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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Latest Questions
  • Elyssa, Waco, TX

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    The allure of engineering is the fact that I may be able to improve the lives of many people with one single development. I am concerned, however, that I will not be able to have a direct and personal level of interaction with those I help,which is why I am torn between going to medical school or graduate school for engineering. Maybe this is a belief I hold due to my ignorance about the day-to-day life in the engineering occupation, but I hope that someone may help me understand more about ...
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    Shruti Pai, Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM
    This is a great question that I know many people within the field have faced, including myself. As an engineer, you are very likely to work with people in the medical field including doctors but you are less likely to work with patients directly unless ...Read More
  • Kelly asked Shruti Pai, Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I'm in high school and interested in biomedical, chemical, or maybe mechanical engineering. What type of math and science courses do you recommend me taking?
    Related to Bioengineering/Biomedical, Chemical, Math & Science, Mechanical
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    Shruti Pai, Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:14 AM
    Hey Kelly, I would recommend taking as many AP/advanced level classes that you feel comfortable taking and that are offered in the math and science program at your school. Depending on your interests, chemistry, physics, and calculus are some typical ...Read More
  • 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. ...
    Related to Bioengineering/Biomedical, Choosing a Degree
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