Melissa Tsuboyama is a junior at Duke University majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Chinese and Chemistry. She has been involved in InnoWorks for two years, having served as Recruitment Chair and Operations committee manager. This year she is co-chairperson for one of the modules in the Curriculum committee. Currently, she is a teaching fellow for the Techtronics program created by Dr. Gary Ybarra of the Duke Pratt School of Engineering. This program engages middle school students in science and engineering with the goal of motivating minority and female students to follow a career path in these disciplines. Melissa is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Being fluent in Spanish has motivated Melissa to expand her mentoring efforts in these programs to interacting with Spanish-speaking students, especially those who are struggling with the English language. She and some of her peers have just establishing a Duke chapter for the Society of Hispanic Engineers. Additionally, she has made the Dean�s List from Fall 2004 through Fall 2005.
During the summer of 2005 Melissa studied abroad in China where she took language intensive classes, while this past summer she performed research at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the otorhinolaryngology department. Upon graduation, Melissa hopes to work in a biotechnology company and ultimately attend medical school to become a surgeon.
Class of 2008