UC Biomedical Engineering Club

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    UC Mechanical Engineering students Grace Elliot (left) and Ella Guy (right) aim to use their engineering skills to improve global health on the EWH Summer programme 2019, run by Dr Debbie Munro.

A UC Biomedical Engineering club (UC BIOMED) was set up in 2018. UC BIOMED aims to provide students studying Mechanical and Mechatronics with in interest in Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering with the opportunities and skills to advance human health and wellbeing through technological innovation.

UC BIOMED offers students a wide range of opportunities including attending biomedical engineering conferences within NZ and abroad, hosting field trips to biomedical engineering companies and research groups, building medical diagnostic kits (and designing solutions) for EWH, and participating in international design competitions. The club also proactively develops research and summer practical work opportunities for engineering students interested in the medical field.

Over the summer 2018 period, two engineering students worked on improving healthcare in the African nation of Uganda. UC Mechanical Engineering students Grace Elliot and Ella Guy departed for Uganda in mid-December as part of an Engineering World Health (EWH) Summer 2019 programme, where they learned to repair medical devices and were then deployed to regional hospitals to teach resident technicians how to repair and main this critical, lifesaving equipment.  UC will be developing similar volunteer programmes in 2020, aiming to improve and enhance health care around the world.

If you'd like more information on the club's activities, or are a prospective student, alumni, organisation or company wanting to collaborate or engage with us on activities, contact Dr Debbie Munro, Senior Lecturer, at debbie.munro@canterbury.ac.nz

Debbie Munro

Senior Lecturer
Civil Mechanical Rm E547A
Internal Phone: 90446