Carolyn Ren, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and a member of the University’s Status of Women and Equity Committee and the Engineering Council, was recently featured in a book published by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM). The book, Women of Innovation, details the stories of 20 inspiring engineers who overcame adversity and excelled in their careers.
In Women of Innovation, Carolyn is recognized for holding three patents and for being an internationally-recognized expert in microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip devices, electrokinetics, and interfacial phenomena. The book discusses the various corporations Carolyn has founded, as well as the multiple awards she has won. An excerpt from the book and an interview with Carolyn can be found here.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you think it, just do it. You have a different perspective. Build a team and do the work.
Women of Innovation was written by Mary Wells, a previous professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Anne Millar, a postdoctoral fellow in the same department.