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Patriot Profile: Kaala Evans

By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on May 10, 2011


Name: Kaala Evans

Major: Bioengineering

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Organizational Theory: Evans was a commuter student her first two years at Mason, so she participated in a lot of clubs to meet fellow students. “It’s a good way to network and meet people. In science, you need people around you as a support system to help you through the classes.”

Queen of Clubs: The astonishing number of science student organizations on campus gave Evans ample opportunities to network and meet people. This year, she is the programs director of the National Society of Black Engineers and a member of the Physics Club, Math Club, Bioengineering Club, Leadership Diversity Academy, VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Getting a Foot in the Door: Last summer, Evans interned at Booz Allen Hamilton, the huge technology consulting firm. She now works there part time as an intern in its Strategy and Organization Unit on Mondays and Wednesdays. Evans says she hopes to work as a consultant at a firm such as Booz Allen Hamilton, working with health care clients after graduation.

Tackling the AIDS Epidemic: In the long term, though, Evans hopes to continue on to medical school with the goal of becoming a medical researcher. “It sounds corny, but when I was younger I just had this vision of myself helping find a cure for AIDS,” she recalls. Her uncle has multiple sclerosis, so she says she would like to “contribute to the ongoing fight against that type of disease.”

Going Global: Evans hopes to study abroad next year in either Africa or South America. “For engineering, everyone wants to go to Europe, but I’d rather go somewhere else.” Right now, a three-week course in South America over winter break has caught her eye.

Logical Choice: The fact that the Washington, D.C., area is a hot spot for bioengineering internships and job possibilities definitely played a role in Evans choosing Mason. “I applied to eight schools in high school, and Mason was the most logical choice. It is affordable, it is not too far from home, and it is so close to D.C., that there are many job opportunities.”

 


3 Comments »

  1. Kaala,
    This is remarkable. I am so very proud of you. You are on an unstoppable path so don’t let anything or anybody distract you or your studies. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Doreine Lane — May 26, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  2. Kaala,

    We’re interested in seeing if you, and any of your fellow female members of the National Society of Black Engineers or of the GMU Society of Women Engineers would be interested in helping us offer an engineering badge to teen girl scouts at a festival in Fredericksburg on the 2nd Saturday of SEP!

    Comment by Willis — July 14, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  3. Hi Kaala
    I am thinking about majoring in Bioengineering and Im a bit scared to do so. I wanted to know if you can tell me what its really like. How hard are the classes and so on.
    I really hope to hear from you soon.
    thank you

    Comment by Valle — November 19, 2013 @ 8:24 am

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