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Kaylie Lau

"Pivoting, to me, means taking what you've learnt and being grounded in that, but also being able to change direction."

What does pivoting mean to you? 

Pivoting, to me, means taking what you've learned and being grounded in that, but also being able to change direction. You're resourceful, but also flexible, adaptable and staying grounded in your ethics and principles.

How has McMaster Engineering taught you to pivot?

McMaster Engineering has taught me to pivot because we are taught that to be a successful engineer, you have to be very flexible. Back in first year, we all had to take the engineering 1C03 course, which is a design course. You're taught how to use different computer software and technical drawing skills, and then you're given a design problem where you have to create a prosthetic gripping apparatus for a right hand. In that case, it just kind of shows how these design courses make you really think outside the box, be flexible and adapt to any problems you encounter.

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

McMaster Engineering has allowed me to learn valuable content in the classroom and also to apply it in my laboratories and tutorials. Through its numerous clubs, teams and societies it has also given me the opportunity to develop my interpersonal skills. I want to use this knowledge and these skills to create technologies that can restore and enhance functional life for individuals with health issues. I also hope to conduct research that has the potential to deliver ideas that can improve quality of care and further study health conditions.