B Mechanical Engineering/ M Biomedical Engineering
What made you study at UNSW in the first place?
UNSW has a great reputation for being one of the best Australian universities, especially for engineering. With world class facilities, research equipment and professional teaching staff, it was an easy choice in choosing UNSW to continue my studies. UNSW also offers a wide range of engineering degrees, from Mechanical, Electrical and Biomedical. It even let me combine degrees- Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.
Why did you choose Biomedical Engineering?
Growing up, I was always interested in the human body and I was also good at maths. Instead of choosing only one of these avenues to study, I was found a course that combined both: Biomedical Engineering!
Best of both worlds
A Biomedical Engineer has the best of both worlds and has a wider field of knowledge than a Mechanical or Chemical Engineer. This definitely gives you more employment opportunities and there is a certain prestige in completing a double degree with Biomedical Engineering. The Biomedical laboratories are very sophisticated and the teaching staff are very friendly and eager to help.
What’s in your future?
After completing an internship at ResMed, I now WORK at ResMed in the manufacturing side of things (side note: since this interview, Risto has been very busy with the new products and has now transitioned to another team which he is super excited about. His new job title is Supplier Quality Engineer). I would also be open to Postgraduate research at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. I had a great experience doing my thesis!
Advice to new students
Pick a degree you are interested in and you will enjoy, make lots of new friends, ask lecturers for help if you need it, be eager to learn many new things and above all, have fun and get the maximum university experience possible!