Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Zachary Richards is the EnMed Class of 2023 Representative and the Chief Executive Officer for the College of Medicine Houston campus. Richards graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in May 2019, receiving the Craig Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer Award.
While at Texas A&M for undergrad, he spent three years researching the bone-regenerating properties of stem cells under Dr. Roland Kaunas. During this time, Richards received a $10,000 innovation grant from the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology to develop 3D-printed scaffolds for facial bone repair. He presented his work at the 2018 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference, as well as the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Beyond the classroom, Richards was a French horn player in the Texas A&M Wind Symphony. He also served as a Crew Chief for Student Bonfire. His role involved coordination and oversight of volunteer land-clearing efforts, including a Habitat for Humanity subdivision in Bryan, Texas. During his last two years at A&M, Richards worked as a math tutor for the Texas A&M Academic Success Center.
Richards is an avid camper and hiker, aiming to visit all 61 National Parks during his life. His hometown is the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas.
After graduation, Richards will further their medical career at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA, specializing in opthalmology.