Wheelie lucky break
A chance encounter with a brainwave-driven wheelchair changed Nisha Pradhan’s life.
Although she had plans to be a hairdresser, Nisha Pradhan’s maths teacher recognised her talent and pushed Nisha to go to a Women in Engineering event at a local university, where she came face-to-face with a revolutionary technology.
“I saw a wheelchair that lets paralysed people move by using their brainwaves,” says Nisha, who is studying a combined Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Sydney. “To me, that was a turning point. I couldn’t believe engineers could bring creativity and passion to changing the way people live – not just individuals, but society as a whole.”
Getting industry experience in a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
Having finished the electrical engineering part of her degree, Nisha has started working with engineering consultants Aecom – and it’s every bit as fulfilling as she’d hoped. “I love that I get to sit with the client and work out what they want, then bring my creativity, my own ideas, to the table,” she says.
Her advice to anyone considering an engineering degree is to think outside the stereotypes.
“Being a woman I didn’t think engineering was for me, but now I know diversity is important for innovation.”
– Phil Dooley
TO GET THERE: UNSW Uncover STEM (USTEM)
Check out a combined Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Sydney.
Meet another engineer who’s changing lives, Trina Majumdar.