Andy Sanchez

Ph.D. Student
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

390 Kimball Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
aps268 (at) cornell (dot) edu
Twitter: @MrSanduchez

Andy Sanchez’s research interests include microfluidic transport, biosensors, point-of-care diagnostics, poetry, lyric essays, storytelling, and popular music. More recently, he has become interested in science policy and communication, in particular addressing fairness and racial bias in AI technologies and STEM ethics education.


Andy Sanchez is a Mexican American writer and engineer from Plymouth, Indiana. He pursued his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he had the privilege to work in international, business, and service projects. He worked briefly for ExxonMobil and Bray International, and completed his Business Management Certificate for Engineers. His efforts also include collaborating with Qatari students to design a methanol production facility, coordinating the largest student-run career fair in the country, and engaging with Latinx high school students to introduce them to STEM careers. After graduating from A&M, Andy completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at New York University. Andy’s thesis encompassed hybrid poems on family and identity; he also had the privilege of designing and teaching a writing course for undergraduates, as well as teaching poetry to hospitalized adults through the Goldwater Fellows program.

Andy joined the Kirby Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory in October of 2016. His primary focus has been on developing a novel biosensor for antibody detection, with ideal applications in Lyme disease diagnosis. This work has included assay development, immunocapture, and material synthesis and conjugation. He has also continued his outreach efforts by organizing events to support high school and undergraduate women and Latinx students on their career paths.

Andy believes the seemingly divergent fields of writing and engineering seek the same understanding of human needs and responsibilities. He hopes to meaningfully merge them through a career in science policy. To this end, he has organized a regional science communication conference (ComSciCon-Cornell 2018); wrote a technical report, OpEd, and policy memo on racial bias in AI technologies; and competed in the Healthcare division of the MIT Policy Hackathon. As a Civic Engagement Fellow, he hosted a science policy workshop and led a campaign for voter registration and participation in the Cornell Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department. He is currently mentoring graduate and undergraduate students as they develop advocacy plans for science policy issues.

Conferences and Presentations

  • Panelist, “What’s it like to pursue a STEM PhD Career?” New Visions Engineering for High Schoolers. Ithaca, NY. 2019.
  • Poet & Panelist, Every Day We Get More Illegal Encore Performance, with Q&A. Borough of Manhattan Community College Working Writers Reading Series. New York, NY 2019.
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Public Policy Institute for Rising Leaders. Washington, D.C., 2019.
  • “ComSciCon-Cornell: A Multimedia Science Communication Workshop By And For Grad Students.” Marvin, J; Sanchez, A. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference. Washington, D.C., 2019.
  • “A Novel Sensor for Antibody Detection: ACWOP as a Tool for Lyme Disease Diagnosis,” Sanchez, A. Cornell University Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Symposium. Ithaca, NY, 2019.
  • ComSciCon-Cornell: A Multimedia Science Communication Workshop By And For Grad Students.” Sanchez, A; Marvin, J. National Science Policy Network Symposium. New York, NY, 2018.
  • “Negation,” and “Acá Entre Nos.” Sanchez, A. EmotiveFruition and CantoMundo Present: Every Day We Get More Illegal. New York, NY, 2018.
  • Panelist, “Underrepresented Minorities in STEM PhD Careers.” New Visions Engineering for High Schoolers. Ithaca, NY. 2018.
  • Moderator, “How to Tell a Story” and “Navigating Dialogues in Controversial Topics.” ComSciCon-Cornell 2018 Workshop. Ithaca, NY 2018.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference. Austin, TX, 2018.
  • “On Tunnel of Love and the Fear of Intimacy.” Sanchez, A. Franklin Electric Reading Series. New York, NY, 2018.
  • “A Novel Bioensor for Lyme Disease,” Sanchez, A; Sundaram, P. Cornell University Mechanical Engineering Symposium. Ithaca, NY, 2018.
  • Colman Leadership Seminar. Ithaca, NY, 2018.
  • “A Novel Bioensor for Lyme Disease,” Sundaram, P; Sanchez, P. Cornell University Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Symposium. Ithaca, NY, 2018.
  • ComSciCon-Cornell 2017 Workshop. Ithaca, NY, 2017.
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Washington, D.C. 2017.
  • Cornell University Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Symposium. Ithaca, NY, 2017.
  • “Swimming at Low Reynolds Number” and “Safe Places,” Sanchez, A. Franklin Electric Reading SeriesNew York, NY, 2016.
  • Summer Success Symposium. Ithaca, NY, 2016.
  • “Other Voices.” Sanchez, A. NYU Creative Writing Program Graduation Reading Series. New York, NY, 2016.
  • “My Father Is True to His Word.” Sanchez, A. KGB Emerging Writers Reading Series. New York, NY, 2016.
  • “Collaborative Design of a Methanol Synthesis Facility.” Sanchez, A; Koliba, K; Mathew, R; Taha, S. Texas A&M Undergraduate Research Expo. College Station, TX, 2013.
  • “Analysis of ZIF-7 Synthesis.” Sanchez, A. American Institute of Chemical Engineers Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, 2012.
  • Business Today International Conference. New York, NY, 2011.
  • Champe Fitzhugh Leadership Seminar. Castiglione Fiortino, Italy, 2009.
  • Notre Dame University Latino Community Leadership Seminar (LCLS). South Bend, IN, 2008.
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Indianapolis, IN, 2007.
  • Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership Retreat. Indianapolis, IN, 2007.


