As a child, Melissa Venedicto dreamed of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, but as an undergraduate at FIU, she became so intrigued by the materials used in prosthetic devices that she pursued a major in biomedical engineering. It was in a biomaterials class that she found her true passion ― materials research.

At the time, Venedicto didn’t fully grasp the real-world applications of her calling. It wasn’t until lab experiences and an internship in FIU’s NASA CRE2DO program intertwined that she found there were endless career possibilities in the space sciences. Venedicto discovered the power of atomically-thin materials, or 2D materials ― versatile and applicable to both electronics and biomedicine, both fields of interest to her.

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