Nicole Ostrowski

PhD Bioengineering 

I worked with MCSI during undergrad. I stayed in Pitt for my PhD, shifting to the Bioengineering department to focus on biomaterials for hard tissue applications. During that timeI became interested in management consulting. After defending, I joined an internal consulting team at Arconic. I spent a little over 2 years with that team before transitioning to a similar team at Highmark Health, where I am currently working. MCSI was the springboard for how I learned about academic research and became interested in graduate school. Through one of the summer research programs I was able to travel to Brazil, and became more comfortable with traveling for a professional purpose. Finally, working with students and professors at MCSI demonstrated to me that there is a whole group of professionals who are focused on improving the world as their career, not just getting a paycheck. I think that's important for people in younger generations to see!


Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261