Sravani Kondapavulur

Class of 2015
Bioengineering

Why did you choose Berkeley Engineering?

I chose Berkeley not only because of the prestige, but because of the campus itself. There is an interesting undercurrent running through and around campus that gives you the energy to not only survive engineering classes, but also learn about the reality of the world we live in.

What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering?

Sravani KondapavulurSravani Kondapavulur (Photo by Preston Davis)I am reminded every day of how supportive the engineering community is here. From the moment I first stepped onto campus as part of the Pre-Engineering Program to attending the LeaderShape institute, the college helped me stay grounded in a school with 25,000 undergraduates. In addition to the standard advising and tutoring, the wealth of support and communication that goes between the staff and students/student groups is incredible, a true community atmosphere.

What are you working on?

I have worked on fabricating microfluidic devices for molecular diagnostics use in Professor Luke Lee’s BioPOETS Lab. In the most recent project, I collaborated with other undergraduates to design a diagnostic device to detect lung cancer using only a pinprick of blood; the device can be plugged into an iPhone to analyze results.

What else do you do?

In addition to pursuing a dance and performance studies minor, I served as the professional development co-chair for the Bioengineering Honor Society and social chair for the Society of Women Engineers. I am also treasurer for the Cal Figure Skating Team, for which I compete nationally at the senior level.

What are you passionate about?

I am really interested in the overlap between medicine and engineering, to create a means for everyone in the world to have access to accurate and affordable healthcare. Through pursuing a degree in bioengineering, I feel like I can comprehend these two worlds much better in order to seek an integrated solution to widespread problems, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and more.

What are your future plans?

I would love to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program in bioengineering. I would like to serve as a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, and explore where new technologies from engineering could apply to the practice of medicine, making it more affordable and streamlined. However, I have also interned at biomedical technology companies for the past few summers, and I am continuing to explore what that path has to offer, especially in R&D.

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