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A TikTok Star and a Cutting-Edge Architect, Both Undergrads, Featured in New Podcast

A TikTok Star and a Cutting-Edge Architect, Both Undergrads, Featured in New Podcast

By Reeve Hamilton

October 14, 2020

The newest episode of Why Not Change the World? The RPI Podcast features two women who are already changing the world, though neither one has completed their undergraduate degree yet.

Maggie Burruss, a biology student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has gained more than 500,000 followers on her TikTok account, @Mags4Science, which she launched earlier this year. Her success has already led to collaborations with outlets like CBS and Discovery. On this episode, Burruss discusses her approach to communicating about science and why she thinks it is important to never stop asking questions.

Aida Ayuk, a third-year architecture student, has gained national recognition for her entrepreneurial prowess and innovative architectural creations. For example, her futuristic design for a biogas-powered home based on the foundational elements of a household record player was recently featured in a leading architecture magazine. She talks about that project and more in this episode.

Listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, or TuneIn.


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