As a central value to Nora Swimwear, the blog will be used weekly to feature and celebrate women who are doing something they are proud of.
This week is Biomedical Engineering grad student Katie Wilson, who is following her passion to help people through prosthetic research.
Tell us about yourself
I am a 23 year old graduate student at UNB studying in the field of Biomedical Engineering. I also spend some time working at the Stan Cassidy Center for Rehabilitation.
What is your favourite thing to do?
Traveling! I went to Costa Rica a few weeks ago, and Las Vegas last year. I love trying new things and experiences new places.
What do you love about prosthetics?
I love contributing to the research at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering because I get to meet individuals with amputations on a weekly basis, and they always have amazing attitudes about life. It makes me appreciate the ability to complete simple every day tasks that many people wouldn't think twice about, like tying a shoe or dressing yourself.
Did you always want to do what you're doing?
I always knew my passion was to help people in some way, but I was also very interested in math and science. Biomedical Engineering combined those things, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do something I love every day!
Tell us about the project your working on
Currently I am working on creating a model which will help predict better solutions for myoelectric prostheses. A myoelectric prosthesis is a prosthetic device that uses signals from your muscles to control the device. The goal of my research is to work on making the movements of the prosthetic hand as similar and intuitive as possible to moving a real intact hand.
If you had to say something to women pursuing engineering, what would you say?
It can be intimidating to work in a male-dominated field, but I've only had good experiences. If you have a passion for something, you shouldn't let anything hold you back from pursuing it.
Why did you choose the to study at UNB?
UNB is really well known for its engineering program. I was blown away with how much UNB has contributed to the upper limb prostheses research around the world. When I was offered an opportunity to do research here, I knew it was where I was meant to be.
Your favourite Nora Swim:
I love the tallulah for its minimalism and sporty fit, but I also love the unique marble pattern of the Luna!
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--- xx, the nora team