Wanting a broad career in science, technology, engineering and maths, Philip Nguyen was drawn to biomedical engineering. He hopes to work in research, development and eventually entrepreneurship.
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (Honours)
My internship in Germany and time with Bürkert Fluid Control Systems was a rewarding experience. The work I did was meaningful, and everyone I met was genuine. I learned things about myself, and took home invaluable lessons I will never forget.
I decided to study biomedical engineering because it encompasses all areas of study across engineering and science and chose RMIT because it demands that undergraduates pursue opportunities to undertake work integrated learning within their industry.
The highlight of my studies has been my third year project. I planned, designed, manufactured by hand, marketed, presented and then reported on an integrated electronic device half the size of a credit card with accompanying software. With the help and support of my academic supervisors, university staff and my seniors, it was extremely rewarding to see an entire project through and being responsible for the entire product development process.
As part of my studies I was selected and took part in the Australian-German Study Centre for Optofluidics and Nanophotonics (SCON) program at the Institute for Optofluidics and Nanophotonics (IONAS) where I was given the opportunity to live and work in Germany for four months. The work itself was challenging, required initiative and creative input from me. There I designed and assembled an automated measurement system for testing nano-photonic devices – laying the foundation for my final-year project of designing, manufacturing and testing my own.
I was also awarded an industry sponsored scholarship which includes undertaking a research program in addition to an internship.
After graduating I intend to pursue a master’s degree in Japan, followed by some years working in the industry in R&D.