Carolyn Schutt Ibsen received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UC San Diego where she was a member of Sadik Esener’s biomedical nanotechnology laboratory. She is developing a new imaging technique which combines ultrasound and optical imaging to improve diagnosis of early stage cancer. Her work received the Grand Prize at the 2012 UC San Diego Jacobs School Research Expo. She is also developing non-toxic chemotherapy nanoparticles aimed at reducing side effects for cancer patients. Outside the lab, Carolyn led teams of bioengineering students to develop public outreach exhibits on engineering topics. She founded the Home Run Science Challenge, an educational program to promote greater interaction between children and scientists at the San Diego Science & Engineering Festival. Carolyn also co-chaired a group of students to present a bioengineering exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. and advocated for advances in engineering education at several congressional offices.