Fellow:Maria Sagastume

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School: Florida Institute of Technology

What she does now: PhD student at Florida Institute of Technology, Resident Director, FYE Instructor, and Product & Strategy Intern at Medicomp Inc.

Contact her about: Human-Centered Design, Design Thinking in Education and Medicine, Building community in a diverse campus, first-year engineering student projects, internship opportunities, Women in STEM resources, learning spanish or any type of latin dancing.

Email: msagastume2014@my.fit.edu

Phone: 321-960-8655

Maria Sagastume earned her Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering and STEM Education and an MBA in Healthcare Management at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. She is now a PhD student in Human-Centered Design and is working on her literature review for her dissertation topic. She will teach first-year experience for the 3rd time during the fall semester to first-year engineering students where she will incorporate the KEEN mindset and 3C's model that she was trained on when she represented Florida Tech at the KEEN conference as an FYE instructor. Maria is part of the group of faculty working on the KEEN project for maker spaces and incorporating entrepreneurial mindset to first year engineering students.

Maria has been part of the department of Residence Life at Florida Tech for 5 years and she has experienced different leadership roles within this department. Currently, she is a Resident Director and supervises resident assistants in an upperclassmen area and works with other campus departments to provide safe and educational events to students that enhance their experience at Florida Tech. As a Women in STEM, Maria also serves as a champion for the Women in STEM Living Learning Community at Florida Tech where she organizes networking events and professional panels for the girls in this community. Besides this leadership experience, Maria has been an intern for a local medical device company for the past 2 years in the departments of engineering, quality and regulatory, marketing, and product and strategy. Maria hopes to work with this company for her dissertation research and study patient engagement and recovery from data obtained through cardiac monitors and implantable devices.

As a women in STEM, Maria is part of the creative staff for Reinvented Magazine, the nation's first printed magazine made by women in STEM, for women in STEM. Maria also enjoys volunteering with the SWE chapter at Florida Tech as a member and she previously held positions of President of the Biomedical Engineering Society and member of Student Government and Latin American Student Association. She has also volunteered with the Scott's Autism center at Florida Tech to plan activities for the social skill program and kids camps in the summer and fall semesters.

Maria was trained as a University Innovation Fellow in Spring 2017, and attended the Silicon Valley meetup in November 2017. She continued her support on the Innovation Council ant Florida Tech and promoted the ideas from the Silicon Valley meetup within the department of Residence Life and when teaching First Year Experience classes. Her main exposure has been with faculty members that are part of the KEEN network and planning for teaching FYE classes to engineering students that incorporate entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking and the 3 Cs : Curiosity, Connections, and Creating value.


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