Matthew Ko

Biomedical Engineering 2027
Matthew Ko

Introduce yourself briefly: 

Hi I’m Matthew, I am a 1B Biomedical Engineering  Student at Waterloo. I enjoy swimming, rock climbing, cooking, music, and  traveling. 

Waterloo Engineering in one word: 


I choose Waterloo Engineering because: 

Of the unique direct entry, the co-op  integration, and how it challenges me to improve. 

The best thing about my program is: 

Biomedical Engineering is a small cohort of  students, so every term you are with the same group for every class. It is a great  way to make new friends in this tight knit community. 

About my Co-op experience: 

I am currently on my co-op search term, which is a  bit daunting at first. But I took a step back and realized I only need to worry  about how I express myself and don’t need to worry about others and how  many applicants there are for a job you are interested in. It can be easy to get  caught up in the application frenzy but don’t worry, take your time. 

I wish I had known before I came: 

How to relax/handle stress a bit better. I came  into Waterloo thinking if I do all the homework, attend all club and design team  meetings, and all the office hours I would be great, but soon enough my first set  of midterms came by, and I was stressed. Luckily the friends I made here dragged  me to do activities outside of academics, and that’s when I started to feel a  balance between my academics and social life here at Waterloo. 

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with: 

Rock Climbing at the Physical Activities  Complex (PAC), swimming, squash, Waterloo’s Biomechatronic Design Team, as  well as being an Engineering Ambassador.

A fun project I’ve completed: 

Coding a “B-Mode Ultrasound Imaging” Project in  my 1A BME 121 Digital Computation course. Going into BME, I had bit of coding  experience, so I did run into a couple of obstacles when learning in this course, but it was always so satisfying to see a code that I create work and produce a final  product, which in this case was an ultrasound image. 

One more thing about me: 

I am a bit of a foodie, so I do know my way around  food options around Waterloo both near campus or with a commute.

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