Honors and Awards

  • Shortlist for Redivider 2018 “Blurred Genre Contest” | Redivider Journal
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow | Cornell University (2016-Present)
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Civic Engagement Fellow | Cornell University (2018)
  • Goldwater Fellow | New York University (2015-2016)
  • Rhodes Scholarship Finalist (2013)
  • Chemical Engineering Outstanding Graduating Senior | Texas A&M University (2013)
  • Craig Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer Award | Texas A&M University (2013)
  • American Chemical Society Scholar (2009-2013)
  • Charles Gordone Poetry Award | Texas A&M University (2011)

Science Policy, Communication, & Outreach

  • Journal of Science Policy & Governance Associate Editor (2020-Present)
  • Cornell Science Policy Bootcamp (2018-2020)
    • Developed technical report, mock press briefing, & policy implementation plan to address bias in AI
    • Surveyed & partnered with Cornell faculty to augment educational efforts on campus
    • Published Op-Ed in Cornell Daily Sun newspaper and policy memo in Journal of Science Policy & Governance
    • Selected as teaching assistant for 2019 Bootcamp
    • Lectured & facilitated discussions on the cultural/policy history of U.S. nuclear power, Op-Ed writing, & emerging science policy news
    • Mentored teams pursuing advocacy plans in STEM education, fraudulent food labels, & community learning initiatives for mental health
    • Invited as lecturer for 2020 Bootcamp
  • Cornell Chemical Engineering WOMEN Group (2016-Present)
    • Parent Program Co-Lead for 2018-2020 outreach events encouraging high school women to pursue science
    • Operations Facilitator for 2017 for outreach event
    • Led surface chemistry demonstration for Curie & CATALYST outreach events for URM high schoolers
  • Cornell Advancing Science & Policy (2019-Present)
    • Served as Vice President (2019-Present)
    • Incorporated ASAP as a chapter organization within the National Science Policy Network (NSPN)
    • Organized collaborative work sessions for the NSPN 2020 Election Initiative
    • Published meta-review on coastal resilience (accepted)
  • Cornell Writing about Communication Teaching Assistant (2020-Present)
    • Reviewed & edited student essays on social science, basic media, & digital media
    • Guided writing clinics to prepare students for upcoming assignments
  • ComSciCon-NY Science Communication Conference (2017-2019) [Formerly ComSciCon-Cornell]
    • Attended 2017 conference on scientific communication, policy, & community engagement
    • Solicited panelists, advertised, coordinated, & hosted 2018 regional conference for STEM grad students
    • Designed & moderated panels on How to Tell a Story & Navigating Controversial Dialogues
    • Presented poster at National Science Policy Network Symposium (2018)
    • Presented poster at AAAS Annual Conference (2019)
  • Cornell Chemical Engineering Civic Engagement Fellow (2018-2019)
    • Selected as one of 5 students to represent the department at AAAS annual conference
    • Hosted science policy & communication workshop
    • Led voter registration & participation advocacy campaign for department
  • MIT Policy Hackathon (2018)
    • Competed in a team in 48-hour marathon to tackle a current issue in public health (diaper need in Connecticut)
    • Composed 5-page brief & 3-minute presentation for advocacy & industry experts
  • Cornell EnvironMentors & Mi Comunidad (2016-2018)
    • Mentored Cornell undergraduate & Latinx students considering careers in environmental research
  • New York University Adjunct Faculty Member (2016)
    • Designed & instructed comprehensive curriculum for multi-genre creative writing for undergraduates
    • Incorporated fiction, poetry, music, oral storytelling, video games, & social criticsm into the classroom
    • Drafted detailed diversity support statement
    • Received 4.9/5.0 rating from student evaluations
  • New York University Goldwater Fellow (2016)
    • Facilitated poetry workshop for disabled adults at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital
  • Washington Square Review Interviews Editor (2015-2106)
    • Solicited & interviewed prominent writers Rick Moody, Maggie Nelson, & Sarah Ruhl
    • Edited & reviewed content for final publication
  • Steps Tutoring Tutor (2014-2016)
    • Prepared 4th-9th graders for New York State & City standardized tests
    • Coached students struggling with test anxiety & new concepts
  • Texas A&M Chemical Engineering International Capstone Project | Doha, Qatar (2013)
    • Designed methanol synthesis facility with two students from A&M Qatar
    • Hosted Qatari collaborators in Texas; visited group members in Doha
    • Presented work for industry representatives via live international video conference
  • Texas A&M Student Engineers’ Council (2011-2013)
    • Corporate relations chair (2012-2013)
      • Coordinated funding for nation’s largest engineering career fair & all other SEC events
      • Hosted corporations & speakers for professional development seminars
    • Future A&M Engineers Conference Team Leader (2013)
    • Future Aggies Design Exhibition Team Leader (2012)
    • Assistant Corporate Relations Chair (2011-2012)
    • Philanthropy Committee (2011-2013)
  • Callaloo Journal Editorial Assistant (2010-2013)
    • Reviewed poetry, fiction, & criticism submissions
    • Coordinated & critiqued pieces for inaugural Callaloo Art issue & annual Callaloo Conferences


  • PhD Candidate, Cornell University, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Advised by Dr. Brian Kirby
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Leadership, SUNY-ESF, Advised by Dr. Paul Hirsch
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (2018), Binghamton University
  • Masters of Fine Arts (2016), New York University, Creative Writing in Fiction, Advised by Meghan O’Rourke
  • Bachelors of Science (2013) Texas A&M University, Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, minors in Chemistry and Creative Writing
  • Business Management Certificate for Engineers (2012), Mays Business School, Texas A&M University