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Eva Mueller

"Pivoting means being able to realize that not every path is the right path and being able to understand that not every single experience is meant to be."

What does pivoting mean to you? 

Pivoting means, to me, being able to realize that not every path is the right path. There's some things you learn along the way and you say, “You know what? This is not for me, I have to go a different direction.” That was me, for example, coming into first year when I wanted to go to med school. You have a specific goal in mind, but things don't work out all the time, but it's the experiences along the way that make you a better person, engineer, or a researcher. New opportunities will always arise if you have the right attitude and the right people surrounding you.

How has McMaster Engineering taught you to pivot?

I think pivoting, as an engineer, I've learned every single day since undergrad. I spent three months at RWTH Aachen University in Germany and it was an amazing feeling to share what I had learned right here at McMaster Engineering with new people, and also learn their perspectives. That was a really pivotal moment in the sense that this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to stay in research, stay where I am, learn, and help other people out with my research.

How do you plan on implementing your learnings from McMaster Engineering into the real world?

I hope to continue my life-long learning approach and knowing how to problem solve, look for new opportunities and ways to grow as a young researcher and engineer-in-training. After my PhD, I want to continue my scientific endeavours in the biotech industry. My dream job would be in research and development, combining the engineering principles I have learned here at Mac with the medical field, and ultimately improving and saving patients' lives. I strive for a healthy work-life balance, and hope to foster my love for music, sports and traveling throughout this journey.