Mahsa Khalili

UBC graduate student Mahsa Khalili
 
Personal Autonomy and Wheeled Mobility Assistive Device Use: User-Driven Research and Development of Advanced Technologies
Dr. Machiel Van der Loos and Dr. Jaimie Borisoff
Vancouver
Canada
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I am a strong advocate of learning and I believe that humans are meant to continue to explore. I believe that by taking part in a Ph.D. program I can go through my own personal exploration of self and also a new field of knowledge.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

In order to conduct this type of applied research, it is critical to be in an institute which has the necessary resources and connections. During my time at UBC, I have had the chance to get access to some key centers such as ICORD Spinal Research and GF Strong Rehabilitation. ICORD is one of the few research centers that have a high number of functional assistive technologies. Another influential collaboration is with BCIT, which has a much more applied focus. I am confident that continuing my Ph.D. at UBC will allow me to leverage the existing resources and continue to establish new collaborations.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC has great resources as well as strong connections with local and international collaborators, which provide great opportunities to perform multidisciplinary research.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities that I have visited and lived in. UBC, specifically, has an amazing campus that has always impressed me all year round!

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Being open to exploring new things in life

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Reading books, listening to music and occasionally playing the violin, biking, and hiking

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Being curious and open to exploring new and unknown research areas. You will be amazed to find out how much you can push the boundaries of knowledge and yourself!