2021 Community Service Leadership Award Recipients
Congratulations to bioengineering students Michael Fialkoff, E’21, Francheska Liz Torres Torres, E’21, ME’21, and Sierra Vansuch, E’21, who received Community Service Leadership Awards for their continuous engagement throughout their time at Northeastern while making an impact on the communities and programs they served.
|Michael Fialkoff |
Nominated by NU|ACESA, bioengineering major and Spanish minor from South Windsor, Connecticut, Michael Fialkoff’s most memorable service experiences have been from his three years of being an NU|ACES Welcome Week Team Leader. “Getting to work with awesome freshmen, exploring Boston, and becoming good friends with other student leaders in CCE has been the best part of my time at Northeastern.” He would advise any student hoping to be more engaged with the local community to “Get involved! Try new things, get out and explore Boston through service!” Post-graduation, Fialkoff will be joining the Process Development & Manufacturing team at SQZ Biotechnologies in Watertown, Massachusetts as an associate engineer working to translate cell-based cancer therapies from research scale to clinical manufacturing.
|Francheska Liz Torres Torres|
Nominated by National Braille Press, Francheska Liz Torres Torres is a bioengineering major and mechanical engineering minor from Charlton, Massachusetts. Her advice to students looking to engage in meaningful ways with the local community is to “make a strong connection with the people you are looking to serve and work with. These are the people who will continuously provide inspiration and opportunity to contribute in ways that positively impact your life, their lives, and the community as a whole.” Post-graduation, she will be joining Smith+Nephew, a medical device company, as a research and development engineer. She hopes to continue her community service in braille advocacy as well as in STEM outreach and education.
Nominated by NU|ACES, Sierra Vansuch is a bioengineering major and mathematics minor. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, post-graduation she’ll be staying in the area and working full-time at Solid Biosciences as an associate scientist in downstream process development.