Clara Lin is a 4th year engineering student at California Polytechnic State University in  San Luis Obispo.  Clara is graduating in 2021.  She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Clara and her teammates are working on the Shadowboxing Stabilizer Challenge.  The goal of this project is to design a device that allows veterans and service members with a variety of balance abilities to shadowbox safely.  The team is working with our mentor, Harvey Naranjo at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The device will supplement his current shadowboxing rehabilitation workouts to assist users in regaining strength and balance.
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Why did you choose your major?  I chose Biomedical Engineering because I have always been interested in the medical field and enjoy the problem-solving aspect of engineering.  Biomedical Engineering is rewarding because I get to use my skills to improve the lives of others.

Describe your experience working with QL+ so far.  I have had a great experience working with QL+.  I’ve learned a lot by communicating with our sponsor and working together with my team.  The biggest challenge is finding new ways to apply engineering skills learned in classes to a real application, which is also a great learning opportunity.  The most rewarding part is updating our Challenger about our progress and seeing the design come together.
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What was it like working with your Challenger?  I enjoyed working with our Challenger and appreciated the amount of trust he had in our team to successfully complete this project.  It was motivating to know that that this was a meaningful project.  Through this experience, I learned the importance of clear communication and thinking outside of the box to ensure that our Challenger’s needs would be met.

What would you say to other students about QL+?  QL+ is a great organization that benefits both the students and Challengers involved.  As a student, QL+ has provided me with an impactful project and great opportunities to develop my engineering skills.  I’ve learned skills including project management, communicating with my sponsor, and using new tools that could not have been taught in a classroom.  I highly recommend getting involved with QL+.

What are your plans after graduation?  I am pursuing my Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering through the Cal Poly Blended Program. I hope to pursue a career in the medical device industry in the future.

What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  The proudest moment of my college career was getting my first internship and being able to apply what I learned in class to work on a real medical device.

What three words describe you?  Compassionate, motivated, collaborative