“You always regret the things you don't do more than the mistakes you make!” This is something Brianna Berillo lives her life by, and a tip she shares with freshmen. “It is so much better to take a chance than to sit back and wonder if you should have.”  

Berillo, a senior biomedical engineering student from Crystal Lake, Illinois, has always enjoyed having an active role on campus as a member of the dance team and the Biomedical Engineering Society, outreach chair for the Society of Women Engineers, and now as one of the first CREATE Student Fellows.  

“I thought being a student fellow would be a great way to challenge myself for both personal and professional growth. My experiences working in residence life the last two years will help me greatly in understanding how to link the needs of community into the resources we can provide,” she said. “I hope to have a positive impact on the community around me through exciting and new experiences, while bringing a fresh perspective to help in the early phases of what has a potential to have a wonderful impact on our MSOE community.”  

Building personal and professional relationships is key to Berillo’s success. At MSOE, she likes how much everyone genuinely cares about you. “My professors are phenomenal and having a personal relationship with them is not something you find at many universities. I love the fact that I have never sat in a lecture hall and I can know everyone in my classes by name. I'm grateful that MSOE allows for challenging academic and personal growth.”  

Her internships have also allowed her to work closely with MSOE alumni and other professionals. At AbbVie, she interned as a Clinical Trial Operations Intern in Clinical Program Development - Neuroscience. “I worked closely with our team’s study on patient recruitment and learning the ins and outs of a large pharmaceutical company. It has been amazing seeing how each person's job has a critical impact on the patient and the importance each role plays in the big picture.”  

At Froedtert Hospital she was a Clinical Engineering Intern in Imaging where she worked closely with her mentor, an MSOE alumnus, to maintain different imaging equipment including ultrasound, MRI, CT, X-ray and C-arm machines. “This was a wonderful hands on experience and really opened my eyes to a brand new career possibility. I loved working in a clinical setting and being directly involved with the machines that are essential to the hospital.”