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Akil Hamilton

"Pivoting, to me, is the ability to be confident enough in your particular idea to slightly shift the focus to conform to a new goal or setting."

What does pivoting mean to you?

Pivoting, to me, is the ability to be confident enough in your particular idea to slightly shift the focus to conform to a new goal or setting that is required for you.

How has McMaster Engineering taught you to pivot?

In the 1P10 course that I participated in last year, there were lots of group projects in which we had to leverage our ability to pivot. For a lot of the projects, you would start with a particular idea, and then over time, you would have to collaborate the ideas with the other members of your group. Over time, you would have to continue to pivot your original idea, whether that be from changes in the client's needs to other requirements of the design project.

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

McMaster Engineering has provided me with a unique learning opportunity. Not only am I able to learn interesting and relevant techniques pertaining to the software and biomedical engineering fields, but I am also able to apply these teachings in a meaningful way through the various design projects and group work activities. Through the foundation created with McMaster Engineering, I hope to create new devices and technologies that will leave a lasting positive impact on those around me.