Charmaine Nieves

Senior in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Electrical Engineering
Intends to pursue a graduate degree in Bioengineering/Electrical Engineering
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholar, Dean’s list, James Scholar

Charmaine has an outstanding academic record and is consistently on the Dean’s List since her first year at UIUC. She has done several research projects at this stage of her academic career. One of her first projects was GIBuddy through Illinois Medical Advancements through Design and Engineering (i-MADE). Charmaine assisted with the circuit design elements for a device that detects bacterial growth in the small intestine. She also worked on a project involving the assembly of 3D printed fingers for robotic hands for American Sign Language. As a member in the Golecki Research Group, Charmaine has designed a low-cost prosthetic hand using soft robotics, primarily focused on the circuit design for hand motors and EMG sensor. Charmaine acknowledges her need to be aware of changing needs as she develops as a researcher. She is excited to apply and learn more about designing circuits and devices. This fall, her project as a Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar is on the development of a soft robotic cardiac pacing device.

Charmaine has a strong focus on community impact and takes time to take on leadership roles in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers SHPE). She has led SHPE projects to showcase in Engineering Open House and served as the technical co-chair which included coordinating and supervising events such as the Midwestern Robotics Design Competition and the Python Coding Workshop.

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