Today, students from the UNC and NC State Biomedical Engineering class of 2018 will cross the stage and receive their diplomas after 4 (or 5 or more) years of very hard work.
Over the past 12 years, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of welcoming these bright minds into a lab and taking a journey with them through a process of innovation.
In 2007, the class decided to celebrate the year of hard work with a symposium. Since that time, pioneers of the program (the students) have transformed the symposium from a small crowd at MCNC to standing room only at the NC Biotech Center, to it’s current format, renting out the Durham Convention Center. These students have transformed the class from academic projects to startup companies.
Last week, at the 12th annual symposium, I was honored to give the closing remarks. Fittingly, it started with failure: (pro tip … never use the term “pro tip”)
The talk was a play on Star Wars: Lifelong Learners that choose to study Biomedical Engineering have the most innovative minds in the galaxy
It was graciously recorded by one of the students and I’m humbled to present it here today on this graduation day. Congratulations to the class of 2018!!!
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