Kayan Ma MESc

Kayan Ma MESc

 My undergraduate degree was in Systems Design Engineering, at the University of Waterloo. I really enjoyed my courses in signal processing and biomedical engineering.  I chose to pursue medical imaging in my co-op work terms and further in my graduate studies with Dr. Aaron Fenster. I became interested in breast imaging during a undergrad co-op term at Sunnybrook in the Plewes imaging group. I found it very rewarding to be involved with research that makes a difference in the health care system. I was attracted to Dr. Fenster's lab at the Robarts Research Insitute, as many of his projects have been translated into the clinical environment. 

 My experience at Western/Robarts was very positive. Dr. Fenster is a world renowned leader in Medical Imaging and was a kind and inspirational supervisor. Students and staff within the Biomedical Engineering program and Robarts were very warm and friendly. I had the chance to work closely with clinicians and scientists in designing and initiating a clinical trial involving a new medical device. I also had the opportunity to attend a number of international conferences to discuss my research with leading experts in the field. For example, Dr. Fenster encouraged me to submit for the student paper competition at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Annual Conference in Vancouver. I had a rewarding experience meeting students from around the world and learning about recent developments in other areas of biomedical engineering. I was fortunate enough to win first place in the student paper competition, and made a few great friends from other countries who I still keep in touch with.

Western and Robarts have a welcoming and well-balanced graduate student atmosphere, with  student activities both inside and outside the lab. I enjoyed working as the VP Finance of Biomedical Engineering Student Committee, a teaching assistant, and a fitness instructor at Campus Recreation. Western has the best gym facilities and aerobics classes of the Ontario universities!

I graduated in 2008 and am currently a Project Manager at Sentinelle Medical Inc. in Toronto, leading the development of a multi-modality imaging system for cancer diagnosis and intervention. I am now in the process of launching a new commercial product developed by my team.  I am interested in pursuing an MBA in the near future, after which I hope to assume an upper management position at a biomedical company. My experiences and professional network developed at Western/Robarts will be invaluable in my professional development in the field of biomedical engineering.