Delegate of the Week

Miroslava Gonzalez      
University of Houston

From a young age, Miroslava Gonzalez has recognized the paramount importance of technological advancements in the field of medicine. At the age of eight, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which she learned to manage with the help of healthcare professionals and the everyday use of medical devices. She explains, “Seeing and experiencing first-hand the positive impact of such technology, I knew that I wanted to dedicate myself to bringing that same positive impact to others.” Motivated to pursue a STEM career, Miroslava enrolled at the University of Houston (UH), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in May of 2019.

During her time at UH, Miroslava established herself as a student leader by serving as Community Outreach Chair for her school’s SHPE chapter. In this position, she organized local outreach events which led the group to receive recognition from the University of Houston Engineering Alumni Association. She became further involved when she began assisting instructors as a Grader for the Department of Mathematics, providing test scores and helpful feedback for thousands of students.

In the field of Biomedical Engineering, Miroslava demonstrated her research talents in a variety of classroom and laboratory settings. While taking a computing course, she developed a program that could provide more accurate and in-depth analyses of Electrocardiogram (ECG) signals. Similarly, she worked in the school’s Quantitative Physiology Laboratory to collect data from heart monitoring procedures, which she would later use to create graphs and analysis reports. In the university’s Bioinstrumentation Laboratory, Miroslava produced circuits for the use of recording and transmitting physiological data in test subjects. For her design courses, she constructed a wearable biosensor to monitor kidney function in transplant patients and those with kidney disease.

An outstanding student in her academic field, Miroslava hopes to inspire others who wish to pursue STEM careers. She discovered Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) through her outreach efforts when she served as the campus liaison for the Shell STEM Showdown event at UH. Miroslava assisted with securing student volunteers and coordinating access to the campus facilities. She was selected to serve as a Delegate at the 2019 GMiS Conference, where she had the opportunity to further develop as a leader. She notes, “I gained knowledge and skills that I recognize as being essential to my future success in the professional world through my involvement with GMiS.”

Great Minds in STEM looks forward to Miroslava’s future accomplishments as she continues to pursue her interests in bringing new technologies to the field of medicine. For her hard work, dedication, and important contributions to the STEM community, GMiS proudly recognizes Miroslava as Delegate of the Week.

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