Aliyah Arunasalam is also currently pursuing a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California.
“The GCSP helped me learn how to apply biomedical engineering to all of my passions. I saw first-hand how biomedical engineering could help me save lives both in fully developed nations and in rural areas where there is little access to healthcare. I learned how being involved in a religious community could help me explain difficult concepts and how seeing a tragic event from both a religious and science perspective helped me relate to more people. On a personal level, I was able to better understand how my body reacts to dance, and even different techniques from physics to improve my dance practice. I think all of these things together are what makes GCSP so impactful: I not only found my particular space in engineering, and how a degree I was invested in applied to other areas of life that were important to me, but I also had to learn how to balance all of the activities required to be a Grand Challenge Scholar, and that has helped me tremendously, both in academia and afterwards.”