Biomedical Engineering 2024

Hi, my name is Rebecca! I'm a biomedical engineering student in the class of 2024! 

Rebecca Ma

Waterloo Engineering in one word:

Inspiring

I choose Waterloo Engineering because:

I want to bridge the gaps between medicine and technology. Waterloo engineering provides the perfect foundation to develop all the necessary skills in order to come up with innovative solutions to real world problems. I really like the 2 full years of work experience as it gives me a chance to explore different fields and find out specifically what I am interested in.

The best thing about my program is:

Definitely the tight knit community. I was able to make a solid group of BME friends to share great memories with, whether that be through cramming for exams the day before or attending social events over the weekend. Just having the constant support and encouragement has been really great!

About my Co-op experience:

I am currently working remotely as a Mobile Application Developer at a startup in Toronto! The goal is to provide situational awareness using AI technologies for the hard of hearing community; the user will receive visual and vibrating alerts in real-time to sounds (e.g., fire alarms, sirens) detected in the nearby environment. This job is challenging and unique because all communication is done online but I've been learning a lot and really using this as an opportunity to strengthen my programming skills.

I wish I had known before I came:

Don’t be afraid to try new things and broaden your network. Sometimes it takes courage to show up at an unfamiliar event or send that initial email. Don’t worry about what the other side might think of you as the worst possible outcome is rejection, which is just a part of growth and something we all have to go through to become successful.

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:

Biomechatronics Club! I love how there are so many subdivisions on the team so there's really something for everyone. Outside of school, I like to challenge myself by participating in hackathons with friends (because who needs sleep anyways)!

One more thing about me:

I love to read outside and play piano in my free time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding engineering or anything in general!

Contact me: r69ma@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo