Find out how our past executives helped shape UMBMES and what they went on to do after graduating from U of M.
Cameron MacGregor received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2014. He was awarded a Manitoba Health Research Council (now Research Manitoba) graduate studentship to continue his studies as an M.Sc. student in biomedical engineering. He co-founded UMBMES in 2012, and later took on the roles of Vice-President Academics (2013-2014), Treasurer (2014-2015), and President (2015-2016). In particular, he spearheaded the invitation and hosting of an international guest lecturer on behalf of UMBMES. Cameron was awarded an IBBME fellowship for the MHSc degree in Clinical Engineering at the University of Toronto, which he will start in September 2016.
Olivia Essex founded UMBMES in September 2012 to bring students together who are interested in biomedical engineering, to educate students on their opportunities within the biomedical field, as well as research at the University of Manitoba, and to spend time organizing, planning, and teaching students about a strong interest of hers. She was the President of UMBMES from Fall 2012 to Winter 2015 and was primarily responsible for shaping and directing the enthusiasms of the group. Olivia most enjoyed planning and leading UMBMES’ annual outreach day for first year university students interested in learning more about the exciting field of biomedical engineering. Olivia also lead UMBMES’ first industry based project with the Rehabilitation Centre for Children where the team was responsible for redesigning a common mechanism used for articulation in articulating ankle foot orthoses.
Olivia graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Winter 2015. She currently works at Phantom Motion, a local engineering consulting firm that specializes in medical device product development (amongst other things). Olivia hopes to spend her life using her skills to improve the quality of life and/or health of human beings.
Maria Ongare recently graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2016 and will be pursuing a career in utilities and high voltage engineering. As a high school student in Kenya, she became interested in biomedical engineering after discovering that local radiology clinics remained inaccessible despite rising cancer rates. Coming to Canada, she decided to study Electrical Engineering due to its relevance to medical equipment and radiology. While secretary (2013-2014), she found the field was primarily research-focused, which encouraged her to explore other engineering career options. After spending a 16 month internship at a petrochemical plant in Alberta, she found her calling in the utilities sector.
Paul White received a B.Sc. degree in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, in 2014, where he is currently pursuing the M.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering. He is experienced in electronic system design and software application development. Currently, as his MSc. Thesis, he is investigating the effects of Virtual Reality spatial navigation games on patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. He also sat on the Executive of UMBMES from 2013 to 2014 and participated in the creation of UMBMES in 2012-2013.
Jonathan-F. Baril received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 2014. He sat on Executive of UMBMES from its founding until his graduation. He has been involved in various roles, as investigator, co-ordinator or implementer, in various research projects including Swallowing Sound analysis, Epileptic Brain Connectometrics and mobile eHealth applications as well as various other projects of non-(bio)medical bent. He has experience in electronic system design, project management, and software/app development. Jonathan-F. took a short break from academia to practice biblical theology with an organization based in England until early 2016. In Fall 2016 he will pursue the MHSc degree in Clinical Engineering at the University of Toronto.