Engineering student Claire Morphett has combined her two passions – engineering and medicine – to create her own epic pathway.
Claire Morphett has always favoured STEM subjects. In high school it was physics and maths, and later at university, programming and engineering. “Their skills and concepts are so transferable,” she stresses. “Having a background in physics and maths has been really useful to my studies at uni.”
Currently a final year Honours student at The University of Adelaide, Claire has taken on two degrees – proving that if STEM is your thing, you don’t have to settle for just the one specialisation. “I’m currently working on my Honours project in biomedical engineering, and studying subjects in applied mathematics and aerospace engineering,” she says of her dual pathway. “It’s exciting to be working on a project that combines my interests in engineering and medicine, whilst also contributing to ongoing research.”
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Claire’s days on campus vary between attending lectures and tutorials, to hitting the lab and tackling the more technical side of her course work. “As I do a lot of programming, I can fortunately work from anywhere which is really cool,” she says. “I get a lot of study in in-between classes but also from home too.” And if you’re wondering when the up-and coming biomedical engineer manages to eat, sleep and watch Netflix, the answer is probably never. On top of all the study, Claire has been working as a part-time undergraduate for 18 months, scoring the engineering gig after a summer internship at Saab Australia.
“At uni it’s so important to put yourself forward for leadership opportunities and work experience,” she says. “It’s so good to put all the theory into practice!”
Claire’s study and career pathway
- Double degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematical and Computer Sciences, The University of Adelaide
- Research project, Adelaide Spinal Research Group
- Summer Intern, Saab Australia
- Undergraduate Engineer, Saab Australia
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