Fellow:Brian Rhindress

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Brian Rhindress is a sophomore Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering major at the University of Pittsburgh. In pursuing this dual degree, it is his deepest hope to broaden his undergraduate engineering education and merge multiple problem-solving philosophies. He is also a self-proclaimed whistling savant, occasional open-mic poetry performer and snaps his fingers explosively when excited.

Brian has participated in materials science research involving nanowire growth methods and actively volunteers in the Pittsburgh community. After tutoring for one semester in a homeless shelter and putting on science presentations for underprivileged youth through the club SEMFS (Scientists Engineers Mathematicians for Service), he is ready to impact the community with a more specialized approach.

Brian’s industrial experience at a startup medical imaging device manufacturer, MediCapture, Inc., has inspired him to dedicate himself fully to the entrepreneurial lifestyle and hopefully encourage others to do the same. Be it his most recent endeavor, a design project to improve catheter devices in conjunction with UPMC, or promotion of innovative ideals, Brian is ready to foster a new mindset centered around seizing opportunity and removing constraints people unknowingly impose upon themselves. He is ready to give all students in the engineering school the resources to realize a product across all disciplines, realizing collaborative prosperity through applied engineering education. Between steadfast ambition and a Zen-like calm established by weekly yoga sessions, Brian hopes to turn these goals into reality.

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