Monique Frize
Dr. Monique Frize
Professor, Carleton University and University of Ottawa
(No State Selected), Canada

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  • What I Do
    My main teaching and research area is biomedical engineering. My research consists of two main projects: 1. Develop decision-aid tools for doctors, especially for the intensive care of premature babies. 2. Using infrared cameras, which allow us to measure the temperature of human tissue and bodies and assess pain in babies and adults suffering from a variety of conditions.
  • Why Engineering?
    I wanted to solve problems and help make the world a better place. I also liked mathematics and science and could use these subjects to solve problems in engineering.
  • School Days
    I was the first woman to enter into engineering and to be awarded a degree in this profession at the University of Ottawa. I chose electrical engineering, then completed a Master's in engineering in medicine at Imperial College in London (UK), an MBA at Universite de Moncton, and finally a doctorate at Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • My Day At Work
    Meeting with doctors and nurses to discuss new projects and deciding the development steps of each project is very interesting and challenging. The research itself is a long process and needs a lot of patience to analyze the results and figure out the next steps, but that is also the interesting part. You always discover new knowledge and it is never boring.
  • Best Part
    Solving problems and developing new knowledge are the most exciting parts for me.
  • Proud Moments
    Seeing the results of my students' research work and the publications we have done together has been most satisfying. I especially enjoy seeing my students get good jobs and have an interesting and well-paying career. I am proud of the patent which I obtained in 1987 for a new electrode design.
  • Challenges
    There are more women now in this field, especially in biomedical engineering. However, many years ago, I was often the only woman in my classes or at an engineering conference. At the time, I focused on my goals and did not worry too much about this. Now I am very happy to see many more women in our classes and at conferences.
  • My Family
    The eldest of a French Canadian family of seven children, I was born in Montreal. My parents were both published authors and were excellent role models in transferring to their children the love of knowledge. I have a very supportive husband who is proud of my achievements and we have a son of whom we are very proud.
  • Dreams and Goals
    Continue my current research and provide guidance and mentoring to students who study and work in biomedical engineering.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Believe in yourself and try to balance work and life. You could think of ways to make the world a better place for everyone and joining Engineers Without Borders could help you to reach this goal. Enjoy the learning and the challenges.
  • Additional Thoughts
    You could think of ways to make the world a better place for everyone and joining Engineers Without Borders could help you to reach this goal.
  • Hobbies
    Languages, travel, and reading are my main hobbies. I also like gardening very much, flowers and vegetables, trees...

Born in Montreal, Monique Aubry studied in Ottawa, then in London England, Moncton New Brunswick, and Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Monique married Peter Frize in London and they have a son (Patrick Nicholas). Monique was a biomedical engineer in hospitals for 18 years and then a professor in biomedical and electrical engineering for 20 years. Monique loves reading and writing. Two books have been published so far: "The Bold and the Brave: A history of women in science and engineering". This spans some 2000 years of history and was published in 2009. The seocnd book is "Ethics for Bioengineers" and presents modern ethical issues in the age of robots, new body parts like prostheses, designer babies, etc.. It was published in 2011.

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BASc Electrical Engineering (U. of Ottawa) M. Phil. Engineering in Medicine (Imperial College of Science and Technology (London UK) MBA Doctorate
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
  • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
  • I am willing to participate in a conference call with a group of interested students who would like to know about my career.
Latest Questions
  • Anna E. asked Monique Frize, Carleton University and University of Ottawa

    Added Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Related to Bioengineering/Biomedical, Choosing a Degree, Internships & Jobs, Work Environment
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    Monique Frize, Carleton University and University of Ottawa
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    In any engineering field, there is approximately two years of on-the-job training before an engineer can undertake and/or lead major projects. But gaining experience is part of becoming a good engineer. As for jobs in biomedical, it depends what level of ...

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  • Zuhaib, Riyadh

    Added Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Hi,I am masters graduate in Biomedical Engineering.I am at the moment looking for a job as a biomedical engineer,specifically as a clinical engineer.Since I have done 3 months of internship at a hospital. The problem is the recruiters are finding it hard to recruit me mostly because I lack experience,whilst the other reason being I come from a biotechnology background which was a sciences degree. It's very frustrating to understand what should I do next. It seems my career has stagnated,and my ...
    Answers 1
    Monique Frize, Carleton University and University of Ottawa
    Answered Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    There are pros and cons of doing an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering. The usual route for becoming a clinical engineer is a strong degree in electrical engineering with software and computer skills, as most medical devices are electrical ...

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  • Ceire, London

    Added Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Hi, I have a degree and masters in Chemical Engineering. I graduated 2 years ago and I have been working in an Accenture, a Technology Consulting firm. However, I want to get back into engineering- is it too late? I also want to go into Bio medical Engineering with prosthetic limbs and artificial organs etc, but this is not chemical engineering. How would I go about this and where do I apply etc? Thanks, Ceire
    Answers 1
    Monique Frize, Carleton University and University of Ottawa
    Answered Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9:49 AM
    There are many projects in biomedical engineering that require a chemichal engineering degree. An example is working on dialysis artificial kidney fibres and systems. You should take some courses in biomedical engineering from a University not far from ...
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