Olivia Basco, from Hampton, Virginia, is a junior majoring in BSE and French. She is following the Health Professions track while minoring in Biomedical Engineering. In the future, Olivia hopes to become a reconstructive surgeon or continue performing biomedical engineering research. Currently, Olivia performs research to develop a nanovaccine against opioid addiction in the Bioseparation Laboratory with Dr. Zhang. She also works in the Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory with graduate students to analyze the spread of legionella pneumonia through various water supplies. Olivia also finds time to be actively involved in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, as the academics chair. She is also an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), CHAARG, and Service without Borders.
The BSE department granted her a scholarship to travel to Nepal and construct a water canal in the Himalayas through Service without Borders, once the pandemic allows. In addition to extracurriculars and research, Olivia enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and working at doggy daycare. During freshman year, the BSE Ambassadors convinced Olivia that BSE was the right major for her as an engineer.
She is thankful for those BSE ambassadors every day and is so excited to repay the BSE department for all it has given her by spreading her enthusiasm for this amazing department to prospective students.