Finish up to start-up: Biomedical engineering alumna applies degree as vice president of local company

Earning a doctoral degree is an accomplishment like no other. The path to completing the degree can take years, with graduation feeling like a hard-earned end to a journey filled with learning opportunities, challenges, and hands-on experiences. While this was true for Alex Hyler, who received her doctorate in 2018 from the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences program through the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, graduation was also a beginning.

“I took this opportunity to lead research and commercialization at a start-up here in Blacksburg to pursue all of my passions, many of which I found while at Virginia Tech,” said Hyler, Virginia Tech’s Graduate Student of the Year 2018. “It is exciting to see the research I did – and that others do – turn into real products and applications.”

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