f BESt - BioEngineering Student Association
~ Our team ~

Shauna Mauceri MECH 2T1

Many students, especially at the undergraduate level do not know a lot about the field of bioengineering, especially the less well-known divisions of it such as “food engineering” or “water treatment”. My goal is to teach undergraduates about the bridge between biology and engineering, and to spark interest in the field. This will hopefully encourage more students to get involved in this field.

Our exec team consists of students from various disciplines. Each of us has our own unique reasons for our fascination with Bioengineering, as well as areas that each of us are particularly interested in. We look forward to an exciting year with Bioengineering and YOU!

Marios Sklavounos MECH 2T0
Vice Chair

I joined BESt to help provide students with bioengineering opportunities-empowering them to explore and achieve- through a wide variety of events. My passion comes particularly into the field of tissue engineering, as I would like to integrate the practice of mechanical engineering to facilitate the development of novel regenerative medicine.

Tianyi Lyu MSE 2T0
VP Media

In my strive for continuous improvement I have eagerly sought for opportunities to showcase my skills and to pass along my knowledge and experience. This is what drove me to this club. Initially a contestant in their/our annual competition in 2017, which I came first place in. I later became VP Marketing and currently I am VP Media. What kept me in this club is that we managed to form actual bonds, resembling that of a community. I enjoy the freedom to experiment with new ideas and the friendly throughout our events.

Emily Pelosi CHEM2T1
VP Finance

I have always been interested in biology and exploring the different units of life. This is why in addition to a BASc in chemical engineering I am also pursuing a minor in bioengineering. I feel like bioengineering is a way for me to apply my engineering knowledge in a way that I can better society.

Sofija Sekulovic CHEM 2T1
VP Webmaster

I think bioengineering is really interesting because it is somewhat related to all the engineering disciplines. I am especially interested in the design of medical devices and biomaterials.

Michaela Bhoorasingh CHEM 2T1
VP Marketing

I have always been interested in the application of biology in engineering. However, I knew very little about the various applications and was not sure which streams I was interested in. I choose the bioengineering minor and completed a bioengineering research internship this past summer, which sparked my interest in biomaterials engineering and tissue engineering.

Cathy Wang CHEM 2T1
VP Marketing

I don’t even know why I love Bio. I just always feel excited when I am learning or working in Bio. I love human biology, especially for cell and molecular biology starting from highschool. After came to U of T, I found how amazing it can be to add engineering ideas in biology. It allows us to turn those biologists’ new research into our life.

Courtney Norman MECH 2T0
VP Marketing

I’ve always been interested in applying engineering concepts to biology but as it is a very broad field and there is so much to learn. Through a bioengineering summer research position and a PEY position at a medical device company, I have learned so much more about the applications of engineering in the biomedical field and I look forward to continually expanding my knowledge.

Humayra Quaid MSE 2T1
VP Business Development

As I have been exposed to the application of engineering to biology, the more interested I become in other fields of bioengineering such as genetic engineering and biomaterials engineering. I wish to work with my fellow executive team members to ensure that any student with an interest in bioengineering is able to find BESt’s events helpful in guiding them in their career or simply just providing them with more information about the field. I hope we will foster a strong sense of community amongst the UofT bioengineers!

Maha Mukhtar ECE 2T2
VP Events

Coming from a family of doctors, the field of medicine had always piqued my interest, and after deciding to pursue engineering, I knew I would eventually want to be involved in something that essentially combined the two fields, which is why I joined the Bioengineering Student Association. Being involved in BESt provides countless opportunities to learn more about the vast field of bioengineering, ranging from its different applications, to potential career paths, while simultaneously providing a platform to spread this knowledge to other undergraduate engineering students.

Aisling Liu ECE 2T1
VP Events

I have always admired those people who are using their intelligence and risking their own lives to save our people's lives. Contributing their time and energy to make a better society. Studying at the ECE department in UofT is providing me the most rapid growth technologies knowledge. Being able to apply ECE technical background onto bioengineering related areas and solve real-life problems is the reason why I joined the club. Looking for bio-area related problems and looking for solutions is also where I can apply my AI-related knowledge to.

BioEngineering Student Association 2020