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Kellen Knowles

Kellen Knowles

Purdue School of Engineering & Technology
February 2009

When Kellen Knowles arrived at IUPUI from his homeland in Jamaica, he was determined to make the most of his experience.

He has exceeded that goal - by far!

Kellen, one of IUPUI's "Top 100 Students" last spring and a senior in biomedical engineering program in the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, has been many things: an award-winning student in a challenging career track; a mentor for fellow IUPUI students and prospective college students; and an undergraduate researcher. He's even been a student model, representing the campus in IUPUI billboards, information and recruiting materials and web sites.

His exceptional academic record and his easy smile have even been noticed nationally; he was chosen by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) to serve as one of the featured students in a photo shoot promoting the organization's new "Engineering, Go For It" publication.

Kellen is one of IUPUI's talented Bepko Scholars and has been a regular on the dean's list throughout his IUPUI career. He has eagerly made the most of the opportunity to be an undergraduate researcher, working with Dr. Jack Windsor of the IU School of Dentistry to learn the field of scientific inquiry.

And coming from a program that blends two of IUPUI's major schools - medicine and engineering - he has taken full advantage of the interdisciplinary partnerships that have become an IUPUI hallmark. Such innovative programs are creating new career options for students like Kellen, while making an impact on real-world challenges, as well.

To the native of Jamaica, the credit for his track record of success goes to one source: his religious faith, which drives him to make the most of the skills he has nurtured throughout his academic career.