Biomedical Engineering 2021

Julianna DownesHey! I’m Julianna, a biomedical engineering student graduating in 2021. I’m super excited to get to show you what Waterloo Engineering is all about! I’ve done multiple co-ops in many different fields and roles, as well as multiple extracurriculars such as design teams, intramurals, and Orientation Leader during my time here. Other than that, I love watching TV shows and playing video games with my friends!

Waterloo Engineering in one word: 

Teamwork

I choose Waterloo Engineering because: 

The co-op program gives the ability to work at 6 different companies, in different roles, which would help me decide what I really wanted to do. Also, the cohort system with small class sizes sounded great.

The best thing about my program is:

The ability to take classes from many different fields, from mechanical, to electrical, and biology, to get those base skills, so you can work in the field you really want. 

About my Co-op experience: 

I’ve worked in many different fields, from automotive, to robotics, doing mechanical, electrical and software engineering. My final coop is at a biomedical device company doing electrical engineering. 

I wish I had known before I came: 

How much I would rely on my classmates. Sometimes, you may not be great in a class, while some of your classmates may be pros in it, and vice versa. By helping each other with assignments and studying, really strengthens the bond of the class. 

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with: 

Biomechatronics design team, Engineering Orientation Leader, Intramurals

A fun project I’ve completed: 

In BME, we have big design projects every year, which is super fun and you learn a lot. One of my favourite design projects was designing a device to help with Freeze of Gait, which is something that occurs with Parkinson’s. It was super fun to work with my classmates to figure out how to design and build this device, while also learning about the disease and the design process. 

One more thing about me: 

I love playing board games and video games with my friends, and I am really competitive while playing.

Contact me: jmdownes@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo