Zachary Althof
"No matter what the future holds, my goal is to extend the knowledge in my field and continue learning my entire life." 

Hometown: Rockford, Ill.

Year: First-year master's student

Program: Biomedical Engineering, pulmonary image processing

Mission Areas: BiotechnologySystems and Sensors

Lab: Reinhardt Biomedical Imaging Lab

Advisor: Joseph M. Reinhardt, professor and department executive officer of biomedical engineering, professor of radiology

What do you do at the University? 

I am in my first year of grad school under the fast track master’s program in Biomedical Engineering. Outside of the Iowa Technology Institute, I have been a teaching assistant and a part of the Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Sciences Association (MESA) tutoring program. I am a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and have participated in Dance Marathon throughout school. 

What do you work on and what do you enjoy most about your work?

I work in medical image processing. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, I aim to gain quantitative information and segment regions of interest from computed tomography (CT) images. I love the puzzle of coding. There is nothing more satisfying than finally getting a program to work. I love that I have found a field where I can use my love of coding to impact patient care and hopefully improve health through disease diagnosis and treatment.

 What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to be doing professionally in 10 years?

My academic goals are to go on after this year to start PhD work. From here I am trying to stay open minded. I think being a professor could be a very fulfilling and exciting career, but industry may offer opportunities in innovation that could be fulfilling as well. No matter what the future holds, my goal is to extend the knowledge in my field and continue learning my entire life.