Half of all Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. That’s 134,000 new cases of cancer diagnoses happening each year, with that number expected to rise to 150,000 by the year 2020.
If you want to use your career to fight global epidemics like cancer, facing up to the staggering statistics can feel overwhelming.
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Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney is redefining what’s possible when it comes to finding solutions to society’s greatest challenges and you too can learn how to make a world-impacting difference when you study there.
Groundbreaking cancer research
Bala Shammugasamy, a PhD student at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney, is researching the repurposing of orange peel waste as a supplement for cancer patients in remission.
“It’s always great to feel that I am playing a small part in contributing knowledge to cancer research,” says Bala.
He discovered that the humble orange peel has high concentrations of bioactive compounds with ‘cytostatic’ effects that inhibit the rapid growth of cells. It’s this cytostatic effect that makes chemotherapy such a powerful cancer-fighting drug.
While bioactive compounds won’t replace drug treatments like chemotherapy, the orange peel supplement that Bala is developing may become an effective way to reduce the risk of cancer returning when added to the patient’s diet.
Equipped with the tools to make a difference
Studying Engineering with the University of Sydney has equipped Bala with the technology, tools and industry experts to help him combat both food waste and cancer in one fell swoop.
“The University of Sydney has different schools and core research facilities equipped with cutting-edge instruments that accelerate research progress. The research team is made up of leading experts – that was the most crucial criteria in my choice of where to study.”
Young Australians have big ambitions
Bala’s not alone in his big ambitions to pack a powerful punch with his career. Young Australians are choosing their careers based on how they can help the world – whether that’s in medical innovation, reducing waste or providing clean water to developing countries.
We surveyed high school students to find out more about why they chose prospective careers. 41% of students surveyed said that they wanted to choose a career that helps others, while 36% said they wanted to help fix global issues or make a world impact with their careers.
“People [my age] want to create the world that they want to live in… By making a difference, they can make the future better for not only themselves, but for people all across the world.” says Raquel, a student from Mount St. Benedict College in Sydney.
Do it all with Engineering
Engineering is your ticket to careers that make those visible global changes.
The University of Sydney’s engineers are improving diagnostic tools in medicine, by creating sensors that can detect cancers, toxins and bacteria. They’re using artificial intelligence and data science to combat cyberbullying and terrorism, and they’re making robotic surgery and new medical devices a reality through biomedical engineering.
Whatever you’re passionate about, the solution starts with a career in engineering and technology.
Get there with a degree in Engineering or Advanced Computing from the University of Sydney.
This article is brought to you by the University of Sydney.
“It’s always great to feel that I am playing a small part in contributing knowledge to cancer research.”
– Bala Shammugasamy, pictured above with fellow researcher Fariba Dehghani.
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Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.