As a young girl, Sydney Floryanzia was forced to attend an engineering camp one summer. There, she was introduced to the field of neuro-engineering, which ultimately skyrocketed her into a career that she is incredibly passionate about today! Sydney is a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellow and a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering at the University of Washington. She has a published research article, an inventorship on a patent, and she is currently investigating the blood-brain barrier, drug delivery to the brain, and therapy for various brain diseases. She’s also an advocate for diversity in science and she is passionate about being a science communicator for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In this episode, Sydney offers some insight into her experience as a ‘Princess with Power Tools’, how she came to put unlike things together to find her true passion in the neuro-engineering field, and the exciting accomplishments she has made along the way. Don’t miss this thought-provoking conversation with a woman in STEM who proves that that femininity and engineering are not mutually exclusive! Listen in today!
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Chemical engineering applications to neuroscience is the broad focus of Sydney’s doctoral research at the UW. Reverse Engineering the Brain – one of the National Academy of Engineering’s 14 Grand Challenges of the 21st Century – has been Sydney’s research goal stretching back to her middle school days after learning about how music and the brain could be linked. Her research goals today include investigating the blood-brain barrier, fluid flow in the brain, and neurodegenerative diseases. Sydney is also an emerging Science Communicator and advocates for diversity in STEM. She has shared her experiences as a black woman in engineering in a TEDxTeen talk, a Chevron Superbowl Commercial, news articles, and podcasts. In the future, Sydney plans to work in the biopharmaceutical industry in commercialization and pilot lab scale-up. In addition to being a GEM Fellow in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Sydney is also an NSF GRFP fellow and ARCS Foundation Scholar.