Name: Leah Davis
Program: Biomedical Engineering
Specialty Program: Biomedical Engineering Co-Op
Expected year of graduation: 2023
Institution: University of Guelph
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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?:Extremely passionate, driven, strives for balance.
Share one fun fact about yourself: I have been to the Winter Olympics! It was an excellent memory, and I loved the bobsled and ski jumping events!
What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?: Graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in engineering is my first priority as it opens up many other opportunities for future careers and plans. Achieving my professional engineering accreditation and exploring and being open to any new and exciting avenues are exciting possibilities for the future. Biomedical engineering continues to change the medical landscape and develops more every year. Who knows what innovation will come from it in the next five years!
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........?: In high school, I had a wonderful mathematics teacher who took her undergraduate degree in civil engineering and decided to follow her passion and teach. She was always an inspiration to me as she not only helped foster my love of math, but she supported all women entering STEM and finding a passion for it. While deciding university options, I always went back to her in my senior year, to ask her questions about engineering and how she found it. I will always thank her for being one of my mentors!
Why did you choose your program of study?: In my senior year of high school, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to study or where, but I enjoyed STEM related subjects the most. My passion for math and biology led me to explore Biomedical Engineering. It was also important to me to have several career paths after I completed post-secondary. Biomedical Engineering encompassed all of these ideas, as it explores the applications of design in medicine using engineering principles. Engineering also held a camaraderie that I’ve heard about from those who have taken it previously, and I really wanted to be in a program that held that level of support.
What has been your favourite course (in Engineering) and why?: My favourite course so far would be Calculus II. I had a great professor who was extremely enthusiastic about the course making it a fun experience to learn. It was a challenging course; however, the course involved the epitome of problem-solving, oftentimes combining many chapters of content into one question. The class has mental math challenges weekly to encourage a small break and bring the class together. We were taught some really interesting math applications including talks about disease and biology, as well as heat transfer and mechanics problems. Overall, it was a great experience and getting to be a part of it made me love mathematics even more. All mathematics courses I have taken so far have been really enjoyable!
What has been the best part of your Engineering education to date?: The support that encompasses engineering has been extraordinary to be a part of with the others at my school. I have found that my classmates really encourage each other to be their best and truly help you with whatever problems you have. There is a strong sense of friendship that makes taking a difficult degree much easier. In return, it feels good to support others that have helped you when they need it.
What do you hope to do after you graduate?: After I graduate, I hope to earn my professional engineering designation and gain experience in the field. Afterwards, being a professor in engineering has always been a career that has appealed to me and I would take all necessary higher education required if I am still interested in pursuing this after graduation.