Ember Krech is a 2016-2020 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering at The University of Kansas. She received a B.S. (2015) in mechanical engineering, with a minor in mathematics, from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Her doctoral research involves the development and characterization of a novel piezoelectric biomaterial to promote bone healing. During her time at KU, Krech has served as a Graduate Student Senator, School of Engineering Ambassador, Professional Development Coordinator for the Graduate Engineering Association, and an Early Career Mentor for Jayhawks Breaking Barriers, which was a group focused on advocating for strategic skill development opportunities to meet various graduate student needs outside a typical research-focused higher education experience. Krech is a University Innovation Fellow and is passionate about community service integration and works to inspire students of all ages to engage in opportunities outside the typical classroom curriculum, and to be confident when pursuing careers in STEM. Her future plans are to pursue a career in the biomedical industry focused on spine product innovation and development.
Mentor: Elizabeth A. Friis, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering