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Student speaker Kristina Poberezhnaya

Kristina Poberezhnaya

Kristina Poberezhnaya is graduating from the College of Engineering with a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomechanics.

An alumna of Cass Technical High School, a first-generation college student and the youngest in her family, Poberezhnaya constantly looked up to her siblings as her role models. Her sister, Yekaterina, a physical therapist assistant, served as her biggest supporter, and her brothers, Sergey and Mikhail, who also graduated from the Wayne State University College of Engineering with electrical and mechanical engineering degrees, inspired her to continue her education, becoming the third engineer in the family.

Aside from embodying the American dream to Russian immigrant parents, Poberezhnaya embodies the true Warrior spirit, continuously giving back to Wayne State and her community, and empowering other girls and young women to pursue STEM education. She is active in the Society of Women Engineers, serving as the group's president and volunteering with local elementary and high schools to spark students' enthusiasm for engineering.

Poberezhnaya also serves on the new Women in Engineering Executive Leadership Society, developing resources that will allow future graduating classes to reach their full potential.

Throughout her academic career, she has gained real-world experiences shadowing medical professionals both here and abroad, laying the foundation to pursue her career aspirations in the medical device industry.