The University of Newcastle, Australia

As she embarks on her first year of a Bachelor of Medical Engineering, Lauren is hoping to learn how science and technology can be used to help people and solve real-world problems.

“I’ve always loved problem-solving and thinking creatively or abstractly. When the medical engineering program was announced as a new degree at the University of Newcastle, I was instantly interested as it incorporated health, technology and most importantly helping others.

“I previously studied speech pathology and that really sparked my interest in using the Bachelor of Medical Engineering to solve health-related disorders or diseases in regard to cognition and communication,” said Lauren.

For Lauren, the degree has already opened up opportunities for her to learn things she never thought she would and make valuable connections with industry.

“Studying something I’m passionate about has really inspired me to push myself to my full potential.

“It’s opened me up to learning new things, in particular how I can utilise my creativity and interest in math and science in a productive way to help others.

“The practical hands-on learning is vital when it comes to understanding engineering, and the variety of majors and electives means I’m able to focus on areas that I’m interested in like health and cognitive issues.

“I’ve also had the opportunity to network with technology and engineering companies – developing connections that will be useful for when I venture into working life,” added Lauren.

Even though she still has a few years of study left, Lauren has a clear direction of where she wants her career to go in the future.

“I’m very interested in brain cognition, communication and speech technology, and the use of artificial organs or prosthetic limbs.

“I really want to focus on the programming side of these devices, and through my degree, I hope to better understand how these technologies work together and how they can be used to assist people with communication issues,” concluded Lauren.

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Lauren Townsend

Even though she still has a few years of study left, Lauren has a clear direction of where she wants her career to go in the future.

The practical hands-on learning is vital when it comes to understanding engineering, and the variety of majors and electives means I’m able to focus on areas that I’m interested in like health and cognitive issues.