Meet Brianna Roux, young scientist, college student, and amateur knitter. Brianna uses iDoneThis to track school projects, check-in on her knitting progress, and advance medical science.
I am currently a senior Biomedical Engineering major at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a minor in biochemistry/molecular biology. After I graduate, I plan to continue my education and get a Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering. I also work at Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline, which is a free service for students in grades 6-12 to call in and get math and science homework help. In my free time, I enjoy knitting and woodturning.
Location: Collinsville, IL
How do you use iDoneThis?
I use iDoneThis to track my progress on my school projects, homework assignments, and school-related activities. I also use it to track progress on my knitting projects and what I’ve made on the lathe, and pretty much anything else. It’s a really great way to take a couple of minutes to reflect on what I’ve accomplished today, both small and large, and think about what I have left to do in the days ahead. The email format is quick and easy to use, which is especially important while I’m busy at school – I don’t have to remember to go to a website.
You have an awesome 100-day long streak (and running) on iDoneThis. What stuff have you gotten done during your streak?
The last ten weeks of school, I was working on my Junior Design project with a classmate. We designed a device to allow our client (a paraplegic woman) to be able to play the pedals of a piano again without interrupting her normal piano playing. There was no building involved, but there were several large milestones (including a 58-page Preliminary Design Document), and it felt great to be able to type in that I completed it in iDoneThis. I’ve also done several other school and knitting projects, and I’m currently finding it useful to list the progress I’ve made in my summer research to glance at before my weekly meetings.
You’re doing a research program for college undergraduates this summer. Tell us about your research and areas of interest.
This summer I am working at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Biomedical Engineering Summer Research Program. My research is focused on testing artificial heart valves (particularly those designed for children) in a left heart simulator and analyzing their fatigue profile. I’m interested in several areas of biomedical engineering research, especially the improvement of artificial heart valves, but also tissue engineering and orthopedic implants. I’m hoping to do a tissue engineering based research project in graduate school, but my interests seem to widen after every elective class I take.