Junior biomedical engineering major Kristen Zozulia was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from the Philadelphia section of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). After speaking with Kristen, it’s clear why she was selected for this honor.
During the academic year, Kristen seeks ways to impact people’s daily lives as one of the research track biomedical engineering students. She is investigating what conditions cause microparticles in the blood to deposit. Working with biomedical engineering professor Dr. Constance Hall, Kristen also spent the summer using computer models to predict temperature and the pressure and velocity of blood flow. Tribology includes the study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication, and wear. STLE credited Kristen’s work showing “ the role of friction in determining the flow profile” as well as her outstanding academic record as the reasons she was selected for the scholarship. This year she was also inducted into The College of New Jersey’s chapter of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi.
Kristen works as a peer tutor for Advanced Engineering Math I and Advanced Engineering Math II with the Tutoring Center and was a camp counselor for the “Engineering in Health and Medicine Summer Camp” led by the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department. She worked with high school students that rank in the top 30% of their class, doing hands-on lab and design activities.
Kristen also plays the clarinet and participates in TCNJ’s Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. “Both my school work and music push my cognitively…creativity I have in music helps with my problem solving in engineering.” She recently continued her exploration to determine her next steps upon graduation after being selected to attend the 2019 Johnson and Johnson DISCOVER Summit, sponsored in conjunction with Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Ernst and Young and Hershey. She was able to network with a Vice President from the Society of Women Engineers, a representative of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering, and a Vice President of Processes from Bristol Myers Squibb.
Kristen doesn’t know if her next step is going into industry or continuing to do research in graduate school, but she does know that she’s loving her experience at TCNJ. With a diverse set of interests across biomedical engineering, she likes that “with our curriculum, you get a feel for everything.” And when comparing TCNJ with some of the other institutions she considered, Kristen emphasized that “everyone is very friendly and down to Earth…I like the small atmosphere.” In her free time, Kristen is a tour guide for the School of Engineering, helping to inspire the next class of TCNJ Engineering students.