Name: Annabelle Pundaky
Program: Mechatronics Engineering
Degree you are studying toward: Bachelor of Mechatronics Systems Engineering and Honours Business Specialization
Expected year of graduation: 2024
Institution: Western University
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Fun Facts About Me
If your best friend had to describe you in 10 words or less, what would they say?:Extroverted, cheerful and a leader.
Share one fun fact about yourself: I have competed in a handful of surf competitions abroad.
What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?: My summer experience working on making a cost-effective version of an Automated breast ultrasounds, a proven more accurate breast cancer detection method, taught me the significance of making a positive impact in society in my future career. In ten years, I hope to have successfully completed the Mechatronics HBA dual degree and have a job in medical technology innovation. I hope to be engaged in a work project that inspires me to design something new that makes a difference in society. In the medical field, significant advances are made each decade. I predict that the field of Mechatronics will expand and continue to hold a larger part of the advances made in medicine. The core of who I am is a life-long learner, in ten years I hope to continue exploring, broadening my horizons and interests through varying experiences such as travel, work and networking.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........?: Ever since I was in grade 2 I have said I wanted to be an engineer because I always looked up to my family friend who is an engineer. He always told me that there was a significant deficit of women in engineering and being in the program now, this definitely holds true. As someone who always seeks to redefine the norm, he inspired me to pursue engineering. He continues to inspire me to advocate for women in engineering through various opportunities like these!
Why did you choose your program of study?: With two summers of work experience at Robarts Research Institute and a passion for business, I developed strong career aspirations in medical technology development. Throughout my experience I worked alongside software, electrical and mechanical engineers. When choosing a discipline, I came to realize that Mechatronics Systems Engineering degree provided me with the most useful knowledge for a career in medical technology development. Mechatronics combines components of mechanical, electrical and software enabling graduates to partake in the whole process of innovation.
What has been your favourite course (in Engineering) and why?: My favourite course in first year engineering would have to be Calculus. Throughout high school calculus was my strongest subject, naturally making it my favourite course. I had a great professor in first year that made every attending every class very enjoyable. The use of calculus in almost every other course within engineering makes it fascinating to learn.
What has been the best part of your Engineering education to date?: The best part of my engineering education would have to be the motivating, reliable and fun community that I became part of. The collaborative nature of engineering enabled me to make lifelong friendships! Constantly being surrounded by like-minded peers motivates you to a path of success. With good friends, any obstacle engineering puts forth can be overcome!
What do you hope to do after you graduate?: After I graduate, I hope to begin a career in medical technology development.