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Innovating Boundaries and Unveiling Excellence: Kylie Schmitz's Academic Odyssey from Biochemistry to Biomedical Engineering at CSU

Kylie Schmitz, a driven and ambitious graduate student at Cleveland State University (CSU), exemplifies the spirit of interdisciplinary exploration and determination. With a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she embarked on a journey to delve into the world of Biomedical Engineering, propelled by a fervent passion for research and innovation. In a candid conversation, Kylie shares insights into her academic trajectory, her experiences at CSU in the Washkewicz College of Engineering, and her aspirations for the future.

Asked about her decision to choose CSU, Kylie emphasizes the university's robust Applied Biomedical Engineering program, offering state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative opportunities with prestigious institutions like the Cleveland Clinic. The flexibility of the program allowed her to seamlessly transition from her undergraduate degree to graduate studies, aligning with her long-standing ambition to pursue engineering. Moreover, as a native of Cleveland, Kylie found comfort in returning to familiar surroundings, drawn by the vibrant atmosphere and opportunities for growth in her chosen field.

Kylie Schmitz ABE PhD student in labKylie's journey to CSU was marked by meticulous research and networking. Introduced to the Applied Biomedical Engineering program through conversations with peers and faculty, she seized the opportunity to explore various research avenues before finding her niche in Dr. Ning's lab. Here, she collaborates on pioneering projects in biomaterial synthesis and 3D bioprinting for tissue regeneration, leveraging her diverse skill set and background.

Reflecting on her academic journey, Kylie underscores the pivotal role of her undergraduate major in shaping her trajectory. While her initial interests spanned across medicine and engineering, her experiences at Wooster solidified her passion for biomedical engineering research. Since joining CSU, her goals have remained steadfast, with aspirations to contribute to advancements in tissue engineering and biomaterial synthesis

Kylie acknowledges the challenges inherent in her academic pursuit, from the steep learning curve of a new lab environment to the demanding balance between coursework, research, and extracurricular activities. Yet, each obstacle has been met with resilience and a commitment to personal growth. Through perseverance and mentorship, Kylie has honed her leadership skills, time management, and research acumen, emerging stronger and more confident in her abilities.

Looking ahead, Kylie envisions a career in industry, driving innovation in biomedical engineering and contributing to projects aligned with her research interests. Her advice to fellow students echoes her own journey: “keep an open mind and network with as many people as possible. You never know when you will discover an opportunity that you didn’t even know existed. Control what you can and take pride in your work so that you can look back and say you truly gave everything your best effort.”

Gratitude and Looking Forward

Kylie Schmitz ABE PhD student in labAs Kylie embarks on the next phase of her academic journey, she expresses being “grateful for all the mentors and role models that have influenced my CSU journey so far”. With optimism and determination, she eagerly anticipates the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, poised to make a meaningful contribution to the field of biomedical engineering and inspire future generations of aspiring researchers.

Kylie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Mathematics from the College of Wooster. She is currently working toward a PhD in Applied Biomedical Engineering in the Washkewicz College of Engineering at CSU.

Kylie Schmitz's story epitomizes the transformative power of education, resilience, and unwavering determination. Through her academic journey in the Washkewicz College of Engineering at CSU, she exemplifies the boundless potential of interdisciplinary collaboration and the pursuit of excellence in biomedical engineering. As she continues to chart her path forward, Kylie serves as an inspiration to her peers and a beacon of hope for the future of scientific innovation and discovery.

Learn more about our Applied Biomedical Engineering program here.

About CSU and the Washkewicz College of Engineering 

Cleveland State University is a public institution in Cleveland, Ohio. The university has over 16,000 students enrolled in programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Washkewicz College of Engineering offers graduate and undergraduate programs. The undergraduate programs are accredited by ABET. The College recently celebrated its Centennial Anniversary. To learn more about the College, please visit: