Jared GardnerB.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2006
Jared Gardner earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering in 2006. "I was attracted to IIT by a number of factors, the most important being the possibility of a close working relationship with faculty since it is a smaller school, the location and the variety of available scholarships," says Gardner. Though he calls Alaska home, Gardner currently lives in Colombia, continuing work on an IPRO he took his final semester aimed at helping improve educational opportunities in orthotics and prosthetics in Latin America. He has been working in an orthotics and prosthetics clinic, learning about the field and helping teach English to the people who work there. He also has been involved with a research group at the University of Los Andes that has spent some time analyzing the results of M-LASIK surgery from an engineering perspective to try to determine more consistent and effective methods of surgery.