During the Bachelor it is important to look around and try to figure out what you want to achieve; you should already start to think about your Master’s choice.

Bram Somers, student

Student Biomedical Engineering with the specialization Chemical Biology.

Bram Somers

MasterBiomedical Engineering
Specialization: Chemical Biology
Previous education: Bachelor Biomedical Engineering at the TU/e
Started with the Master in September 2015

Why did you choose this Master?

During the Bachelor, it is important to look around and try to figure out what you want to achieve; you should already start to think about your Master’s choice. I think it is important to discover subjects you like and to get your hands on a challenging and interesting Bachelor’s End Project (BEP). This will kick start your Master when you continue in the field of research where you completed your BEP. 

I wanted to focus more on the biomolecular aspects, therefore I chose the Master Biomedical Engineering. After attending several career orientation events, meetings organized by study associationProtagoras, and information meetings from the department, I chose the Research profile. I wanted to lay emphasis on my Master’s thesis instead of doing extra courses or extending my internship. 

Which courses and projects did you choose?

I compiled a list of courses that interested me and discussed this with my mentor. The product was a list of courses for specialization in the chemical and computational field which can be incorporated into my research within the group Protein Engineering, led by prof. dr. Maarten Merkx.

What do you like about your Master Biomedical Engineering?

The Master gives you more freedom in choosing the path that fits your personality, skills and interests. I found a graduation project that challenges me to learn and develop different skills. You also get the chance to see some other departments as you are obliged to follow one or more courses from different research groups. 

What will be your graduation project?

I am working on force sensors together with another student. These sensors will give more insight in how mammalian cells are able to remodel their surrounding fibers and in the forces they exert in order to do so. This project is in collaboration with the Institute of Complex Molecular Science(ICMS) of the TU/e. I have started my graduation project in the second quartile of the first year of my Master in order to work towards achieving an excellent Master’s thesis over the course of 1,5- 2 years.

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

I do not plan on doing a PhD or PDEng. I like the things I learn from doing research at the university, but I do not think a career as a researcher at the university is the most fitting career path for me. 

Where would you like to work in the future?

I do not know what my future plans will be. However, I am currently exploring what BME has to offer by attending career related events such as the Wervingsdagen and the informative meetings that the study association and the alumni association of BME, Willem Einthoven, organize. As I am not sure I want to pursue a research career, I am also looking at what the industry and consultancy has to offer in order to make a well-measured decision.

What did you do next to your study?

During my Bachelor, I participated in several committees of Protagoras such as the Symposium Committee and Career Orientation Committee. Furthermore, I finished a two year program of the Honors Academy and I participated in the 2014 iGEM competition with Click Coli.

At the moment, I am a member of the Program Committee of the department of Biomedical Engineering. Furthermore, I am employed as a consultant at the Young Advisory Group which is a group of around 50 students who work in four different offices (Groningen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam-Delft & Eindhoven-Tilburg) on challenging projects. Our clientele ranges from ministries to small companies resulting in a divers and interesting job with great potential towards e.g. developing my soft skills and possibly a career in consultancy.


January 2016