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

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    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 did you choose 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.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    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.
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your 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.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    Solving problems and developing new knowledge are the most exciting parts for me.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    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.
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    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.
  • Please tell us a little about your 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.
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    Continue my current research and provide guidance and mentoring to students who study and work in biomedical engineering.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    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.
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    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.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    Languages, travel, and reading are my main hobbies. I also like gardening very much, flowers and vegetables, trees...
Biography

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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Education
BASc Electrical Engineering (U. of Ottawa) M. Phil. Engineering in Medicine (Imperial College of Science and Technology (London UK) MBA Doctorate
Latest Questions
  • 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 ...
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    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
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    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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  • Pavithra, Coimbatore

    Added Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Hi. I am a girl student in biomedical engineering. I have consulted some experts in this job. One asked me about my future since I have chosen this field saying, "only one girl candidate is selected out of 100 in interviews (in this field alone)." I asked him why and said to him that women are working in all areas today. His answer was a smile. Really, is there any complications to getting a job in the biomedical field for a woman? If yes, please explain to me about it so that I can ...
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    Monique Frize, Carleton University and University of Ottawa
    Answered Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    In all fields, there will be some employers who demonstrate discrimination in their hiring practices. However, there are also many firms who try to apply equity to their hiring process. The field of biomedical engineering has a good number of women ...

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