I think working in a hospital or a company being the connection between the medical professional and the patients would fit me.

Carlijn Bakker, student

Student Medical Engineering with the specialization Medical Image Analysis.

Carlijn Bakker

MasterMedical Engineering
SpecializationMedical Image Analysis
Previous education: Bachelor Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam
Started with the Master in September 2015

Why did you choose this Master?

During my Bachelor Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam I recognized the study was very interesting, but I missed more technical courses. Therefore I knew I had to go to a technical university for my Master. I was interested in the combination of medical and technical subjects which is possible in a Master like (Bio)Medical Engineering; these type of Masters are available in Enschede, Delft and Eindhoven. Enschede was not an option because it was too far away from Amsterdam, the place I moved to during my Bachelor and where I wanted to stay. So I had to choose between Eindhoven and Delft. Eindhoven attracted me the most because I could choose the Master Medical Engineering which is more clinical than Biomedical Engineering.

I chose the specialization Medical Image Analysis, because this direction interested me the most. The subjects were very diverse, from mechanics and mathematics to neuroscience, pathology and the anatomy of the human body. The most interesting courses during my Master are the course anatomy, neuroscience and clinical movement analysis, and the more technical courses like biomechanics and the simulation of nerve, muscle, skeletal systems. My graduation professor is prof. dr. Josien Pluim.

To inform myself about the Masters I first looked at the website of the TU/e. Then I visited a Master event of the TU/e, where I joined the meeting of (Bio)Medical Engineering. 

Which courses and projects did you choose?

Because I did not follow the BMT Bachelor’s program, I had to do the course Medical Image Analysis, a third year Bachelor elective. From the specialization courses, I chose many courses on medical image analysis, because my background knowledge on the other subjects was often insufficient. Next to the specialization courses, I followed the course Management of Product Development which is something completely different, but it was very interesting to gain knowledge on such a different subject.Furthermore, I am busy arranging an internship abroad in June and July 2016.

What do you like about Medical Engineering?

What I like about this Master is the combination of technical and medical aspects. The application of techniques to medical issues ensures that your focus is not just on the exact sciences but also on the application. Furthermore I like the opportunity for an internship, because my Bachelor did not give me much practical experience.

What will be your graduation project?

I do not know what the subject of my graduation project will be. I guess it will be something with Image Analysis, but the exact direction I do not know yet. I think I like to do my graduation project in the hospital. 

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

Right now I do not think I will continue my career with a PhD of a PDEng. I do not like the idea of working on only one subject for a long time and I do not know if I would like to do research for such a long time.

Where would you like to work in the future?

I am not sure where I want to work after my Master. I think working in a hospital or a company, being the connection between the medical professional and the patients, would fit me. I have not joined any career perspective activities yet, but the next time I plan to join a career event

What did you do next to your study?

Besides studying, I play korfball in the Korfball League with AW.DTV in Amsterdam and I also play the piano. During my Bachelor, I have joined a committee for three years to make a magazine for the study association of Human Movement Sciences. I am also organizing a symposium in May 2016 with the symposium committee of study association Protagoras.


January 2016