I want to continue doing research on brain activity or work on projects to develop new medical systems for the brain.

Joep Stevens, student

Student Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with the specializations Medical Image Analysis and Signal Processing Systems.

Joep Stevens

Master: Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Specialization: Medical Image Analysis and Signal Processing Systems
Previous education: Bachelor Biomedical Engineering at the TU/e
Started with the Master in September 2015

Why did you choose these Masters?

During the Bachelor BMT I enjoyed making a software program in the project Medical Image Analysis and I was able to measure my brain activity with fMRI during the final project of Imaging. This last project interested me greatly, therefore I knew I wanted to continue to work on this subject. I contacted the teacher and he provided me with the information I needed. Furthermore, I went to see an academic advisor because of my very broad interest.

Because I was interested in the Master Biomedical Engineering and the Master Electrical Engineering I ended up choosing them both. The brain is a fascinating and complex structure which inspires me. The Master specializations Medical Image Analysis and Signal Processing Systems give me the knowledge to understand the signal processing in the brain and to make several structures within the brain visible with imaging techniques. 

Which courses and projects did you choose?

The courses I have chosen during my BME Master program are mostly in the field of image analysis. Additionally, I follow courses of the clinical physics program and a course about Molecular Biosensing. I chose the course on biosensing, because the subject of my Bachelor’s End Project was measuring with single protein resolution DNA origami scaffolds using Atomic Force Microscopy.

The courses in the Electrical Engineering Master program were more predetermined. The optional courses I chose are all based on signal processing and how to implement this from the brain into a system (Intelligent Architectures).

Both Masters contain an internship; I would like to combine these two internships in one project about both specializations. 

What do you like about Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering?

The university offers a broad scope of different courses to choose from. This enables you to do courses in different fields and to expand your knowledge in your field of interest, which in my case is understanding the signal processing and visualization of the human brain. I will be able to combine the knowledge of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering which will prepare me for a career on the interface of these fields of engineering.

What will be your graduation project?

My graduation project will take 1 year (60 ECTS) for both specializations; the subject has still to be determined.

Would you like to continue your research career with a PhD or PDEng?

A PhD after my graduation does not suit me, because I would like to work in a company which is specialized in health care systems.

Where would you like to work in the future?

After my graduation I would like to work in a company specialized in health care systems. I want to continue doing research on brain activity or work on projects to develop new medical systems for the brain. The TU/e offers a lot of career perspective activities. I want to join these career events later on in my Master. I hope this will give me more insight and better chances to find a job soon after graduation.

What did you do next to your study?

I play tennis at the student’s tennis association E.S.T. Fellenoord and participate in the indoor soccer competition with friends from Biomedical Engineering. I am also a member of multiple committees within E.S.T. Fellenoord, in which I help with bringing in new sponsors and organizing tennis events, like competitions and tournaments. Furthermore, I have a small business in stringing rackets for tennis players and I give BME workshops at the TU/e for high school students to promote engineering.

 

January 2016