Initially Kate Firipis wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to study, but she’s since discovered she’s keen to make an impact on the quality of Australia’s healthcare through Biomedical Engineering.
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (Honours)
So far the highlight of my degree has been the exposure to industry. Our student society (BERSS) holds industry networking events, which are a great place to build valuable connections.
When I was finishing high school, I was interested in science and engineering, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to study. I’d heard good things about engineering at RMIT because of the connections to industry, and ended up being offered a place in biomedical engineering. It’s turned out better than I expected because I get to make cool things that have the potential to increase the efficiency of our healthcare system.
In biomedical engineering, you can specialise in everything from the fabrication of 3D nano scaffolds for tissue engineering, to designing a program that diagnoses heart issues, to prosthetics that feel and act like real limbs.
I’ve found that RMIT has great student support initiatives, including opportunities to work on campus, and to learn leadership and networking skills. The University also has noteworthy facilities for biomedical engineering like the MicroNano Research Facility and gait analysis lab.
So far the highlight of my degree has been the exposure to industry. Our lecturers work in the industry, so they are able to bring real world knowledge into the classroom. And our student society (BERSS) holds industry networking events, which are a great place to build valuable connections.
At the moment I’m undertaking an internship at Western Health Hospital where I’m researching and fabricating a lung simulator to reduce waste in anaesthetic machines. It’s been a valuable experience as I now know the role a biomedical engineer plays in a hospital.