Lauren Griggs: ‘I Engineer Connection’

November 4, 2022

“I Engineer” highlights excellence across the Penn State College of Engineering, as well as how the college is made stronger by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of those in the engineering community.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Lauren Griggs, a biomedical engineer by training, is the director of the Penn State College of Engineering’s Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP), housed within the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion. Through MEP — open to all engineering students with the goal of fostering community for traditionally underrepresented students in the field — Griggs supports students as they navigate their undergraduate and graduate engineering studies.

Griggs earned her bachelor’s degree in nanomedicine engineering from the University of Virginia and her doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She completed her postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University, where she investigated the role of extracellular matrix cross-linking in tumorigenesis.

Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Griggs participated in and led several events to empower students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. At VCU, she was a research mentor on the dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative and served as a program coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.


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"The best solutions come from a wide variety of perspectives so that everyone can contribute and create something magical." — Lauren Griggs, director of the Multicultural Engineering Program