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Vivega Vijayakumar, MASc '13

(Electrical & Biomedical Engineering)

Using engineering and medicine to change lives

After completing an undergraduate degree in health sciences, Vivega Vijayakumar came to McMaster to earn her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. 

“I wanted to get involved with cutting edge technology and research that intersected the medical and engineering fields,” she says. “I was hoping to make a difference in the health care field in a broader way.”

She then went on to earn a medical degree in Australia, and is currently working as a junior doctor in New South Wales. 

“I'm hoping to specialize in radiation oncology, which will utilize the knowledge and skills I acquired in both medicine and engineering,” Vijayakumar says.

While her engineering degree opened her eyes to a variety of corporate and academic possible career options, she says she eventually decided she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives – something that has become a career highlight for her.

 “I realized that I wanted the ultimate career which would allow patient contact and the use of engineering principles to push my boundaries and continue learning for life,” she says.

 “ Whether through providing medical care or being compassionate towards patients' social issues, I have been able to work with the young, the elderly, and everyone in between to further my own life experiences and obtain the highest level of job satisfaction.”

She encourages students to be patient, do their research and seek out something they feel passionate about.

“You want to be able to wake up every day and be excited to go to work. At the end of the day, you want to feel like you've have accomplished something great. I am also a huge advocate of having life balance. There is more to life than just work and self sacrifice.”