Introduce yourself briefly:
Hey, I’m Furqan Syed! I am in 2B Biomedical Engineering expected to graduate in 2022.
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
I fit in here. I went to many different open houses before coming to Waterloo and none of them felt right. As soon as I went to the Waterloo Engineering open house, I knew it was the place for me.
The best thing about my program is:
Small cohort sizes with a focus on Biomedical Engineering throughout all the courses. Whether we are programming or learning about signals, the classes always try to keep it relevant to Biomed.
About my Co-op experience:
My most recent co-op experience was at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). I worked with the team to manage and optimize their clinically stored data on REDCap. It was really cool to interact with some of the patients and learn some data best practices.
I wish I had known before I came:
To work smart, not hard. With so many different projects and assignments, managing your time and working smartly saves you a lot of stress!
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
KWSIM – Kitchener Waterloo Society for Innovation in Medicine is a group of healthcare and STEM students looking to connect people in these backgrounds for meaningful conversation, empower students to be a driving force in medical technology, and collaborate with local initiatives to identify and solve real world problems.
A fun project I’ve completed:
Was a Handwritten Digit Recognizer machine learning project. You write a number on a UI and with a little bit of machine learning the system returns the number you wrote in.
One more thing about me:
In between school and co-op, I am an active video gamer and love to cook!