Meet Steve Zambrano, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he plans to specialize in medical device and bioreactor design.
Steve's Ph.D. dissertation will be a partnership between Texas A&M University and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, concentrating on the development of bioreactor devices to recreate the mechanical environment in disease development, and therapeutic intervention.
Steve acknowledges that the Sloan funding has provided him the means to fulfill his dream of becoming a top-tier engineering researcher. "Without the Sloan program I quite literally would not be where I am now. However, more than just a 'check and a handshake', the program allowed me to participate in the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in October 2012. There I was able to present my ongoing research, learn about effective ways to present and grow my research, and discover different avenues for research funding. Since joining the program my learning experience has not been limited only to research; I have discovered an entire network of Sloan scholars and established relationships with them across disciplines and across the country."
In offering advice for students considering a major and/or degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Steve suggests, "Identify the people who inspire you, and find out what makes them tick; use their drive and combine it with your own because perseverance will be your ultimate tool to achieving success."