Hey I'm Duru! I grew up here in Waterloo, often taking part in STEM camps and UW programming clubs, which is where my love for science and technology came from. I've always known I wanted to help people and build stuff so engineering at Waterloo was the dream. In biomed eng, I am constantly learning new things and getting excited for the projects that lie ahead. In my spare time, I like to play tennis, solve Rubiks cubes, juggle and skate.
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
It has a successful co-op program, a strong reputation among employers, an impressive group of instructors and very nice, new, shiny buildings (aka E7! my home away from home)
The best thing about my program is:
First year has got a whole lot of variety, some coding, some physics, some math and some 3D modeling! I like how we form a solid foundation of engineering concepts before getting into specialized courses later on in the years.
About my Co-op experience:
I am currently in co-op (summer 2020). It's a remote job, I have multiple online meetings a day, I schedule my work times and breaks accordingly and I spend most of my time doing research and planning for how we can ensure the upcoming bme/syde students have a smooth transition into their first term. I would say I've mostly improved my organization skills, analytical reasoning skills, researching skills and creative brainstorming skills so far.
I wish I had known before I came:
Finding co-op placements really takes 100% effort, either you're in it to win or you come out with nothing.
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
Volunteering at the Centre for International Governance Innovation campus up in Waterloo, as well as the Waterloo Region Library. I am active member of Lions International, aiding with service projects, sitting on international panels and organizing nation wide retreats for young community leaders.
One more thing about me:
I am quite fond of cowboy hats.