I chose the Master Medical Engineering because the projects are applied in the clinic.Ellen Wesel, van, student
Student Medical Engineering with the specialization Cardiovascular Biomechanics.
I chose the Master Medical Engineering (ME) because the projects are applied in the clinic. In the Master Biomedical Engineering, the projects would be more fundamental. It motivates me when I can see that my project is needed by and useful for doctors and that the applications are patient specific.
During my Bachelor’s program I liked the courses about biomechanics, therefore I wanted to do my Master’s program in a research group that specializes in biomechanics. The Master ME is not available in combination with Soft Tissue engineering and Mechanobiology, so I had to choose between Orthopedic Biomechanics and Cardiovascular Biomechanics. I enjoyed the Bachelor courses given by the cardiovascular group and did not follow many courses from the research group orthopedic biomechanics, therefore I chose Cardiovascular Biomechanics. I am now part of this group lead by prof. dr. Frans van de Vosse and want to graduate within this group.
I knew I wanted to specialize in biomechanics, this is where my interests lie and therefore I did not even look outside the department to choose a Master. I only visited the Master information meetings from our own department. My choice was eventually based on conversations with Master students and staff from the biomechanics groups.
I chose all the courses in the field of Cardiovascular Biomechanics. Furthermore, I chose the course about Bone, Cell and Tissue mechanics, because I still think it is interesting and useful to understand the mechanics in the surrounding tissues. I also follow three courses which together make up the certificate Physics in the Clinic, among which is a course at the department of Electrical Engineering. Because ME is a combination of different engineering studies, I think it will enrich my Master with some extra depth. I am looking forward to my external internship in the autumn of 2016. Nothing is confirmed yet, but I would like to go overseas and see the other side of the world.
I liked the clinical module in the first quartile. Just a small group of students joined this module and it was more practical than the courses in the Bachelor. I also liked the courses I did so far; they are not as basic as Bachelor courses and therefore they are very different from each other. This diversity is nice and makes it easier to choose a direction for a graduation project.
Because I chose ME, my graduation project will probably be in the clinic. I think I want to work with finite element methods, and I will know in half a year if it will be about vascular mechanics or fluid biomechanics.
I think I would like a project that lasts for several years, because all the projects I did so far were really short. After three months, I felt I was not finished with my Bachelor’s End Project and thought I could have done much more. However, I am not sure and I will see what comes my way.
I like studying at the TU/e and I think my study is passing by very quickly, so if there is a possibility to stay at the TU/e for a PhDI think I would accept it. However, if there is a nice job opportunity for me at a company, I would take it. Right now I feel like I just started my Master and I am not ready to decide what to do after my Master. I enjoy my Master so in any case I would like to work with what I have learned at the TU/e. I sometimes join career events especially for BME or organized by Protagoras.
Next to my study I am part of the Studytour committee of Protagoras; we are organizing a studytour to China for 30 students next April. I am really looking forward to this trip and enjoy the organizing part as well. I am also in the bar committee and can easily be found on Thursday afternoons and - evenings in the bar of Protagoras ‘In Vivo’ in the basement of Gemini North, relaxing after a hard day of work. I am also in the BME team that hosts the information days at the TU/e.