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Jessica Aldrich

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Serving as UIF Since: Spring 2018  
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School:Wichita State University
What does she do now: Masters in Biomedical Engineering, WUIFx program director
What that means: Developed an empathy based design thinking curriculum to empower high school students to make positive change in our community while completing my graduate studies

Contact her about: Design thinking workshops, facilitating design competitions, high school programming, Pop-up events, guest lectures, community development, relational leadership, trying to do too many things at once.
Phone: 785-250-3916

      Jessica Aldrich is a University Innovation Fellow at Wichita State University. She is a masters student in Biomedical Engineering and received her BS from Wichita State in May 2018. During her undergraduate career, Jessica studied Biomedical Engineering with minors in Math and General Business. She spent her freshman year as a student athlete playing volleyball at Avila University before transferring to Wichita State. After graduation, Jessica spent the summer working on her thesis and spent a few weeks in Europe taking a course in design from the University of Twente. 

    As a UIF on campus Jessica was involved in hosting the Midwest Regional Meetup that was held in February 2018. During that time she also facilitated the Invent for the Planet design competition. After completing her UIF training in March, she facilitated numerous design thinking workshops on campus and guest lectured in courses through the Bill and Dorothy Cohen Honors College. Additionally she ran the 32-Second Challenge, a pop-up design thinking experience for students from diverse backgrounds on campus. She attended the Utah Valley Regional Meetup, the European Regional meetup, and the Colorado School of Mines regional meetup as well as presented at the ASEE National Meeting in 2018. 

    Currently, Jessica is developing and running an empathy-based design thinking program for local high school students to empower them to create positive change in their community. She is also working to bring Start-Up Grind U to campus in fall 2018. Additionally, Jessica has hosted workshops and guest lectured at events and in classes through University admissions and the Honors College. 

      Outside of UIF, Jessica is invovled in a variety of on campus activites. During her time as an undergraduate she was an executive team member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), a member of Gamma Phi Beta, and was heavily involved with the honors college. She is also passionate about research and spent much of her time at WSU working in research labs and spent one summer doing an NSF REU. Her research experiences include biosensor development, machine learning, nanomedicine, and mechanobiology. Working in research has given her the opportunity to uncover and solve problmes related to her work; this has inspired her to translate that methodology to problems and concerns on her campus. In her senior year she was awarded the University Senior Honor and the Cohen Honors College Outstanding Senior. She volunteers regularly with Younglife and is a part of their Leadership Development Program (Developing Future Leaders).

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