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Q&A: “I always hoped that my work could change people’s lives”

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Emma Bowyer

Test Engineer at DePuy Synthes

What made you decide to become a bioengineer?

“I was inspired by taking part in STEM activities, such as building and racing a single-seater electric car. At university, I loved combining the biological and the mechanical. It may sound a bit clichéd, but I always hoped that, through my work, I could help change people’s lives.”

What was your route into the industry?

“I took the traditional way – A-levels and university – but there are so many different routes. My first manager, for example, started as a machinist making roulette wheels, then worked up through that company, while several of my colleagues started out as apprentices.”

How are you involved in inspiring others into considering a career in STEM?

“Last year, we held 23 workshops and careers events reaching 2,200 students; showing them what is possible in STEM. We had several groups visit our site and experience the working environment, which they really loved. Our team of volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and are great role models.”

Why is diversity important in STEM?

“I think it’s important for young people to have every opportunity to know that they aren’t limited in what they can do. Despite some misconceptions around STEM – it is actually a really creative environment. If everyone fits a mould, you’ll lose that creativity: a diverse workforce is key to thriving and innovating in our industry.”


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