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Hadiatou Barry '15/L'17 Applies Her Engineering Expertise To Law

By Edelinda Baptista '20 THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM WNE100

Hadiatou Barry, from Harlem, New York, took full advantage of her time at Western New England University: in 2015, she graduated as a Biomedical Engineer, and in 2017, she became a graduate of the School of Law. From athletics to engineering clubs to law associations, Barry proved to be a well-rounded, engaged individual.

As someone who's always been interested in medicine and science, Barry thought that becoming a biomedical engineer would satisfy both of these interests. She believed applying for law school would have a similar effect and further her expertise on engineering. “As for law, I saw that as a unique way to expand my engineering knowledge…[to] learn about intellectual property and health law. The other side of the coin that your everyday engineer didn't think about, but [that] mattered just as much,” stated Barry.

Western New England’s eye-catching brochures that Barry received as a high school senior navigating the college admissions process definitely drew her to look more closely at the school. Once she paid a visit to the University to get the lay of the land, it was the attractive, scenic campus that prompted her to make her final choice.

Barry was involved in multiple clubs and organizations on campus during her time as a student, including the National Society of Black Engineers, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Black Law Students Association, Federal Bar Association, and Health Law Association.

Through these extra-curricular activities, in class and being on the cross country team, Barry found special friends and mentors to help propel her along her journey. “Definitely my teammates and coaches on the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams [were special to me]…also, my engineering and law professors, and classmates,” she stated.

During future Homecoming weekends, Barry will support and cheer for her former cross country team, as she remembers the days when she was in their sneakers, running the same trail.