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Impact Award, Spring 2021

Alison Dewald

Alison Dewald has always been a problem-solver. And with her degree in biomedical engineering, she’ll be using her skills to solve problems and help people around the world. 

She began her journey of helping others through opportunities in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Dewald participated in Engineering Projects in Community Service, served as an undergraduate teaching assistant and ASU 101 section leader, worked as an undergraduate recruitment assistant, inspired prospective students as a Fulton Ambassador and more.

As a Teach for America Ignite Fellow, Dewald spent two terms her senior year tutoring eighth-grade algebra at Western Schools of Science and Technology in Phoenix. She is part of the first implementation of this fellowship that connects undergraduate students nationwide to schools in the Phoenix area and help with virtual education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Being able to help future STEM leaders of America and being a role model for them has been by far one of my most rewarding experiences,” Dewald says.

Dewald was also highly involved in Greek life with sorority Delta Gamma and engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi

“Being involved in Delta Gamma has allowed me to volunteer through many Phoenix organizations throughout the last four years,” she says. “Of them all, my favorite has been volunteering at the Foundation for Blind Children. This organization will forever be near to my heart, especially as I am able to consider applications as a biomedical engineer in the future to help the visually impaired.”

In addition, she conducted biomedical engineering research and worked on an honors thesis as a student in Barrett, The Honors College, with her thesis director, Associate Professor Vincent Pizziconi.

“This project has taught me what it means to be an engineer and about the product development process,” says the New American University Scholar. 

Dewald will continue her education at ASU this fall through the 4+1 accelerated master’s degree program in biomedical engineering.

She aspires to find a career in quality and regulatory affairs in the Food and Drug Administration or as a field clinical engineer at a hospital.

“Through my courses and my engineering management minor at ASU, I have taken great interest in quality and process engineering,” Dewald says. “Though the company and position that I will pursue is yet known, I know that regardless of where I end up, I will be doing something I am really passionate about.”

Read about other exceptional graduates of the Fulton Schools’ Spring 2021 class here.

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