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Student Spotlight - Savannah Vogel

Savannah Vogel

Senior, Bioengineering


  • QUEST Honors Program
  • Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society Member
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Engineering Sorority  - President
  • SEEDS Mentor
  • EES Fellows Scholarship Program - Coordinator
  • Clark School Ambassador
  • Engineering Alternative Spring Break - Spring 2013


Spring 2012: Drug Delivery and Biomaterials Engineering Lab (on-campus): While I was working in the lab, I prepared hydrogel samples for transmission electron microscopy. We were investigating how the chirality of the gel would affect its microstructure and physical properties. We also began growing cells on the gels to see how the chirality would affect cell viability. While I was only a sophomore working in this lab, I was able to get my research published twice which helped a lot when applying for internships, so I highly encourage getting involved in a lab early on!

Summer 2012: I interned at MedImmune in Frederick, Maryland in the Manufacturing Sciences and Technology department. I was responsible for writing and performing engineering protocols and completing lab-scale up studies. MedImmune was acquiring a few new products at the time and I was involved in the tech-transfer process by ensuring that the drug purification process was repeatable. At this internship, I learned a lot about new drug development and cell culture purification!

Summer 2013: I interned at Becton Dickinson (BD) in Sparks, Maryland in the Office of Program Management. At BD, I created and launched a series of online training courses on their product development process, resource management software, and SharePoint 2010. I also documented their design transfer process and was able to identify bottlenecks to make their process even more efficient! 

I interned at BD again over winter break!

Hobbies Outside of School

Outside of school, I'm really involved in Alpha Omega Epsilon, the professional engineering sorority. I have been the president of A.O.E. for the past year and have enjoyed expanding our presence on campus and watching the organization grow. A.O.E. has been a great way for me to expand my network while still having a support system of fellow female engineers. A.O.E. has been an amazing organization and I am so grateful for it and the friends I have made in it during my 4 years here at UMD!


Future Ambitions

After graduation, I will be working for Appian Corporation as an associate consultant. I will be putting together software packages for clients who need to automate their business processes. I have always had an interest in the consulting side of engineering because of my involvement in QUEST, so this is very exciting for me! After working for a few years, I am hoping to go back to school to pursue a Master's degree in engineering once I gain more experience.

Favorite Aspect of Being an Engineer in the Clark School

Everything! This campus has so many opportunities and I am so grateful to have been an engineer in the Clark School. Whether its finding an internship/job or finding an organization to be involved in on campus, I think UMD and the Clark School specifically do a great job of helping students find what they need. Overall, the support system in the engineering school is outstanding and I couldn't have made it through the past four years of engineering without it!

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