Eileen Cadel is a 2014-2018 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering. She grew up with an interest to understand how and why the body works. This manifested itself in her desire to study Biomedical Engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level and to prepare for a career in product development. She is now focusing on biomedical product design and development as a Ph.D. student in the Spine Biomechanics lab. In the long term, Cadel plans to impact medical device development through start-up or industry employment in an innovative environment. Since arriving to the University of Kansas in 2014, Cadel has worked as a graduate research assistant, served as an Engineering Graduate Ambassador, and has been an officer in the Graduate Engineering Association. Cadel received a B.S in Biomedical Engineering (2014) from the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, she gained experience working in the biomedical field through laboratory research and as an intern for the Wallace H. Coulter Program for Translational Research at the University of Virginia. During her four years as an undergraduate, Cadel worked to commercialize six medical devices. In addition to her studies, Cadel played clarinet and was an active member of the Cavalier Marching Band for four years.
Mentor: Elizabeth A. Friis, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering