I chose to study at Sheffield because it is renowned for its research and all of the facilities it has
Watch: Our interview with Saheela
I chose to study bioengineering because I really wanted to make a difference in whatever I did. I chose to do the degree in bioengineering because it is an interdisciplinary subject that bridges the gap between biology, technology, engineering and medicine.
I chose to study at Sheffield because Sheffield itself is renowned for its research and all of its facilities that it has. During my time at the University I was also elected the President of the Women in Engineering Society. One of the key events that I launched was the Inspiring Women of the Future Panel event which brought together many academic leaders and industry leaders to talk about how they got to where they are today.
Our main focus of that was to encourage current students and others to consider engineering as one of their future options later on in their careers.
In 2017 I was awarded the Chancellor's medal. I was awarded this because of my contribution to the initiatives like Women in Engineering, Engineering Without Borders and Sheffield Volunteering alongside some of the most inspirational people that I've ever worked with.
Upon graduating just over a year ago (in 2017) I was lucky enough to start on a Graduate Scheme here at Abbott. Abbott is a global healthcare company that uses innovative technologies to bring to life different medical devices into market.
The things I love most about being an engineer is the fact that you have to come up with a solution that makes a difference in the real world. No matter how big or small it is you have to get to that final solution to that problem but also you are in charge of making sure that it works, that its safe and it does the job that it was meant to do.
In the future I hope to continue and finish my Graduate Scheme, I would like to pursue the Chartered Engineer status professionally and also manage a large cross-functional team. In addition to this I think it's really important to give back to the local community so I really want to do my part in helping to inspire the next generation of young female engineers.
We interviewed Saheela in 2019.