Lauren Rasor

Who are you?

Name: Lauren Rasor

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minors/Certificates: Math

Year: Junior

Hometown: Palatine, IL

 What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming freshman?

Try new things! It’s okay to be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, but do it anyway; it’s a surefire way to make the most of your college experience.

 What organizations outside the college of engineering do you belong to?

In addition to my engineering student organizations, I am a member of CHAARG, which is an organization committed to promoting health of mind and body among college-aged women.

 Have you had any international experience? If so, where did you go, for how long, and what did you do?

I have not had any international experience with studying abroad, but I would like to before I graduate!

 How are you an "engineer ... and something more"?

I am an engineer and something more in that I am really passionate about making this world a healthier and more compassionate place through community outreach events and programs.

 Have you done research with a professor? If so, what department was the professor in and what was your research about?

I did research with a lab in the Department of Human Health and Physiology; we studied the relationship between the sympathetic nervous system and cardiovascular activity.

 Is there something else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

The summer after my sophomore year, I began an internship through a company that works closely with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and I have been able to continue this internship into the school year because UIHC is so close by. Having a world-renowned hospital system with amazing student opportunities right in our backyard is truly something you don’t find everywhere!

What is your favorite part about being a student at The University of Iowa?

My favorite part about being a student here is the atmosphere. From the moment I stepped on campus, Iowa City felt like home, and I know the friends I’ve made and experiences I’ve had will last a lifetime!

 Who is your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor is Dr. Dillard; his passion for knowledge is contagious and he really shows his students how fun and exciting engineering is!

 What has been your favorite course?

My favorite course is Biomaterials and Biomechanics, in which I had – surprise - Dr. Dillard as a professor!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time at The University of Iowa?

I really enjoy exercising in my free time, it’s a great way to relax and have fun! Mental and physical health are important, definitely keep both a priority in college!