Ileana Pirozzi, from Colleferro (Roma), Italy, is pursuing a PhD in bioengineering at Stanford School of Engineering. At Brown University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. Ileana was a research intern at the NASA Ames Research Center and at the Tripathi Biomedical Engineering Lab at Brown. She was elected president of the Rhode Island Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honors society. Additionally, she was named a Vincent and Ruby DiMase Research Fellow at Brown’s School of Engineering and was a recipient of the K.T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award.