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Rosti Readioff

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Keele University

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Taking up STEM subjects early on will open up so many opportunities that might not even exist at this point of time.

What do you do?

I use my engineering skills for my research to solve health problems.

Why did you choose this field?

In school, I enjoyed Maths and Physics more than other subjects, hence I decided to study for a degree that involved both subjects. And this degree was Engineering. Once, I completed my undergraduate degree, I got interested in research through undertaking a summer research placement. During this placement, I focused on researching a biomechanics/biomedical engineering topic. This placement introduced me to this interdisciplinary (science and engineering) field and my interest in this field grew and wanted to continue working in this area. Now, I have a doctorate degree in biomechanics/ biomedical engineering degree.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Obtaining my doctorate degree in engineering.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I enjoy working in STEM and I look forward to finding new solutions for existing problems. I celebrate every little success in my day, regardless of how small the successes are. It could be writing a short blog, running a meeting or reading journal papers for my research.

Best advice for next generation?

Don't say 'no' to STEM subjects just because of one unfavourable teacher. Taking up STEM subjects early on will open up so many opportunities that might not even exist at this point of time.

Inspo quote / fun fact

I have pretty much depended on my own initiatives to get encouraged and be the best I can be.