Inspired Staff: Why I got into Biomedical Engineering
"If there is a will, there is a way to achieve your dreams!"
"I always had a great interest in becoming a medical doctor and working with patients, right from a very young age. With a keen interest in the medical profession, I did science, maths and computer science in my A levels. However, due to financial constraints, I was only able to undertake an Engineering degree – an undergraduate degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering back in 2000-2004. Nevertheless, the passion continued within me and, fortunately, during the final year of my undergraduate engineering I came across a core module called ‘Biomedical Instrumentation’. This then persuaded me to further explore and undertake the essential master’s level and doctoral level qualifications in Biomedical Engineering. Consequently, I’ve been able to work very closely with various medical professionals and develop engineering solution to problems identified at the patients’ end – in other words, if there is a will there is always a way to achieve your dreams!”
Vivek Indramohan, Programme Director for Biomedical Engineering
"I can't think of anything more fulfilling"
"I became a Biomedical Engineer because I have always wanted to help people especially patients.
At I decided I did not want to become a doctor and since my favourite subjects were design, mathematics and physics I looked into a career in architecture. However, following discussions with it soon became apparent that I preferred a career with more variety.
Thus, I decided on an engineering product design course. This course involved designing everything from kids’ toys to cars. In the second year of the degree, a surgeon presented a project brief to redesign gall stone forceps. That was when I began to appreciate and understand the contributions engineers made to the healthcare industry. All the hospital equipment and devices, surgical instruments, implants and rehabilitation devices (prosthetics, orthotics) at one stage or another had some input from a design, mechanical or electronics engineer. It was in the process of undertaking this project I realised what I wanted most of all was to give people the ability to do things that they otherwise will not have been able to do – whether it was to help an amputee run or a surgeon perform an intricate procedure otherwise impossible to perform with human precision.
As a Biomedical professional, I have to be able to think outside the box, to apply engineering principles (both mechanical and electronics) and the very latest in technology and computer science to solving healthcare challenges. After my degree, I developed these skills further by completing an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics) and doctorate (PhD.) in biomedical engineering. My educational path was very much intertwined with a career path of at least ten years working with industrial experts in engineering design mainly in the rail and building consultancy industries.
Now my experiences and the skills I have developed along the way enable me to teach and work in a field that requires me to cross disciplines in numerous ways in order to provide solutions that help improve patients’ lives – I can’t think of anything more fulfilling."
Bisola Mutingwende, Biomedical Sciences