2016 Tillman Scholar

Anthony Sprangers

Northwestern University
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering

“My work ethic and core values learned in the military allowed me to get where I am today.”

With a desire to help, make a difference and save lives, Anthony joined the Army in 2003 at the age of 18, with aspirations of becoming a medic. After serving five years, including two tours in Iraq, Anthony was transformed both physically and mentally, motivating him to go where he needed to be successful – the library. Graduating with honors in Scientific Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anthony’s core values and discipline learned in the military allowed him to get to where he is today – currently working towards a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. Still, in the medical field, Anthony is working with nanoparticle therapeutics, trying to save lives from a more technical standpoint.

Now in graduate school pursuing his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and working towards a career in academia, Anthony one day aspires to be a professor – allowing him to teach and mentor future scientists both in the classroom and research lab. Anthony’s passion for teaching stemmed from when he first became an Army Instructor and was assigned to teach at the Jameson Combat Medic Training Center during his second tour in Iraq. With time Anthony fell in love with teaching and was honored to have been given the opportunity to teach students and convey knowledge that one day could save a life.