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Bioengineering Ambassadors

The Ambassador Team is a selection of the friendliest, most involved students in the Bioengineering Department. These individuals lead and host tours for prospective students and their families by working with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In addition to hosting tours, they attend various functions to promote Bioengineering, from CECAS recruiting events to educational programs.

Ambassadors have an abundance of Bioengineering experience including research with Clemson faculty, participation in study abroad programs, and experience in industry internships and co-ops. On top of their involvement in the Bioengineering department, our team partakes in Greek life, club athletic teams, and other academic and social organizations.

Our Ambassadors are passionate about Clemson Bioengineering and are experts on the program. They would love to share information with you!

Meet the Team

Ashley Babinchak Ashley Babinchak (Lead Ambassador)
Senior, B.S. 2022
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
aababin@clemson.edu

Hi! My name is Ashley Babinchak and I am a current senior in Bioengineering with a minor in Business Administration. I am also a member of the Sales Innovation Program (within The Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business). Through this program, I will complete the Orthopedic Medical Device Product Specialist Certificate (in partnership with Arthrex) before I graduate and enter the medical device industry. At Clemson, I’ve participated in many research experiences ranging from synthesizing crystals, 3D-printing, radiation, and I even spent the summer after my freshman year at a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Nebraska researching a way to use gene therapy and stem cells to treat Alzheimer’s Disease. This past summer, I interned with Arthrex at their Corporate Headquarters in Naples, Florida as their Sterilization and Biosafety Intern. Outside of the classroom, I am a front desk worker for the Honors College, on the Student Advisory Council for the Department of Bioengineering and involved with Greek life!


Lauren Davis Lauren Davis
Senior, B.S. 2022
Hometown: Lakeville, MN
led3@clemson.edu

Hi! My name is Lauren Davis and I am a senior Bioengineering major with a Biomaterials concentration. While studying at Clemson I have led and participated in numerous research projects including failure analysis of hip and knee explants, development of a standard training protocol and repository database, mechanical testing of polymeric surgical mesh used in hernia and pelvic floor surgeries, and cardiac tissue engineering. In summer 2019, I worked with Medtronic in their Cardiovascular Group to develop biocompatible materials and perform validation testing for various products. After graduating, I intend on pursuing an advanced degree before beginning my career in the medical device industry. Outside of the lab, I enjoy hosting STEM outreach events, playing in Tiger Band, and serving as academic chair for a professional greek organization!


Alex TedeschiAlex Tedeschi
Senior, B.S. 2022
Hometown: Dallas, TX
antedes@clemson.edu

Hi, my name is Alex Tedeschi! I am a senior BioE student enrolled in the Sales Innovation Program through the business college and I am working towards completing Orthopedic Medical Device Product Specialist Certificate. Within BioE I enjoy being an ambassador, member of the Bioengineering Student Advisory Council, and conducting departmental honors research with a focus on designing medical technology for the developing world. This past summer I interned with Medtronic as an ACE Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure Specialist Intern. My other interests include Greek life and being a fitness instructor!


Sophia HennessySophia Hennessy
Senior, B.S. 2022
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
schenne@clemson.edu

Hi! My name is Sophia Hennessy and I am currently a senior in Bioengineering with a minor in Spanish Studies. At Clemson, I have participated in several research opportunities ranging from designing medical devices for low resource settings, to working with nanofibers for drug delivery, to observing protein production from cells. During the summer before my senior year, I interned within the medical products division of W. L. Gore & Associates. Outside of the classroom, I serve as the president of the Clemson University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, I am the secretary of the Clemson Bioengineering Organization, I have been a part of Clemson Undergraduate Student Government, and I am involved with Greek life! Currently, I am a part of the Bachelors's to master's program and I plan to finish my master's degree in the Spring of 2023. I hope to use my past experiences to continue my career as an engineer in the medical device field when I graduate.


Katie Wright Katie Wright
Senior, B.S. 2022
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
kjw3@clemson.edu

My name is Katie Wright and I am a Senior Bioengineering major with a concentration in Biomaterials. I am involved in the BioE Student Advisory Council, Delta Zeta Sorority, F45, and the Design with Docs Creative Inquiry, where we collaborate with clinicians to design medical devices. I have interned at the Applied Research Center in Aiken, SC (associated with Savannah River Nuclear Site) researching bio-coatings on microspheres for drug delivery. After graduation, I plan to pursue my Master's in Biomedical Engineering!


Riley BryarsRiley Bryars
Junior, B.S. 2023
Hometown: Austin, TX
rbryars@g.clemson.edu

Hi! My name is Riley Bryars and I am a junior BioE student with minors in Chemistry and Business Administration. I have been involved in the Clemson Honors College and through Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program, I have had the opportunity to participate in research relating to drug delivery. I am also a member of the Clemson Bioengineering Organization, which involves both undergraduate and graduate students. Outside of the Bioengineering department, I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers, the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, and Greek Life!


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