Delegate of the Week

Kristopher Odiete      
Florida International University

Since he was young, Kristopher Odiete has had a creative passion and a fascination with technology. After graduating from Miami Dade College with an Associate of Arts in 2015, he enrolled at Florida International University (FIU), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in May of 2019. Motivated by the thought of bringing his ideas to life, he notes, “I wanted to pursue a STEM career due to my childhood interest in how the devices we use function and what can be done to improve them.” Having completed his bachelor's degree, Kristopher plans to attend Meharry Medical College in June of 2020.

A talented researcher, Kristopher quickly distinguished himself at FIU. At the university, he was able to conduct research in a multitude of labs and topic areas, including circuitry, cell biology, biochemistry, and microfluidics. In 2018, he began a research project in which he helped design connections for a wearable drug injector using 3D modeling software. Kristopher would later present his findings at the 2019 FIU Senior Design Expo, where he placed third for his presentation poster. Furthermore, he presented at the 2019 FIU Conference for Undergraduate Research, this time detailing his microfluidics research. At the event, he showcased developments in technology that could be used to track and analyze the number of cancer cells in a patient’s body.

Kristopher explains how attending these events impacted him, “I was able to learn about the research put forward by other students from underrepresented communities, and from other engineering fields… This taught me that people from different walks of life bring value regarding contributing to the advancement of STEM fields.”

Looking to engage a younger generation of minority students in STEM, Kristopher volunteered as a College Captain at the Plantation High School Viva Technology Program in 2019 conducted by Great Minds in STEM. At the event, he served as a mentor and guide during the STEM-based activities and competitions. This role also allowed Kristopher to become more familiar with GMiS, and led to his participation as a Delegate at the 2019 Conference in Buena Vista, Florida.

Kristopher’s desire to help others has also inspired him to volunteer with organizations such as Homestead Soup Kitchen, Smile Trust Hurricane Dorian Relief, and Feeding South Florida. Furthermore, he has combined his humanitarian efforts with his academic work by volunteering at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the FIU Health and Wellness Center.

Now working as a Telescribe at Scribe America, Kristopher continues to set himself apart as a leader and a role model. Through his amazing contributions to the STEM community, he has helped inspire a younger generation of students to follow their dreams and pursue STEM careers. Great Minds eagerly awaits Kristopher’s future achievements as a medical student and proudly recognizes him as Delegate of the Week.

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