Study environment

The study environment at BME - as our PhD students experience it

An Pham says:

After completing my master in microsystems in Norway, I came to Copenhagen to begin my PhD student life. "Why Denmark?" The answer is very simple. I wanted to learn about the Danes, about the Danish culture. I got a good impression of Copenhagen in my first visit in summer 2007. But how do I feel now, working at BME as a PhD student, and not a tourist anymore?

The first day at work in BME, I was introduced to everyone in the building and it was a warm welcome. The working environment is very professional. Other colleagues are willing to offer help if I have problems, although my project does not sound as though it is in any way related to BME, as it is about fish. I am allowed to use all facilities as long as they are maintained well and I do not disturb others. There is a journal club every Wednesday morning where we discuss our projects, the problems and how to solve them. Then we discuss a journal paper to see what can be learned, what should be improved and what is not good. Besides the professional activities, there is a cake club every Friday afternoon, where we enjoy the cake together after a busy week. Sometimes we get together to play a football or a Danish baseball match in the summer. At Christmas, the group had a party which included a little team building.

In short, I am happy to work here at BME and my impression of Copenhagen has not changed. It was not a mistake to come here.


Michael Pihl says:

If someone asked me why I am doing a PhD in biomedical engineering at DTU, the short answer would be:michael pihl.jpg 'The interdisciplinary field between the medical world and the world of engineering really interests me, and I find it highly motivating that, sometime in the future,  my research might actually help ill people. It also counts that DTU provides a great study environment, socially as well as physically - and not least scientifically'.

The somewhat longer answer would be: 'I began studying Medicine and Technology in 2003. It is a joint venture programme between DTU and the Faculty of Health at the University of Copenhagen, and therefore, I got introduced to both the technical and the medical side of the field from the very first day. The programme has been very exciting and a great education in biomedical engineering.

My BSc thesis was within medical ultrasound about blood flow visualization, and it introduced me to the topic I am working with today. I continued the track in my MSc thesis with a project in 2D ultrasound vector flow imaging, and today my PhD project is about 3D vector flow imaging. I find it very exciting to be a part of this interdisciplinary (BME) group spanning physicists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical doctors. And I appreciate the international atmosphere students from other parts of the world introduce.

I also like the social atmosphere, for instance our weekly student cake club, and the good physical environment, not to forget, with two people sharing an office - this is superior to most places I have visited abroad. And, sometimes - I admit that - I run into obstacles in my PhD project - when that happens it is great to have helpful colleagues, and because of our different backgrounds it is always easy to find someone to discuss your difficulties with.
22 JUNE 2018