Edward McAboy was raised in the small town of York, AL. During his childhood, he gravitated toward the intricacies of science and an entirely different world that explores beneath the surface of life’s common occurrences. Late in his high school career, he discovered that chemistry was the area of science he loved most, but wanted a journey with more practical application of his chemical knowledge. He was accepted at the University of California-Los Angeles as a chemical engineer. During his collegiate tenure, he participated in research programs, supervised by Dr. Jane Chang and Dr. Sarah Tolbert, which investigated the magnetostriction of cobalt ferrite to create acoustic waves through strain. The research proved immensely valuable as Edward was introduced to the semiconductor field. Edward graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in June 2015 and obtained an internship at Intel for the course of the summer. He is currently pursuing his Master’s at Michigan Tech as a GEM Fellow. Upon completion, he will continue working with Intel.