Lorraine Mottishaw-Founds received her Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2020 after graduating from the University of Idaho with degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2017. Her research experience is involved with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with a focus in orthopaedic biochemical interactions. She is currently stationed in Dayton, OH.
Lorraine has been actively volunteering for the FIRST robotics program, where she mentored teams and encouraged them to compete at the national level. During her master’s degree, she volunteered at Explora! in New Mexico, which encourages young girls, women, and other underrepresented groups to tackle and learn science on a budget. Furthermore, she has volunteered and organized a graduate student conference at the University of New Mexico, where admission was free for all graduate students to present to high-level executives in the nearby industrial sector. Lorraine has this to say: “Since before college I’ve been an avid lover and learner of science. Through my volunteering efforts, I’ve always encouraged others around me to join and work in the field of STEM, particularly in the engineering sciences. I also encouraged those who could not afford to go to national conferences to be able to attend networks and establish their work in the thriving industry around them. In this way, I’ve volunteered and helped to organize three Albuquerque “Expanding Your Horizons” events.’