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Whirring

Lindsey Walker, E15

“Everyone hold on a sec,” Coach Courtney Farrell says to the team. “Look up.” One by one, each player lowers her lacrosse stick and takes off her goggles. They all stop and stare at the pink sunset that’s cast a cotton candy glow on Bello Field.

“I love those moments, when everyone takes a break to appreciate where we are,” Lindsey Walker says. “We’re all doing so much, but these are four years of a lifetime.”

And Lindsey doesn’t waste a second. A few places you’ll find her: bent over a whirring filtration machine in the SciTech lab, learning the difference between beats and tempo in History of Western Music, rising at dawn with her LAX housemates for practice, or tucked into a corner of Tisch. The library roof is one of her favorite spots, because it’s another space where she can pause and appreciate her packed schedule. “Even in the winter, I’ll take my dinner out there and stare at the city lights.” It’s similar to the view of Manhattan from the village of Suffern, New York, in which she grew up, but a completely different, new experience. Lindsey says, “I know I’ll never be anywhere like Tufts again.”

Or have seemingly endless hours to devote to the research she loves. One of Lindsey’s goals is to work in “foodcology,” the engineering of food. “So many of the foods we eat are hiding disease- and cancer-causing additives. Can we create safe additives without side effects?” She’s looking into it “at a graduate level,” she marvels. She’s also working on a greener water purification system. “I spend a lot of time hydrolyzing membranes, which is a fancy way of saying that I’m helping Professor Ayse Asatekin research an alternative way to filter water using greener chemicals than those we use today.”

She also studies reactor design—“which is cool because applies engineering fundamentals to real-life biomedical industry situations”—and she codes. Those computer science skills helped her land an internship with investment banking firm UBS as an IT business analyst, acting as a liaison between business analysts and software programmers. Lindsey also entered a Tufts electrical engineering competition on a whim, building a homemade speaker system (“that was way over my head!”)—and placed as a finalist. She guides freshmen engineers as part of the Tufts Engineering Mentorship Program; she’s the publicist for the Tufts chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and so much more.

“To anyone who’s given to Tufts, thank you,” she says. “You may not realize it, but you’re supporting every program, every building, every person that’s helped me excel. I want to create something to make this world a better place. I know that sounds insanely ambitious, but thank you for helping me start.”

Questions? Contact the Tufts Fund at  617.627.4930 | tuftsfund@tufts.edu