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SEAS Intern Spotlight: Adedayo O. Jobi-Odeneye
This past summer, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) senior Adedayo O. Jobi-Odeneye traveled to Nicaragua as part of the Engineering World Health (EWH) Summer Institute. The biomedical engineering student worked in local hospitals repairing non-functioning medical equipment, applying the fundamental skills she has learned in SEAS classrooms to help save lives in developing areas. We asked her to share her experience with the SEAS community.
Q. What led you to apply for the EWH Summer Institute?
A: During my freshman year at GW, I was asked to think about my dream job. I knew I wanted to combine my engineering background with medicine, as well as my passion for global health. The EWH Summer Institute was an opportunity that allowed me to explore all three of my fields while applying my language and problem solving skills. In addition, I like the philanthropic aspect of going to developing countries and helping hospitals fix medical equipment. Equipping staff and medical workers with knowledge to better operate their devices allows caregivers to improve the quality of care they provide.
Q. What was the most important skill you learned through your work?
A: The most valuable skill I learned was troubleshooting. Although the EWH program teaches students the skills and techniques needed to fix medical equipment, in reality some problems are beyond our power and knowledge level. I learned that the first part of finding a solution, whether in locating the problem or successfully repairing the equipment, is troubleshooting. Following my experience I had with the various equipment I worked with both in class and in my host hospital, I now am confident in my ability to determine the problem with any type of medical device.
Q. What is your biggest takeaway from the EWH Summer Institute?
A. Reflecting on the experience, I am amazed by all I learned and accomplished. This program is special as it provides students great lab skills and introduces them to global health and engineering problems with medical equipment in the developing world. It could be challenging at times, but I always remembered what my professor once said, “Reach for the low hanging fruit.” If I couldn’t fix a machine myself, at least I could troubleshoot and diagnose the problem, help technicians with English, and lend a hand to those who could fix it.
Q. How will you use this experience in the future?
A. I am excited for the new opportunities it will open up for me, and plan on using my new knowledge and skills for future endeavors. The EWH Summer Institute solidified my desire to pursue applying to study global health in graduate school after finishing my undergraduate degree, and I hope to continue to participate in working towards EWH’s mission in the future.
Q. What do you love about SEAS?
A: My favorite part about SEAS is the atmosphere and spirit of the community. From the Freshman Getaway where students are encouraged to develop meaningful relationships to the atmosphere of the advising office and the various opportunities to be a mentor or be mentored, SEAS is such a great family. If I could give one piece of advice to another SEAS student, it is to appreciate team and group work. The community atmosphere at SEAS has cultivated both my academic success and my friendships with other students, and has shown me that I can accomplish my goals with their support.
To learn more about the EWH Summer Institute and Adedayo’s experience, please click here for more information.