BioE Student Spotlight: Ryan Beam



Ryan Beam

Where are you from/where is your hometown?

Reading, PA

What degree type are you pursuing?

BS Bioengineering

What is your specialization, OR, do you have any other majors/minors?

Pharmaceutical track

Are you involved in any bioengineering related organizations (both inside or outside of Lehigh)? If so, please specify.

Executive member of BMES (Communications Representative) and research with Professor Gonzalez-Fernandez

Why did you decide to come to Lehigh University?

I decided to come to Lehigh because I knew I would be getting a strong education that would help prepare me for life after college. The community at Lehigh also really fosters growth both in and outside of the classroom.

Why did you decide to study bioengineering?

I decided to study bioengineering because of my interest in solving problems in health/medicine. Bioengineering is a very interdisciplinary field that connects math and engineering to the medical field. I have always loved solving problems and the medical field, and bioengineering is the perfect cross between these subjects.

What do you want to be/do after you graduate and how will this degree help you get there?

After graduation I hope to pursue a career in drug development/delivery. In just two years at Lehigh, I have been able to learn an incredible amount of information through classes and research that I will be able to apply in industry after graduation.

Share a good experience/memory with a faculty/staff member/peers/or class within bioengineering

Participating in BMES events always provide good memories. I always enjoy spending time with my peers and the BioE faculty while attending these events.

What words of wisdom do you have for current or future students of bioengineering at Lehigh?

I encourage all future bioengineering students to get involved in research. Participating in research has taught me a lot about things within the field that can’t really be taught in a classroom. Having this hands-on experience has helped me grow as a student beyond my own expectations.