Eleonora (Ele) Chakraborty

Email: echakrab@purdue.edu

Class of: 2015




 Why I chose Purdue?
 I chose Purdue because it was the best fit for me.  I wanted to be part of a large university so I can get involved in a multitude of different activities and organizations.  Purdue is a strong engineering school, which is definitely a plus for prospective engineers.    Additionally, I wanted to continue the family Boilermaker tradition that was started by my brother.

 Why I chose Engineering and BME?
 I chose engineering because I wanted to utilize what I’m good at to hopefully make a difference in people’s quality of life.  Math and science has always been my forte, and it’s interesting to see engineers use its applications to make implants or pharmaceuticals to m   help people walk and cure diseases.  BME was the logical choice in order to be part of the medical industry.

 Extra-curricular activities:

  1. Center for Career Opportunities Ambassador
  2. Society of Women Engineers Engineering Week Chair
  3. Office of the Dean of Students Ambassador

Engineering-related experience I have had while in BME:  
I had a summer engineering internship with Zimmer, Inc. in the orthopedic capital Warsaw, Indiana.  I was part of the U.S. Knee Marketing team, specifically marketing an intelligent instrument total and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty solution called Patient Specific Instruments (PSI).  I was field support and software troubleshooting in various aspects of the PSI pin guide manufacturing process.  Additionally, I worked on several projects within the marketing platform of PSI and its physical development.  Some examples include the PSI method value calculator, trialing program digitalization, PSI sample kits, and surgeon targeting. 

Post-graduation plans
I would like to work in industry, ideally in a job where I can apply biomedical engineering concepts to neuroscience applications.  I would work in the research and development division within a medical device company.  My primary focus would be to develop and to improve neuromodulation devices.  Potentially, these devices include vagus nerve stimulators and pacemakers.  In addition, I would like the opportunity to work with brain imaging (MRI).  Devices like MRI are the first stages of neurological disease detection.  By improving image detection, patients can anticipate accurate readings and sooner treatments; the strongest weapon against many neurological diseases like Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.