Biomedical Engineering 2024

Erin ZhongHi there! I’m Erin, a 2A biomedical engineering student graduating in 2024! I was just in your shoes, thinking about which university to go to, not too long ago! This is such an exciting and amazing time; I hope you join the fun here at Waterloo!

Waterloo Engineering in one word:

Exciting!

I choose Waterloo Engineering because:

I wanted to be challenged! Waterloo Engineering has really strong academics and also encourages growth in personal development and career! There may be some hard times, but the cohort system and community make Waterloo home! I also love the spirit and traditions that the faculty has, and we cannot forget the amazing coop program!

The best thing about my program is:

The design courses! To my surprise, my program has a strong emphasis in design, and I did not know I have a strong interest in it, until first year! Each year we have a design project and I can’t wait to see how we can apply what we learn, to solve real life problems!

About my Co-op experience:

The great thing about coop is that you can apply to whatever type of job you want! So far, I have completed one coop at Bombardier Aerospace as a Project Engineering intern! Although I am a BME student, I had such a cool opportunity to broaden my horizons in aerospace and to my surprise, there are a lot of similarities in aerospace and the biomedical field! In both, you have the big responsibility of people’s lives, therefore a lot of the certification processes are similar. I was also able to develop a lot of transferrable skills as a project engineering intern as project management applies to essentially every field!

I wish I had known before I came:

Your high school studying techniques probably won’t work for university. Do not spend all your time rewriting notes! Rather, make summary notes and make sure you do the practice problems as that is much more important! Everyone has a studying technique that works for them and you’d have to figure it out yourself. Remember work smarter, not harder. (but work hard too!) And try your best to not fall behind!

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:

The Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference! I’m part of the organizing team for CUTC which is a tech conference hosted by a group of university students from across Canada! Check us out at cutc.ca! Also, I met a lot of great people from being a part of the Korean Christian Fellowship on campus! I’m also involved in the Biotron design team, 3D printing prosthetic arms and engineering ambassadors, meeting awesome prospective students!

A fun project I’ve completed:

In BME 161, which is a course in our first term, we learned about biomedical design. The bulk of the course was a design project to create a device or solution to help disabled people accomplish a daily activity! My group and I went with blind people and cooking! We created this mat with tactile feedback for blind chefs! It was so much fun going through the process of determining a problem space, all the way to producing prototypes and testing them!

One more thing about me:

With my first coop paycheck, I bought myself a skateboard to pass time during quarantine! It is very out of my comfort zone, but it is currently my favourite thing! I can’t wait to spend a summer term in Waterloo and skate on campus!

Contact me: e2zhong@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo