Enhancing the Student Experience
As president of the Student Government Association (SGA) on the New York City campus, Lillian Pratt hopes to make the student experience the best it can be. The life sciences – biomedical engineering major also has her sights on attending medical school. Ultimately, she would like to pursue a career as an orthopedist or OB/GYN. Pratt spoke to The Box about her new SGA role and why she decided to come to New York Tech.
Why did you choose New York Tech?
New York Tech stuck out to me because of its location, size, and academic programs. Growing up in the suburbs, New York City has always been a dream for me, and college was the place for this dream to become a reality. I also was drawn to New York Tech for its diversity. New York Tech is small enough for everyone to really get to know each other and our professors. This has led me to significant opportunities. Finally, my first priority when looking at schools was to find one with biomedical engineering, and New York Tech does.
Can you talk about some of the projects you are working on?
I worked closely with Dr. Reza Amineh and three other undergraduate students since Fall 2020 on a research project. We have been studying the use of split-ring resonators to detect DNA hybridization, which is the formation of a double stranded DNA helix from two single stranded DNAs. When hybridization occurs, you can match a patient’s DNA with an already identified DNA strand to detect certain diseases. For example, if you have a single stranded DNA that has a mutation that causes some sort of disease, and the patient's DNA hybridizes, you can diagnose the patient.
The goal of this project is to establish a new methodology for detecting DNA hybridization to be used in clinical settings, like detecting different diseases or viruses.
Over the summer, I worked with Dr. Sophia Domokos and Professor Robert Bell, and two other students on a project focused on holographic duality. We are working on understanding how the masses of particles change as the geometry of dimensions in string theory changes.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of having the honor to serve as SGA president. I look forward to working with my future executive board to continue to make the student experience the best that it can be.
Why did you join the SGA and what are some of things you have or would like to accomplish?
I want to help student organizations reach as many students as possible. I was the vice president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and this gave me the opportunity to understand what SGA does and how I could be beneficial. I joined because I wanted to better the communication between the student body and the faculty and give the students a way for their voices to be heard.
Since being a part of SGA, I have focused on connecting students and faculty, as well as allowing more students to voice their opinions. This past semester, I worked with the other executive board members to open our student senate to college representatives. We did this to broaden the range of the student senate by creating opportunities for more student populations to be represented. I am excited to continue working with the faculty and SGA this coming semester.