Luke Oaks
Luke Oaks Controls Engineer for Bray International, Inc.
Texas A&M University, 2019, B.S. Interdisciplinary Engineering

“When I joined the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP), I was a biomedical engineering student working on the development of an effective early-detection method of oral cancer diagnosis. While conducting this research - which recently led to a publication in the Journal of Biomedical Optics titled Nanoparticle-based Assay for Detection of S100P mRNA using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) - my entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary efforts outside of the lab led me to become more interested in the NAE Grand Challenge of improving personalized education. I elected to begin my career in industry rather than continue toward graduate studies because I received an exciting offer on the basis of my background in engineering research and entrepreneurship. Further, I look forward to leading the charge for increased industry-relevant, experiential learning in K-12 and university settings.”