Dr Faustina Hwang: innovative technologies
Dr Faustina Hwang, Associate Professor of Digital Health, is one of the people working in the exciting and ever-advancing nexus between biology and engineering.
Faustina uses her knowledge and skills as an engineer to design innovative technologies that support health and well-being. This includes ensuring that technology is usable by everyone, of any age or ability - people's needs are at the heart of her research.
"I knew when I entered engineering as an undergraduate student that I wanted to pursue a career in a medically-related field. As I continued, my appreciation grew for the breadth of opportunities that an engineering degree offers for helping to address biomedical challenges."
Faustina finds it exciting to work creatively and collaboratively on projects where there is clear potential for real-world impact. She passes this enthusiasm on to our undergraduates when she teaches - imparting passion as well as knowledge. Faustina is one of many full-time expert academics bringing specialist knowledge to the cutting-edge content of the Biomedical Engineering programme.
Faustina loves that the work being done at Reading has applications in the wider world, and is eager that students be able to get practical experience from the very beginning of their courses. Reflecting on the University's links with the biomedical engineering sector, Faustina is very optimistic about the future.
"Also, we have the Royal Berkshire Hospital close-by. The links we have been forging with them will provide opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience in communicating with clinicians and to develop insight into working in a clinical environment. I hope these opportunities will inspire students to learn more about important biomedical challenges and to see how they can apply their skills and knowledge gained from our degree to develop cutting-edge biomedical engineering solutions."
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