Eve George is one of Georgia Tech’s most outstanding students. Her story began after shadowing an anesthesiologist at a local hospital during high school. Eve was impressed with how all the surgeons operated meticulously, causing a newfound fascination about medical technology used in the operating room, which eventually led to her discovery of the biomedical engineering world. Georgia Tech became her final choice among her college options because it provided a welcoming atmosphere at number one biomedical engineering undergraduate program in the country. Her experiences throughout her years at Georgia Tech are phenomenal, as she turned from a laidback freshman to an enthusiastic, soon-to be graduating biomedical engineer.
Eve’s first year at Georgia Tech was academically grueling because her high school fatigue prolonged into her freshman year; she adjusted her mindset and became determined to do better her second year. She developed habits like establishing priorities and bribing herself with rewards in order to increase academic motivation. Eve advises freshmen and transfer students to not compare yourself to your peers since everyone is different. Thus, she enthusiastically claims, “Just do you. Be yourself.”
Through all of the BME courses, she took a liking to many courses such as the hands-on physiology lab BME 3110, in which she dissected a heart, and other team project based BME courses. She leads projects, and ensures they progress reasonably. In her senior design team, she is the communicator who reaches out and interviews product users. She believes in motivating others and being a positive force on any team.
Eve is currently pursuing research for her breadth electives. Within the last four years, she worked in four different labs. The first research experience she had was on campus and lasted two semesters. She worked in a stem cell engineering lab, where she performed tissue staining for wound analysis. In her second research experience, with the Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics lab at Technology Enterprise Park (TEP), she spent four semesters doing research. In the first semester, she helped a graduate student make a steady state flow loop to test a certain heart valve in order to analyze why there were higher levels of thrombosis. During the second semester, she built a pulsatile flow loop for a more realistic model of blood flow dynamics. During her third and fourth semester, she has been working on her own research project in regards to building and validating a flow loop which incorporates the coronary arteries in order to test aortic heart valves.
In addition, she has been an intern at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Boston Scientific in Minneapolis. At Boston Scientific, she worked on a material characterization study in the Department of Interventional Cardiology, Research and Development. She helped create a new stent that was made out of a material which will degrade away over time. Her skill impressed Boston Scientific, who offered her a full time job.
Because of her desire to increase young people’s interest in engineering, she devotes herself to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), an organization that introduces young women to STEM. Starting as a volunteer, she eventually became the vice president of Outreach for SWE. She hopes to have more women in these fields in the future.
Through Eve George’s years at Tech, she avidly participated in and promoted the biomedical engineering field. Her dedication to the BME program helped her become a better student, and her research and internship experiences made her better scientist. In addition, involving herself in SWE has made her a proud supporter of women in STEM fields. Eve will graduate May 2017 and begin working full time at Boston Scientific.