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Meet our alumni

This year, we interviewed some of our newest alumni — on the day of their graduation. They told us what important lessons they learned at UCL, and what they're planning to do next.

eleanor frost and Kyriaki-Alkisti Stavropoulou
Eleanor Frost (left) and Kyriaki-Alkisti Stavropoulou (right), BSc Physics and Medical Physics

What are you going on to do next?
Eleanor: I’m in the process of applying for graduate Medicine programmes, and I’m going to be working in a lab next year, doing microbiology experiments for the International Space Station.
Alkisti: I’m coming back to UCL, to do a Masters Research degree and a PhD in Medical Image Computing.
What do you think was the most important thing or skill that you learned during your BSc degree?
Eleanor: I think it was how to study and how to get the best out of myself. So, revising — but also how I learned best, and applying that to my future life.
Alkisti: For me, I think it definitely was how to ask people for help, how to communicate with other people in the department, and stay connected in order to get the best opportunities for myself.
If you had to describe your BSc programme in one word, what would it be?
Eleanor: Varied.
Alkisti: Interesting!

james masterson
James Masterson, MEng Biomedical Engineering

What was the most important thing you learned?
The most important thing I would say is transferrable skills like problem-solving; analysing and taking things step-by-step until you come to a solution.
Do you know what you’re doing next?
Yes – I’ve started working at a biotechnology company, developing a minimally invasive sensor for athletes to track glucose and lactic acid in the body, and then using AI algorithms to produce bespoke training insights and diet-training maintenance.
How would you describe the degree and your department?
Honestly, they’re great. I had a really good time at UCL, and the staff are very supportive.

 

marina Melero Bernal and Madeline Lok
Madeline Lok (left) and Marina Melero Bernal (right), MEng Biomedical Engineering

Do you know what you’re doing next?
Madeline: I’m currently working, and have started out as a clinical trials coordinator.
Marina: Actually, I’ve been dancing professionally on the side during my degree, so now I’m taking some time to do auditions and train more — and later on, I’ll be applying for jobs.
What do you think was the most important thing you learned during your degrees?
Marina: I think how to collaborate with people and how to get things done when, sometimes, you don’t even know where to start but you manage to figure out a way in many different situations; so, mainly problem-solving, and collaborating with people.
If you had to describe the programme in one word, what would it be?
Marina: Challenging!
Madeline: Holistic.

 

Nonpawith Phoommanee
Nonpawith Phoommanee, BEng Biomedical Engineering

What was the most important thing you learned in your degree?
I learned how to collaborate with my friends, and work in teams. We tend to work independently, so it shaped me into a better person and guided me to who my working partners were.
Do you know what you’re doing next?
I got a scholarship to do my Master’s degree in the same field, at Imperial College.
If you had to choose one word to describe the degree and this department, what would it be?
Excellent!

Lucia Albelda Gimeno
Lucia Albelda Gimeno, MEng Biomedical Engineering with a year abroad in Chicago, USA

What do you think was the most important thing you learned in your degree?
I think it would be learning how to work with others and how to make the most of other people’s skills along with your own skills.
What are you going on to next?
I’m currently working in West London as a project manager in a medical technology company.
If you had to pick one word to describe your degree, what would it be?
Challenging. Challenging would be the word.

jakub zalesak alumni
Jakub Zalesak, BSc Physics with Medical Physics

What's next for you? 
I am working as a research assistant at UCL with Peter Munro at the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.
What was the most important lesson or skill you learned in your degree?
I believe that the most important skill I've learned during my degree was a systematic and rigorous approach to labwork and the understanding that how interpretation of data from an experiment makes it useful. A large thank you goes to the undergraduate lab team from the department of physics, who taught me many valuable skills and allowed this change of mindset.


Alumni careers

We caught up with some of our alumni to hear what they have done since leaving UCL:

janet cheung
Janet Cheung
Job: Systems Engineer, Medtronic
Graduated: MSc in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, 2017

Read Janet's story

 

 

 

 

 

Zihua Su
Zihua Su
Job: Vice President, Beijiing Aerospace Changfeng Co Ltd
Graduated: PhD Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, 2008

Read Zihua's story

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Lamb
Ryan Lamb
Job: Management Consultant, KMPG
Graduated: MSc Physics and Engineering in Medicine (Medical Image Computing), 2015

Read Ryan's story

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Boutros
Maria Boutros
Job: Physicist, UCLH
Graduated: BSc Physics with Medical Physics, 2001

Read Maria's story

Alumni-student mixer, October 2018

mixer
We held our first-ever alumni mixer event on 11 October 2018. It was a great success, with a keynote address from former Head of Department Professor David Delpy and some fantastic speeches from alumni Callum Gillies (on his career proton therapy physics) and Peter Bruton (the role of the technical consultant), and Marina Melero Bernal – a final-year MEng Biomedical Engineering student at the time, and winner of the Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship 2018.

The next Alumni mixer will take place in Spring 2020. 

Join the UCL Alumni Online Community

All students and alumni are invited to join an exclusive social network only for members of the UCL community. Registration is simple, and you can use your LinkedIn account to sync your professional details with your UCL profile. Once you have registered, you can search the alumni directory for a potential mentor from our pool of experienced alumni — or become a mentor yourself. You can also view jobs posted by members of the UCL alumni community, or post your own jobs to recruit talented graduates for your company.

Make the most of your online community, by connecting with experienced professionals all over the world and strengthening your personal network.

To register and connect with your alumni community please go to uclalumnicommunity.org

UCL Alumni Resources

UCL has a dedicated Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO), and lots of resources available for former students on the UCL Alumni Page.