Valeria Filippou

Valeria Filippou

Why did you decide to study MEng, BEng Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds?

Medical Engineering combines mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry which were my favourite subjects at school. It was an upcoming sector in the engineering field and the University of Leeds was providing the opportunity to study the particular subject. Thus I decided to apply through UCAS. Among the universities that offered this course, Leeds University had one of the highest rankings in the particular study. I think I made the right choice.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

During the first three years of my studies, I have actually completed many projects. In my first year, I worked with a group developing a bio-arm which was powered with the use of rubber bands. The aim was to examine its performance while shooting a ball at the range of 1 to 5 metres. 

In the second year, my team and I developed a four-wheel buggy which was programmed using LabVIEW software in order to travel through bumps and eventually stop within a zone.

Another exciting project in my third year was the development of a device to measure leg length inequality during and after hip replacement surgery. Finally, my third year individual project was aiming to develop a soft robot which emulates the human’s finger behaviour. I think this was the hardest but most interesting project that i have done so far.

I believe all the students are gaining knowledge from all these projects as we all have the opportunity to develop our skills in both a team and individually. 

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a great city for students as everything is so close together. It has many nightclubs, pubs in the city as well as clubs in the campus area. Additionally, there are many shops in the city centre. I think it is a great choice for a student, it is a city that combines everything.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I can see me working in a company which helps either human and animal amputees, probably in UK or another European country.

What Experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

The course is not based only in medical engineering, but in many other fields of engineering. Therefore, a wide range of engineering is provided. Additionally, people who work in big companies shared their experiences with us and gave us important tips for future work. The group projects that I have undertaken during my course in Leeds demonstrate work projects in a small scale that I will need to carry out in industry.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

It is a really great course, offering knowledge in many areas. If you like to challenge yourself and have fun, as well as get a great knowledge and experience, Leeds is the best place to be.