Hi! My name is Sope Eweje. I'm a junior at MIT from Jacksonville, NC majoring in Mechanical Engineering and concentrating in Biomedical Engineering (course 2A), with minors in Biology and Chemistry. I plan on attending medical school after graduation. My career ambition is to utilize engineering principles and medical expertise in developing innovative devices, systems, and processes that can improve the quality of patient care and the efficacy of health care delivery in various settings. Outside of class, I love anything sports, especially basketball, listening to music, and keeping up with current events (from the serious to the comical). Thanks for visiting my webpage and please feel free to contact me!
2.001 - Mechanics and Materials I
2.05/2.051 - Thermodynamics/Heat Transfer
2.03/2.004 - Dynamics and Controls I/II
2.086 - Numerical Computation for Mechanical Engineers
2.678 - Electronics for Mech E
2.007 - Design and Manufacturing I
2.98 - Sports Technology: Engineering and Innovation
HST.S47 - Construction Sets for Health: Affordable Health Care Solutions
7.02 - Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication
7.03 - Genetics
7.20 - Human Physiology
5.12/5.13 - Organic Chemistry I/II
7.05 - General Biochemistry
The GI Drug Delivery subgroup of the Langer Lab, based at the Koch Institute at MIT, is focused on developing novel electromechanical and polymer-based systems to efficiently deliver drugs via the gastrointestinal tract. The devices deliver drugs targeted towards HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and a number of other diseases, and could potentially provide a simpler, more effective ways for chronically-ill patients to take their medications. My role in the lab requires designing, testing, and implementing electromechanical systems that supplement a large dose drug delivery device. While I cannot yet publicly comment on the details of my projects, my experiences in the Langer Lab have given me an opportunity to apply mechanical design principles in a biomedical setting, learn about various materials used in implantable devices, and gain a better understanding of how clinical medicine intersects with research in engineering.
My freshman year at MIT, I worked as a "maker fellow" in the International Design Center (IDC), a collaboration between MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) that shared knowledge and resources between the two schools. My role in the IDC through the semester involved preparing materials, compiling engineering design learning resources, and readying a machine shop space for a summer program that brought SUTD students to MIT to learn engineering design principles through boat building. During the summer, I worked as a TA for this program, providing advice and supervision as the groups designed, fabricated, and tested their boats. The position gave me exposure to various fabrication techniques, design tools, and aspects of engineered vehicles, including CNC routing, Solidworks, and control of high-power motorized systems. Teaching these tools and techniques served as reinforcement of valuable skills that I have been able to apply in positions I have held since then.
During the summer of 2017, I worked as an R&D intern in the endomechanical franchise of Ethicon, a company at the cutting edge of innovation in laproscopic surgery. I worked between two design teams, one developing a next generation linear tissue cutter/stapler for use in bariatric and colorectal surgeries and the other for use in vascular procedures. My role primarily involved creating and modifying test procedures for various device functionalities, utilizing CAD to design test fixtures and data analysis software to design experiments and analyze the results. While I was in Cincinnati, I had the opportunity to spend time volunteering at various locations, such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen. My experience at Ethicon taught me what is required to be successful in a mechanical design position in industry and exposed me to another facet of a career in medicine.
DynaMIT - DynaMIT is a campus organization dedicated to giving underserved middle school students in the Boston area an opportunity to learn about STEM fields, through summer camps filled with cool activities and experiments.
The African-American Athlete - The African-American Athlete celebrates the accomplishments of black athletes, in and out of the athletic arena. It is a forum to discuss the issues, challenges, and achievements that impact the lives of the athletes of the black community.
MIT Varsity Track and Field Team - After playing basketball in high school, I was given an unexpected opportunity to try to apply my athletic skills to a new sport, high jumping. The experience has been a way to stay connected to the team aspect of sports that I've always loved while challenging myself to succeed in something new.
National Society of Black Engineers - The mission of NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.