Sunil Patel - BE (Ceramic Engineering) / MBiomed

What are you doing now and what are the highlights of your job?

I work in the Implantable Bionics laboratory at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW. I enjoy using my training in materials to select appropriate materials for designs and developing joining processes to assemble them into prototypes.

What was the best thing about your course?

During my course I had the chance to learn about ancient and old technology that enabled industrialisation as well as to learn about current research that will enable futuristic technology.

Can you tell any funny stories about Biomedical Engineers?

Not all engineers like people!  They like things.  Case in point: two of my colleagues abandoned a Friday night drinking session recently in order to go back to the lab and design a special dart that is used by the Brotherhood in the computer game 'Assassin's Creed'.    Their aim is first to design it, (it replaces the ring finger, and can be used to assassinate), then make a prototype.  They have just about finished the design stage.

Any tips for future students?

Be open minded about what career path you would like to follow.

What are your passions outside of biomed?

I like live music, good books and shiny things.