From the Lab to the Marketplace with Sonya

Segment #17 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Now introducing Sonya, who’s pursuing an MBA with a concentration in life sciences entrepreneurship. After completing a dual bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society, she decided to pursue graduate studies in the Lally School of Management to bring groundbreaking research from the lab to the marketplace to improve healthcare. Floor is all your, Sonya, take it away.

– Thanks for that introduction, Alex. My journey at RPI begins with a strong passion for engineering and technology. Growing up, I was always fascinated by science fiction and the interface between humans and technology. When I toured RPI as a high schooler, I fell in love with campus and all the opportunities available for students. One of the most important things for you to know about RPI is that there’s this deep geek, niche nerd kind of culture you just can’t find anywhere else. As I pursued undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and design, I realized that while I love the technical aspect of my studies, I was also intrigued by the business side of healthcare and life sciences. That’s what led me to pursue an MBA at the Lally School of Management. I wanted to enhance my engineering background with essential business skills and open up new possibilities for my career. Historically, the rate of translation of groundbreaking research towards novel medical devices, treatments, and protocols has not been optimal. I’m interested in building a career that pushes these ideas and research towards commercialization to improve healthcare. At Lally, I’ve been able to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration, and I have the platform to explore innovative solutions to real-world problems. Through the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, I participated in research funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the commercial potential for my research. I also participated in pitch competitions and attended conferences. The combination of business and technical skills I’ve gained at RPI allows me to approach challenges with a unique perspective. I feel well equipped to take on some of the world’s toughest issues in healthcare. The Lally community has also provided a strong support system that extends beyond the classroom. RPI’s network of fellow students, alumni, and faculty have opened doors for me and provide exciting opportunities and connections within the business world. Back to you, Alex.

– Sonya, it’s exciting to hear you can combine your passion for improving healthcare with your technical and business interests at RPI. At the Lally School of Management, students gain expertise in business analytics, FinTech, and more, and develop their entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Sonya, thank you so much for sharing your story. Absolutely incredible.

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