UConn MSE Senior Selected as SOE Student Commencement Speaker

Undergraduate teaching assistant Riley Blumenfield preparing steel samples for class

By Ben Crnic

We are very proud to announce that one of our students, Riley Blumenfield, has been selected by the School of Engineering to be the Student Commencement Speaker for the virtual ceremony in May. Blumenfield is an Honors Program STEM Scholar and served as the president for the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho. She has also been involved in research on regenerating human limbs with MSE professor Cato Laurencin. In her sophomore summer, she interned at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, where she worked with polymer nanocomposites.

Professor Fiona Leek, who has managed MSE undergrad labs and lab classes since October, said, “Riley TAed with us for all 3 of the last semesters.  She has been a truly invaluable  resource for me and many of the students and projects in the labs.  She shared insight on the current classes from both a student and TA perspective and we’ve had great fun bouncing ideas around for possible future labs. I will definitely miss her next year.”

In the future, Blumenfield hopes to continue her research in regenerative engineering. Congratulations Riley!

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