BME Graduates: Harvey Shi

BME Graduates: Harvey Shi

October 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(bell tolling) – [Announcer] This is Duke University. – Hi, I’m Harvey Shi, and I am
a senior at Duke University. I am double majoring in
biomedical engineering and computer science. So I think there’re two reasons: the first is that I
really wanted something that combined a lot of different
engineering disciplines. So in BME, you’ll see elements in mechanical, electrical engineering, and all these different things
sort of integrating together, and I think that’s really cool paired along with computer science because it sort of gives you a broad array of different skillsets to draw on and also sort of learn from. And the second main reason is I’m really interested in medicine, and so I’m interested in how it can make tools
that better help people in terms of healthcare. And so yeah, I think that those are why. I have two to discuss. One of them was back in junior year, we had
some really, really, difficult sort of problem based classes, and we’d have these big work sessions that are all student sort of driven, and we would all come
together, maybe like 11:00 PM, start working on the problem sets and just like, really collaborative and I thought that was fantastic. And I guess, another one would be, sort of after, I remember back in BME 354, which is sort of the
instrumentation class, we have a final project and we worked on, me and my partner, Daniel Wu, we worked on a project to basically make our own FitBit and so we called it the FitBite. And the idea was basically, can we get a fitness tracker that sort of tracks everything into the web that’s cheap and reliable and we were able to do
most of those things, but it was very large, so
it was like sort of a brick. But yeah, that was really cool to do because we were able to sort of replicate what’s currently on the market for things that even a
student can access and use and so that was a fun project. So I think that a really big thing, I know
this has been repeated probably a lot, but just trying to find like all the different opportunities, just seeking them out because there are a ton, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But really, trying to pick out things that you are interested in, maybe ones that sort of don’t
take that much commitment, but just like, maybe for a day trying out interviewing people who do biomaterials or looking at biomechanics, electrophysiology, and sort of exploring these different areas and maybe trying to see what you’re interested in and yeah, I think that
that’s sort of the difficulty with BME because it’s
such a broad discipline, and understanding what
you wanna specialize in is just as important as what you don’t want to specialize in, and so if you can answer either of those questions, it’s really good. (bell tolling) – [Announcer] This is Duke University.