professor Melinda Simon’s Laboratory at SJSU opened a path for my internship, which has allowed me to continue my master’s project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL),” says Gemeda. “The project focused on developing a microfluidic device for DNA extraction of single cancer cells. This experience has allowed me to grow professionally and improve my technical skills.”

Gemeda says the BME program and its professors served as valuable resources during and after her time as a graduate student. She enjoyed working with peers in the BME program and engaging with extracurricular activities that exposed her to the local industry.

I was part of the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program (SVIES) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). These opportunities were instrumental to my career development,” says Gemeda.

“The SVIES program has enabled me to attend different entrepreneurship events and visit several innovative biomedical companies in Silicon Valley. It has empowered me to gain valuable exposure to the biomedical engineering field’s numerous opportunities. The BMES program, through its various events and programs, has enhanced my understanding of several research topics in BME.”

Gemeda plans to continue her contributions to the BME field through research and innovation.

Hawi Gemeda was nominated for an Alumni Spotlight by bioengineering faculty member Folarin Erogbogbo. Professor Erogbogbo is a strong advocate for students looking to incorporate industry experience into their academic studies.