The perfect mix of engineering and medicine: Forck earns biomedical engineering degree

May 06, 2024

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Nate Forck says he’s proud to be a Tiger because of the people he works with and sees every day. His favorite Mizzou Engineering memory is hanging out with his classmates after thermodynamics exams. And his favorite parts about biomedical engineering is the variety of tech electives and the enthusiastic professors who teach them.

For Forck, leaving Mizzou and Columbia, Missouri, is bittersweet because it’s his home.

After graduating, Forck will be pursuing work as a biomedical technician outside of his hometown. Read on for a Q&A with him about his MIzzou Engineering experience.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Nate Forck, and I am a Columbia native. I grew up going to Mizzou games with my family and have been a part of the local community here since I was little. I, like most people when they were graduating high school, thought I wanted to move away from my hometown. However, I think there is something special about Columbia and the University of Missouri, so I decided to stick around.

What made you interested in your major?

I was initially interested in my major when I was in high school. I have always had a deep love for STEM, but I am also an indecisive person. Therefore, biomedical engineering was a great choice for me. It’s the perfect mix of engineering and medical sciences.

What’s your favorite thing about biomedical engineering?

The tech electives I have taken these last few semesters. The professors who teach them are very enthusiastic and their fields, so if you love diving deep into niche biomedical engineering topics, this is something to look forward to.

How did you get involved at Mizzou?

I got involved with my research at Mizzou by getting to know my professors and classmates. The best way to find programs and clubs is to talk to people who are already participating in them! I started my undergraduate research by being referred by one of my peers who was already working at the lab I’m in now.

How has Mizzou Engineering helped you achieve your goals?

Mizzou Engineering has helped me achieve my goals by giving me confidence in my field. Starting out in any STEM field can be daunting, but you should trust your program and the faculty here at Mizzou to give you the tools to succeed.

What’s next for you after graduation?

It is finally time to say goodbye to Columbia and the University of Missouri as I am pursuing opportunities elsewhere as a biomedical technician. A very bittersweet ending if you ask me. I love this town.