EricaErica is taking Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She is a 2016 Youth Bursary recipient and member of Healthcare & Municipal Employees CU.

After two years in the Honours Biology co-op program, Erica has made the decision to pursue a career in bio-engineering. She wrote, “I hope to work with the creation of artificial limbs and organs. This will make such a big difference in the world. It will change lives and I cannot wait to be apart of that!”

She hopes to work on the reproduction of artificial limbs, organs, and tissue. Erica says “There are thousands of dying people in need of organs, but not enough organs donated to save them. On average, 22% of people die waiting for an organ transplant that cannot happen due to this shortage. This heart-breaking statistic is my motivation. One can only imagine a world where a person can receive a custom-made organ engineered from their own tissue. It is my goal to help in making that happen.”

Her community involvement included volunteering at a hospital, supported Halloween for Hunger, participated in a group known as Let’s Talk Science that travels to local elementary schools in order to get the students excited about science. Erica plans to join a group known as Engineers Without Borders. It is a group that works toward creating social change at my university and in the community.