Student Spotlight: Brianna Pawlyshyn

Name: Bri Pawlyshyn

Lab: None, but I’m a Learning Assistant for Dr. Mansy (best experience of my 4 years here!)

Hometown: Naples, FL

Research focus: None, but I’m industry bound, and I love the field of orthobiologics

Fun fact: I drive a motorcycle and I think 3D printing is really cool

What motivates you? I am extremely passionate about learning. As an enginerd I get to wake up every day in a field that is always changing and getting to be at the forefront of that motivates me. I also take a lot of pride in my work which is easy to do when you get to be a biomedical engineer working on devices that are helping surgeons treat their patients better.

What attracted you to UF BME? The people. Sure, we’re great academically and we publish a ton of research, but the people here are the fuel to the fire that continues to make BME the best. This really started to hit home with me in junior design with Dr. Nichols as I got to meet fellow BMEs who were even more enthusiastic than me and in instrumentation lab with Dr. Mansy where I got to make a pacemaker that took my actual EKG. These are just a few examples, but when you see the motivation and dedication of faculty members here coupled with drive of the students it is easy to love the UF BME program.

What I love about Gainesville: The people (maybe you notice a theme?). Yes, Gainesville is a beautiful place to be, and I love a good walk at Hawthorne or kayaking at Wauburg, but at the end of the day you can do that in a lot of places and it’s the people that make the place feel like home (I know, clique, but I really mean it).

Motivational Quote: Risk it for the biscuit!

Honors and awards:

  • UF Presidential Scholar
  • Attributes of a Gator Engineer Integrity Award