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Women in Biomedical Engineering

Meet some of the women in our division and learn what fascinates them in biomedical engineering.

Leanne Haworth (PhD Student): I chose the field of biomedical engineering because I am fascinated by the way the principles of mechanical engineering can be adapted to work within a living environment, and can be used to improve the function and quality of life. Nicola Embling (MSc Student): The reason I chose to do biomedical engineering is because it's the perfect amalgamation of innovative engineering and passion in helping the human body function at its optimum.

Chipo Chimhundu (Research Coordinator): Biomedical engineering is the privilege to apply engineering principles to aid understanding of the sacred creation that is the human body. It also makes a great conversation starter! Kylie de Jager (Postdoctoral Research Fellow): An inquiring mind, attention to detail and the opportunity to explore technological solutions for problems laid the foundations for a career in engineering research. Combining this with a love of biology lead me to biomedical engineering. The perfect blend of all my interests.

Megan Findlay (MPhil Student) Juliet Nagawa (PhD Student): I think science is a way to use facts or evidence to precisely understand and solve challenges. "Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character." (Albert Einstein)
Omowumi Inyang (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) Leah Morgan (MSc Student): BME is a great degree to study for people who want their work to have a very real and practical application in society. Not only can you develop sound scientific investigation methods and analytical skills which prepare you for the challenges of any work environment which you might enter in future, but there is also a level of satisfaction in being able to help people and improve their quality of life.
Frances Robertson (Research Officer) Ghodeejah Higgins (MSc Student): It is not the mere acquisition of knowledge that should impress you, but rather the application thereof. A career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has provided me with a platform to realize exciting and innovative, yet practical ways to solve problems that we face in our daily lives.
Shay Rajavel (BSc Student): As a leader in STEM, my mother has inspired many women, including myself, to be ambitious, driven, and proud of their capabilities; as a biomedical engineer and future entrepreneur, I want to inspire young girls and women to take charge and impact the healthcare technology industry with their leadership, insight, and intelligence. Jill Fortuin (Lecturer)
Lee Kruse (MSc Student): The field of Biomedical Engineering allows you to study some of the most intelligent and complex natural engineering systems; such as the human body. I’m always humbled by mankind’s attempt at emulating these biological systems. Care Swanepoel (Electronic Engineer and MSc Student): A keen interest in finding logical and feasible solutions to real-world problems and a passion for understanding the human body lead me to Biomedical Engineering. It has allowed me to merge my passions, skills and interests in an field that seeks to improve the lives of many through the application of innovative technologies.
Riham Ahmed (PhD Student): I am motivated by current advancement and fields that integrates both computing and mathematics to solve physical and engineering problems. Since I started working with models from my undergraduate, I realized that it can be extended further to solve engineering problems. I am impressed by the work going on in biomedical engineering and I would love to be a part of the team and make productive contributions.