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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, Computing 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

Kennedy MaddenKennedy Madden (Lead Ambassador)
Senior, B.S. 2024
Hometown: Simpson, SC

Hi! My name is Kennedy Madden and I’m a Senior Bioengineering student with a Biomaterials concentration and minors in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. After graduating, I plan to attend PA school and pursue a certification and career as a PA, and am interested in going into Labor and Delivery. This past year, I worked as a Patient Care Technician in the hospital and shadowed PAs in multiple different units. I also have experiences interning in a Pediatric doctors office and in an Advanced Emergency Urgent Care, and volunteer weekly at the Children’s Hospital. At Clemson, I enjoy being very involved in various organizations including a creative inquiry project working with the H19 genome in Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and I’m a member in Zeta Tau Alpha, Order of Omega, FCA, and Clemson’s Pre PA club!

Zoe DinkelZoe Dinkel
Senior, B.S. 2024
Hometown: Simpsonville, SC

Hi! My name is Zoë Dinkel and I am a senior Bioengineering major with minors in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. While attending Clemson, I have been able to serve as an undergraduate teaching assistant for general engineering students and participate in a variety of undergraduate research projects. The focus of my current research is to investigate racial disparities in triple-negative breast cancer by examining protein expression and characterizing collagen patterns. I had the opportunity to further this research this past summer and have plans to pursue this project throughout graduate school. Outside of the classroom, I am involved in Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Clemson Bioengineering Organization, FCA, intramural sports, Clemson Life, and Kappa Delta sorority.

Grant SutherlandGrant Sutherland
Senior, B.S. 2024
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

What's up everyone! My name is Grant Sutherland and I am a junior Bioengineering major with a minor in Business Administration. As a student here, I have taken advantage of our university's stellar Creative Inquiry programs by joining a research project within the Orthotics and Prosthetics realm. After I graduate, I plan to continue my studies at an O&P Practitioner Program with hopes to work in prosthetics. Other organizations I am involved in include the Clemson Bioengineering Organization, Clemson Club Soccer, and Order of Omega Honor Society. I am also a student within our Honors College, a Clemson University tour guide and involved in Greek life. Some other interests of mine include hiking, golfing, and playing spikeball on Bowman field with my friends!

Marisa SaulsMarisa Sauls
Senior, B.S. 2024
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Howdy! My name is Marisa Sauls and I am a Senior Bioengineering major with my concentration in Biomaterials. After I graduate in Spring 2024, I plan to pursue a Masters of Bioengineering at Clemson. Over the past 3 years, I have had the privilege of being involved with great organizations such as Club Field Hockey, Greek life, Clemson Bioengineering Organization and Bioengineering Student Advisory Council. I have grown into being a leader within Clemson Bioengineering as I hold the position of Social Media chair for CBO and currently serve as VP of Service and Outreach for BIOE Student Advisory Council. I have been lucky enough to get involved with cutting edge, on campus research via my Creative Inquiry, led by Dr. Jeremy Mercuri. My favorite opportunity I have gotten as a student in Bioengineering is going on a faculty-led study abroad trip to Pamplona, Spain.

Justin FurgalaJustin Furgala
Junior, B.S. 2025
Hometown: Greenville, SC

I'm Justin Furgala, a junior in the Honors College majoring in Bioengineering with minors in French and Materials Science & Engineering. On a pre-medical path, I'm getting ready to apply for MD-PhD programs after an amazing REU experience at Johns Hopkins University this past summer. My journey at Clemson has been marked by diverse engagement through impactful drug delivery research, tutoring at the ASC for over 4 semesters, and volunteering at the Honors College and Paw Pantry for food security. I'm currently involved with many organizations like Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and proudly serve as a pre-health ambassador. Beyond academics, I'm an avid chess player, golfer, and Clemson football enthusiast. This year, I'm thrilled to embrace the role of Bioengineering Ambassador and share my passion for bioengineering and medicine!

Emma VoldingEmma Volding
Junior, B.S. 2025
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Hello! My name is Emma Volding, and I am a junior Bioengineering student with a concentration in Biomaterials and a minor in Material Science and Engineering. I am also a member and recruiter for the College of Business’ Sales Innovation Program in which I am working on completing my Orthopedic Medical Device Product Specialist Certificate. I have also had the privilege to participate in the Creative Inquiry Program involving orthopaedic implant retrieval research with Dr. Melinda Harman. Over the past 3 years I have been a member of the Clemson Honors College and the Pi Epsilon chapter of Delta Zeta.

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