After Her Father’s Stroke, Daughter’s Dream is to Pursue Biomedical Engineering

With the recent news of her $40,000 Edison Scholars award, Irene Tang will soon head to Swarthmore College.
Apr 22, 2015 5:30 PM ET

When Irene Tang’s father had a stroke a few years ago, it brought her college plans into focus. She always liked math and science, but her father’s illness, followed by a second stroke, set her on a course to pursue biomedical engineering.

“My father’s second stroke in 2014 sparked my curiosity in developing an affordable medical nanoscale robot for prospective stroke patients,” the South Pasadena High School senior said. “The robot should remove fatty deposits from artery walls and break up blood clots into smaller pieces before they cause damage to the brain.”

Irene won a coveted offer to attend Swarthmore College, a small private school outside Philadelphia. But tuition, room and board runs nearly $60,000 a year.

Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), gave Irene’s plans a major boost when she received a $40,000 Edison Scholars award.

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