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Leah Gutzwiller

Leah Gutzwiller

  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Hometown: Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • E-mail: lgutzwil@vols.utk.edu

Ambassador Profile

Hi future Vols! 

My name is Leah Gutzwiller (she/her) and I am a Junior Biomedical Engineering major in the Tickle College of Engineering. I am from Liberty Township, Ohio which is about 25 minutes North of Cincinnati. University of Tennessee was the school I toured the most and after applying to 11 schools, ultimately fell in love with. Some of the main highlights I enjoy include: being far from home, but not too far, the honors and honors engineering programs I'm in at UTK, and the biomedical engineering faculty and staff. 

I have wanted to be a biomedical engineer since 7th grade and the Tickle College of Engineering has helped me shape that career path. I used to think I was more interested in prosthetic design, but after starting class, talking with my engineering advisor, and biomedical engineering faculty, I realized my true passion lies in research and design on a cellular scale. Whether this will take me on a path toward being a faculty member at a University or working in the medical industry I am not sure yet, but I know for sure that my engineering advisor and faculty mentors are here to guide me in every step I take. 

One major step in making my interest in research and design a reality was doing an internship in summer of 2021 that was focused on undergraduate research. The internship was funded by the National Science Foundation and was called BME CUReS Cancer REU. The 10 week internship at University of Texas, Austin paired me with two faculty members and two graduate students to do cancer research with, write and publish a abstract, and present a poster version of that abstract at the National Biomedical Engineering Conference in the fall. I am currently waiting to hear if my abstract was accepted and I am looking forward to the chance to present my work in Orlando in October.

UTK has also given me the opportunity to recognize my interests in engineering and beyond. I am heavily involved with the Tickle College of Engineering through Engineering Ambassadors, the Grand Challenge Honors Program, Biomedical Engineering Society, in which I am the secretary, and Society of Women Engineers, in which I am the alumni chair and a mentor through the SWEeties program. I am grateful that the college offers so many programs for me to stay involved outside of class time. I also have benefited from University programming such as the Haslam Scholars Program, Honors and Scholars Ambassadors, SGA Student Senate, of which I am the Chair, the Chancellor's Commission for Women, and Leadership Knoxville Scholars. These programs and activities help me to be a well-rounded engineer by giving me the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary classes, volunteering, global learning, and social justice initiatives. All of these organizations have given me valuable professional resources as well as relationships that have truly defined my time at UTK. I would recommend becoming involved whether in the Tickle College of Engineering, on UTK's campus, or in the greater Knoxville community. 

While I love being an engineering student and I take pride in all of my involvement on campus, I always benefit from taking a break from the craziness of campus life. I like taking time to explore new parts of Knoxville, go to a game in Neyland, and play intramurals with my friends. 

I am so excited for you wherever you are in your college journey! Coming to Rocky Top has been so impactful for me and is one of the best decisions of my life. I can't wait to welcome you to this "home, sweet home" in Knoxville! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions about the college, University, city, or myself! I wish you luck and peace in your college decision making process and GO BIG ORANGE!

Leah Gutzwiller


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