Benjamin Voumard, alumnus (2015)

Benjamin is PhD student at ARTORG

"I developed a strong theoretical background, a got a good introduction to the medical field, and resources to solve any engineering problem."

What was your academic and professional background prior to your BME Master’s studies?

I studied Micro- and Medical Technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Biel.

How did you get interested in biomedical engineering?

As a teenager, I found a deer skull and I spent a long time observing the trabecular bone structure. I was fascinated by the bone organization and curious to know more about it. My parents being in mechanics and medicine, it may have given me in my subconscious the idea of combining the two worlds!

How did you come to know about the BME Master’s program? Why did you choose this program among others?

I knew students from the BME Master and I asked them about the program. Their description of medical anatomy and finite elements lectures caught my attention. In parallel, during the Bachelor we had several lectures in the medical technology field that made me want to specialize in biomedical engineering.

If you worked part-time during your studies: how was this experience? 

I had the opportunity to work 20% part-time during the 3rd semester in the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics group of professor Zysset. I worked on a project with the industry and having this balance between the studies and a concrete job was welcome.

What was your career plan after graduation? Where do you work now and in which position?

For two years, I worked as a lab manager of the biomechanical lab of professor Zysset and then began a PhD program in the same group.

Which competences/skills did you develop/gain during your studies that are useful for your present professional position?

A stronger theoretical background, a good introduction to the medical field, and resources to solve any engineering problem.

Did you discover anything new about Bern during your studies?

It was the opportunity to move to Bern, discover the region, and learn Berndütsch.

Share one special experience!

I met my wife in the BME Master’s program.

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