Growing up, Louise Samios was exposed to the world of medical technology more than most. Her mother survived a cancer diagnosis and as a teenager Louise had a knee reconstruction after a serious sports injury.
“This is where my love for medical technology started,” she says. “I was going to spend the rest of my life developing equipment and solutions to change people’s lives.” However, Louise didn’t know what that job looked like or what it was called – until she was in year 10 and met a biomedical engineer who was developing a thought-controlled wheelchair for a PhD. “That was the first time I realised this career existed,” she says.
Louise is now in her final semester of a biomedical engineering degree at UTS. As part of her degree she completed a six-month internship at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) and later at Canon Medical Systems ANZ. After interning at the CPA, Louise worked with a team at Psykinetic developing eye-controlled communication and control systems for people with disabilities, which featured on ABC science show Catalyst.
Managing medical technology
While she is finishing her studies, Louise is also employed as general manager of a company called PolySpine, which develops a head and torso support system that enables people with physical disabilities to participate in new activities.
“There’s no limit or routine in this career path,” says Louise. “It’s forever changing as technology advances.”
Louise’s career path:
>> Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical), Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice, UTS
>> Biomedical Innovation Intern, Cerebral Palsy Alliance
>> Trainee Service Engineer, Canon Medical Systems ANZ
>> General Manager, PolySpine
To get there: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), UTS
This article was brought to you in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney. It originally appears in Careers with STEM: Engineering 2019.
Author: Gemma Chilton
Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.