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Emily Buckner

Emily Buckner

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Company: Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Graduation Year: 2024
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I have had a variety of internships in both research and industry. In the summer of 2022, I worked jointly between UT's Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where I gained my first research experience developing nanocomposites for biomedical applications. Then, in the fall of 2022 I completed my first industry internship with Fresenius Medical Care (FMC). As an intern in the Global Research & Development group, I tested prototype pharmaceutical products, components, and packaging, authored engineering SOPs, and drafted technical reports for regulatory documentation. In the summer of 2023, I continued pursuing my interest in research as a summer intern in the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) REU program. Through this program, I joined the Dong Lab where I explored the design, fabrication, and control of soft robotics for minimally invasive medical operations.

These internships have provided me with new learning experiences and opportunities. While I am majoring in mechanical engineering, I have explored different fields through research and industry and discovered exciting possibilities for career paths after graduation. One of the most important takeaways from my college experience is to not be afraid to try something new. I used to hesitate at the idea of not knowing how to do something, but with these internships, I've learned to leap at the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in new fields. Academically, the interdisciplinary aspect of these experiences has allowed me to truly understand the intersection of various engineering disciplines and how coursework can relate to my future career. If you are hesitant about taking an internship or co-op offer, take a chance and try something new! You never know when you are going to discover a new passion, or at the very least, you can gain valuable experience while narrowing down your interests.

Outside of classes and work, I love to hike, play soccer, explore new places, and hang out with my friends!

Emily Buckner

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