Alexa Malaspino


Alexa Malaspino

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Class of: 2015




Why I chose Purdue?
I chose Purdue because it was the best fit for me. There were two main characteristics I was looking for in colleges: I was looking for a big university because it would allow me to get involved in a variety of activities on campus, and I wanted a school that had a strong engineering program that included both Biomedical and Chemical Engineering because as a freshman, I was unsure what type of engineering I wanted to do. Purdue fit both these criteria and offered an excellent first year program that gave me time to decide what I wanted to do.  Although Purdue is far from home, I cannot imagine attending a different school.

Why I chose Engineering and BME?
Since I was in grade school, I knew I wanted to help people. It was not until high school that I realized I wanted to use my interest in math and science to help people through a career in engineering. I was unsure if I wanted to do research in sustainable energy or if I wanted to enter the medical field. I ultimately chose BME for two main reasons: when I was eleven, my sister was born three months premature which sparked an interest in the medical field and BME allows me to create devices that directly impact the lives of other people.

Extra-curricular activities:
BME Ambassador, Women in Engineering Mentors and Mentees Program, Women in Engineering I2D2 K-5 outreach program, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2012, Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader, Intramural volleyball

Engineering-related experience/CO-OP/Intern/Research:
I have completed the first term of a four term CO-OP at Cook MED Institute in West Lafayette as well as two semesters of undergraduate research. At MED I tested stents and grafts as a member of the Bench Test Team. As an undergraduate research assistant I helped develop MATLAB code to detect hearing loss in humans.

Post-graduation plans:
Currently I want to go into industry in an area that focuses on the mechanical aspects of BME. I would like to earn either an MS in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering or an MBA.