Zach Block attended CAPS in 2011 and took Engineering Design & Development. A BVN graduate, Zach attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and majored in Bioengineering. He graduated in 2015 and is pursuing a Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Northwestern University’s Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. Here are Zach’s reflections of his time at CAPS:
Did your CAPS experiences help you understand what you wanted to pursue in college and where you wanted to go?
My CAPS experiences were critical to my decision to study engineering in college. It was my experiences through the CAPS program that helped me understand the different types of engineering, and helped me decide on biomedical/biomechanical engineering.
What aspects of CAPS helped prepare you for success in college?
The time commitment that classes at CAPS required, working in teams, working with investors/business partners/mentors, etc. all helped prepare me for success in college.
What was your biggest take-away from your CAPS experience?
My biggest take away from my CAPS experience was the professionalism aspect. Getting to work with mentors, teachers and business partners was an incredible experience for me as a high school student. Those experiences helped me directly in college and have continued to help me throughout my graduate studies and search for a residency.