“Western provides students with a platform for success, but graduate school is what you put in, so be prepared to work hard, and, in turn, reap the benefits of that hard work.”
Supervisor: Hanif M. Ladak
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The biomedical engineering program allows students to engage in practical and applicable research. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The Robarts Research Institute and University Hospital allow for direct application of my research. It also provides the opportunity for input from medical practitioners.
Describe your research.
I am trying to develop and implement software algorithms that automatically identify features of the human anatomy in medical images. My research looks at CT images of the auditory system to help improve the preoperative process for cochlear implants.
Where is “home” for you?
Home, to me, is where my family is. For the past 12 years that has been Ottawa, Ontario; however, I was born and raised in Nigeria.
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I am a member of the Biomedical Engineering Club (BME), which is a great way to interact with my fellow classmates. I’m also affiliated with the African Student Association (ASA), which allows me to connect to my cultural background, and experience other African cultures in the process.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Make sure you focus on the research that you have an interest in, and let that guide you in your selection process. In addition, meet with professors, as well as lab members, to get their objective input on the lab and the research it conducts.