Shruti Pai
Shruti Pai
Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering
Seattle, WA

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    People with diabetes have high blood sugar, and this can cause foot and skin problems, including nerve damage and poor blood flow. I research and analyze foot tissue differences between people with and without diabetes.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    I always loved biology, physics, and art. An aptitude test pointed me toward biomedical engineering. One of my high school teachers helped me search for colleges that had great programs in this field. It’s wonderful having work that really helps people and makes a difference in their lives.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    B.S. and M.S. in biomedical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    I love brainstorming. I also love that everyone at my job is passionate about reaching their end goal—creating cool stuff like prosthetics and specialized shoes to help diabetics keep active and live fuller lives.
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    My ultimate goal is to develop specialized shoes for diabetics that will help prevent injuries—sometimes these injuries can be so severe that amputation is necessary.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    It is really important to find people who are encouraging, to have fun, and to keep your eye on the big picture—its well worth it!
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    Shruti is making it possible for people with diabetes to live more active and longer lives. Her work contributes to understanding how and why diabetes leads to serious and debilitating foot injuries.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    Rock climbing, art, cooking, spending time with friends.
Biography

Biomedical engineer Shruti Pai is making it possible for people with diabetes to live more active and longer lives. Her work in a prosthetics lab contributes to understanding how and why diabetes leads to serious and debilitating foot injuries.

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  • Humaira, Toronto, Ontario, Canada asked Shruti Pai, Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering

    Added Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Hi, I am currently a student in Grade 12 and I have always dreamed of working in a hospital environment. Due to a few reasons, I was only looking for a program (medical related) which would take a maximum of 3 years to complete. I applied to 2 programs which I was most interested in which is 1) BioMedical Engineering and 2) Health Informatics. Both these courses are for 3 years and I would be receiving n Advanced Diploma from Centennial College in Canada. I have been accepted into both my ...
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  • Shirlene, Colombo Sri Lanka asked Shruti Pai, Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering

    Added Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Hi I'm a civil engineering graduate who is working at a construction project in my country. I studied civil engineering since I wanted to structural design engineer. But since I am not a civil engineering graduate of a local university of Sri Lanka , the companies don't give me a chance. They only offer site jobs which is very hard to do. And when I'm in the site they always complain saying they don like to take girls for work. Now I'm feeling depressed and want to change my field. Is there ...
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  • Sarah, New York asked Shruti Pai, Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering

    Added Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Hi Shruti, I am really interested in biomedical engineering because I am passionate about biology and math and the idea of improving people's lives through technology is very interesting and captivating. However, I am aware that biomedical engineering is a fairly new field, so I am afraid that there are fewer jobs available for people that have a bachelors in biomedical engineering. I had people suggest to me to major in mechanical or electrical and then do masters in biomedical engineering. ...
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