My name is Paedyn Gomes, and I am from the Cleveland, OH area. At Yale, I am majoring in mechanical engineering, working toward an ABET-accredited degree. I am a hurdler on the varsity Track & Field team and I spend a lot of my time outside of academics at meets and practice. Off the track, I am a Yale Club Scholar and I have been involved in the Yale Black Men’s Union, Branford big sibs, YHHAP, and the National Society of Black Engineers. I spent part of my freshman summer at home and part of the summer touring the United Kingdom with a combined Harvard and Yale track team. We competed and trained at the University of Limerick, the University of Birmingham, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge, culminating in an historic track meet pitting the combined Harvard and Yale team against a combined Oxford and Cambridge team. I spent the summer after my sophomore year working in the Yale GRAB Lab, studying the use of prosthetic hands, wrists, and arms by amputees. After my sophomore summer, I discovered an interest in prosthetics and human motion, and I hope this will lead me to a career in either prosthetics or the engineering of sports medicine/equipment.
In my free time, I love to play sports like basketball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. I am a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan, as well as a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Browns. When I have some down time, I’ve been known to pick up an Xbox controller and play a few games of NBA 2K or Halo. I also like to relax either by myself or with my friends, spending some free time playing cards with friends in the Branford courtyard, taking walks to enjoy a nice day or look around at the beautiful campus, or sitting back and watching Game of Thrones.