Michael Veronesi of Berlin, CT is a Biomedical Engineering major. His academic achievements have earned him a 3.93 GPA and his major engineering projects reveal his ingenuity. These projects include an infant electrocardiogram prototype, which measures fetal heartbeat during the later stages of pregnancy, and a smart lock system—a remote control device that identifies any unlocked doors in a house and locks them with the press of a button.
Michael has interned at Biological Industries Inc. in Cromwell, CT, and at the University of Connecticut’s Health Genetics Department, where, among other duties, he prepared cell media, performed computational analyses of DNA sequencing data, and edited mammalian genes using bacterial genetics.
Michael’s senior project is In Vitro/Ex Vivo Trocar Penetration and Fixation Force Fixture Improvement, which is essentially creating a new testing fixture for Medtronic, a medical technology company, and it will be used to test one of its devices.
On campus, Michael has been a Peer Advisor for three years, mentoring dozens of incoming students, assisting them with the transition to college and being a resource to help them succeed throughout the year. He says this experience has helped him grow as a leader more than any other in his college career. He credits Peer Advising with helping him learn how to communicate effectively with a variety of people, and it has taught him the importance of listening, how to be more confident in himself, and how to be more organized.
Other extracurricular activities have included serving as the Residence Hall Association Fundraising Chair, being an Open House Associate, and being a member of such honor societies as the Tau Beta Pi, Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. In his rare down time Michael is a huge San Francisco 49ers fan, enjoys golf, and watches The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones religiously.
It is through his experience with Gardening in the Community, which involved volunteer work at community gardens in Springfield, that Michael’s life was changed. This innovative program turns vacant lots in the city into small gardens run by different members of the community, allowing residents access to fresh produce and providing safe work opportunities for neighborhood children. He says that the time he spent with Gardening in the Community opened his eyes to what a big difference people can make by working hard to accomplish their goals.
This experience also parallels one of the main reasons Michael chose biomedical engineering as a field to pursue: he enjoys helping people and plans to jump right into just that upon graduation as he hopes to secure a position with a company that designs and produces medical devices.