Posted on March 6, 2024 by Storm Goodman

Brian Lepe, Biomedical Engineering

Brian Lepe, Biomedical Engineering

For as long as he can remember, Brian knew that he wanted to make a difference in the world and help people through the ever-growing field of modern medicine. Brian attended Health Careers High School, a San Antonio-based magnet school dedicated to preparing students for careers as health professionals, and decided to attend UTSA to continue his medical journey by pursuing a degree in biology. After working as a pharmacy technician, his passion for helping others persisted, but he realized that direct patient care was not the right path for him.  

Brian began to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and due to the overlap with his biology degree and his extensive involvement in the medical field, he experienced a near-seamless transition. 


"There are a lot of cross-links between both fields, and I figured my degree in biology would be able to help me with my BME degree, and vice versa. And I was right!"


Brian knew that a biomedical engineering degree would be the right fit for him due to his passion for biology and existing love for math, but he did not know just how much he would love his new field. He has cited just how much of an impact his professors, instructors, and fellow students have had on helping him adjust to and grow attached to biomedical engineering. 


"The biomedical medical engineering faculty here at UTSA is probably one of the best groups of people that I've been able to work with. It is a relatively small College so everyone is super tight-knit."


Due to how supportive the faculty and staff have been of him throughout his biomedical engineering journey, Brian truly feels that he has found his home here at UTSA. Throughout his many classes, he has grown close to and worked with professors who have taken an active interest in and involvement in his academic journey. 


"The whole degree feels more like a community than a responsibility.


As a first-generation college student, Brian has accomplished a lot throughout his time at UTSA and is so grateful to all the people who have supported him on his journey. Due to his hard work and outward passion for his field, Brian was selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Stanford University. 

Brian has also had the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of the Society of Undergraduate Research (SOUR) throughout his time at UTSA. 

Brian will be graduating in June 2025 and is planning to pursue a PhD in Bioengineering. 

— Storm Goodman