What inspired you to choose Biomedical Engineering at University of Glasgow?
My route into Biomedical Engineering is unorthodox as I originally decided to pursue a degree in Anatomy at UofG as a route into medicine. I have always been interested in STEM, however, after spending the majority of my life caring for my grandparents with a range of healthcare needs, I wanted to help people in a medical environment. At school, I thoroughly enjoyed Maths & Physics, taking both to advanced higher, as well as excelling at Graphic Communication, involving CAD work. I never considered myself as an engineer and was unaware that Biomedical Engineering existed until I started at UofG!
What do you love most about your subject?
I love that Biomedical Engineering is relatively new and rapidly expanding. It involves applying engineering solutions to medical problems, therefore, the course covers a variety of technologies such as bionic limbs for rehabilitation, fabrication of artificial organs, medical imaging techniques and design of medical devices. It’s all about inventing or improving methods of diagnosing and treating problems in healthcare. I’ve witnessed first-hand the positive impact that advancements in medical technology has had on my relatives and it is exciting to be involved in that.
What do you hope to do in the future?
I will graduate from university early Summer 2020 then I hope to go into industry. Being able to help people is my main motive and I hope to apply my skills and knowledge to achieve this. I am most interested in the work of medical device or bionics companies and hope to work as an engineer developing new methods and products to improve lives.
Why is being a Champion for women in STEM important for you?
As well as being a Champion for Equate Scotland, I am President of the Female Engineering Society at university. The combination of these of these roles allow me to act as a positive role model for the younger generation and support current female STEM students. I am passionate about outreach and often visit my old high school to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers in general as well as introducing them to Biomedical Engineering. At university, I appreciate the importance of having a good support network and I appreciate the opportunity to expand my network by supporting fellow student champions from institutions across Scotland.
Advice you would give to other women in STEM
It is tiring hearing things such as “you don’t look like an engineer!” or seeing a look of surprise on a face when you tell someone you’re interested in science. Don’t give in to stereotypes and misconceptions. An engineer at an event I attended told us that we had to accept being ‘one of the lads’ and advised against wearing make-up or skirts. I completely disagree – the best advice I can give is to be yourself!