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2016 Young Memphian: Allison Fetz

The following is a feature in the Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Click here to view the issue in its entirety.

In conversations with this year’s Young Memphis honorees, the word “passion” comes up frequently. It’s something they all have in common, despite their diverse backgrounds, industries and interests.
The Young Memphians featured on the pages that follow are all passionate about making a difference – in their career fields, in their communities and, most notably, in the futures of the generations to follow them.
They all speak of their love for the city, their desire to help make positive changes, their hopes for a stronger, more united community and their beliefs that even the smallest gesture of goodwill can have a powerful impact on the lives of many.
While each one of them is striving to be highly successful at his or her career, they’re also each going the extra mile to use that success to make Memphis a better place.
So throw away everything you may have read about Millennials being uninvolved residents who want to obtain as much as possible by doing as little as possible and get ready to be inspired. These young professionals are only a few of the many dedicated young Memphians out there who have their eye on a brighter tomorrow.
Memphis, meet your future leaders.

Allison Fetz
Research Assistant, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Memphis
Product Development Intern, SweetBio Inc.

A recent undergraduate in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis, Allison Fetz plans to advance her education to the doctorate level and later stay in an academic arena.
“I’ve really developed a passion for mentoring students and helping them discover their own passion for researching and biomedical engineering,” she said.

In the meantime, Fetz already has a lengthy list of accomplishments that could fill pages.
Most recently, she and a team of three other U of M students placed second among six North American finalists in a design competition at the 2016 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Working with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the team developed their entry – a device to transport mechanically ventilated patients to their therapy sessions.
Out of 17,000 applicants, Fetz also was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in April. Additionally, she’s the president of the Alpha Eta Mu Beta National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, through which she’s currently developing a student mentorship program at East High School, scheduled for fall.
Fetz, a project development intern at SweetBio Inc., says Memphis has played a significant role in advancing her progress.
“I think I really enjoyed my experience more because I stayed here in Memphis,” she said. “What’s going on here as far as biotech and the growth in that industry is incredible, and to be plugged into that industry through my internship has influenced me in so many ways. Ultimately it’s what kept me here in Memphis and made me decide to stay here for grad school.”

Story by: Erinn Figg
Photo by: Troy Glasgow

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