Department of Mechanical Engineering
What is your educational and professional background?
I completed my bachelor’s degree in the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto, majoring in biomedical engineering. Then I pursued a PhD in bioengineering at Stanford University, studying the biomechanics of concussions. My postdoctoral research was a collaborative project between the Division of Sleep Medicine and the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, investigating novel sleep monitoring sensors. My past research experiences have been highly interdisciplinary, with a focus on the development of novel biomechanics sensors and data analytics for health applications.
I have seen the powers of engineering tools in improving every aspect of the world. I am especially impressed with biomedical technologies that have revolutionized modern healthcare. I wanted to have this power to improve human health.
After pursuing graduate school in the United States, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to Canada. I saw great people, great resources and plenty of opportunities to collaborate at UBC. Vancouver is also a beautiful city. It was a clear choice.
What are your research/teaching interests and current projects?
My current research is focused on investigating the biomechanical mechanism of concussions, specifically the relationship between head motion input and brain deficit output. We employ methods of wearable sensing, modeling, data mining and machine learning to study this question.
How do you hope your work will impact society/students?
Brain injury is a highly prevalent problem, with risks of long-term brain changes. By gaining a deeper understanding, I hope to develop better diagnostic and preventative measures that could address this health problem.
How do you think the field of engineering will be different 100 years from now?
I think it would become even more interdisciplinary, and more closely tied with healthcare and biology.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in engineering?
First, I would highly encourage students to pursue engineering, especially female students who may be reluctant to enter engineering. Second, I would recommend that students actively seek internships and research opportunities, since hands-on engineering experience is essential to understanding whether this is a career for you.
What is your favourite book/movie/album/food/sport/leisure activity?
My favourites are tea, hikes and photography.
What are you passionate about outside work?
I like to spend time with my family outside of work, and enjoy small things in life (e.g., cooking, walks) with them.