Quinton Smith joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD program at Johns Hopkins University after receiving his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He explores how physiochemical cues drive maturation of stem cells towards vascular lineages, using novel photolithography and biomaterial modulation techniques. He currently holds 7 co-authored manuscripts, including two book chapters, and a review article describing advances in engineering systems to enhance vascular regenerative potential. As a recipient of both the NSF-GRFP and NIH/NHLBI F-31 fellowships, he continues to demonstrate creativity in addressing challenges in tissue engineering. He serves as a mentor for promoting women in science and engineering at the high school level and has guided 11 students in all. Quinton has volunteered as a tutor and workshop leader to promote healthy eating habits to local middle school students. Finally, he is active in organizing symposiums, professional and social events for his department.