Nicole Black

Nicole Black

WISTEM Mentor Program Coordinator, Harvard College Women's Program
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Nicole is from near Detroit, Michigan where she first became interested in engineering when she joined her high school's FIRST robotics team. She graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University.

She also spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Sydney and participated in in undergraduate research programs at Vanderbilt University and Columbia University. Following her undergraduate studies, Nicole worked as an intern for PixarBio, a start-up company based in Somerville, developing materials for an anti-epileptic drug releasing implant.

Nicole is currently pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering through the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is also a student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) minor program. Her research focuses on utilizing 3D printing of novel biodegradable elastomeric inks to mimic tissue architecture. Specially, she is investigating how to recapitulate the acoustic and mechanical properties of the human tympanic membrane, also known as the eardrum, following grafting in collaboration with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has also mentored four undergraduate and high school students in completing their own independent research projects. 

Nicole has been involved in multiple STEM outreach opportunities, including BU's Technology Innovation Scholars program where she led presentations on engineering to local K-12 students and mentored a FIRST robotics team. She also served as a Peer Leader on the Women in Science and Engineering floor and as a College of Engineering Student Advisor. Nicole is an executive board member of the Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE) organization and enjoys leading 3D printing camps and demonstrations for local students. In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, kayaking, bicycling, exploring Boston, and spending time with her nephew.

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