Biomedical Engineering – University College London Personal Statement by Safir Doga Kaya

Gordon L. Glegg, the author of The Design of Design once said ‘A scientist can discover a new star but he cannot make one. He will have to ask an engineer to do it for him.’ How rightfully so! I was at a crucial decision point where I could either follow a path into the realm of science or choose the more technical field of engineering. However, I realized that as well as wanting to ‘discover’ a star, I want to ‘make’ one at the same time. The infinite curiosity I have about learning the core principles of physics and biology has led me to believe that biomedical engineering is the one area where I could fulfil my potential and achieve my dreams. 

I believe my studies and internship have helped me form a solid academic infrastructure. Mathematics has given me the ability to cope with deeply transcendent concepts which I found useful in physics. Being the only student taking physics A-level in my school meant one-to-one classes where I felt a sense of fulfilment particularly working on the challenges of mechanics; therefore supporting my Study of Mechanics 1. As the school laboratory assistant, I gained practical skills in producing accurate data and interpreting results which were invaluable in the annual science fairs I helped organize. My biology A level provided me with a substantial base on which I could do some research to further delve into the field. The Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging have been lifesaving inventions which I was also partially introduced to earlier in my ICT IGCSE study.

In my internship at a hospital’s intensive care unit, I got to discover minute yet exciting details about the life support systems. I was amazed at how frequent analysis enables some vital levels to be kept within narrow limits forming the line between life and death. What further draws me to biomedical engineering is how it continually develops knowledge so particular that it enables the production of a device to be perfectly fitted to mimic the functions of the human body. Biomedical engineering will allow me to reach a much valued aim I have of improving health care, turning my knowledge into practice. I believe this is how all research and understanding serves a meaningful purpose. I have often felt a sense of belonging in engineering as the child of a surveying engineer and a control systems engineer. 

While retaining a full scholarship by achieving high honours, I proudly initiated a fundraising event at school to raise money for the SOS Children’s Village, in addition to volunteering in several multi-cultural events in Cyprus and Turkey. In my first Model United Nations conference, I was chosen as best newcomer delegate. Another European Youth Parliament in Istanbul sparked my interest in peace building events. I was next chosen to attend WinPeace with students from Cyprus, Turkey and Greece further enhancing my communication and team work skills. I have always tried to follow scientific developments through online magazines and programs such as Space Camp in Izmir. Here I had the chance to closely observe the mechanical knowledge behind machinery used in aerospace technology and space exploration. My enthusiasm for space was rewarded in 2014 with my name along with many others, being engraved on the Return Capsule to Asteroid Bennu, beginning a life-long journey of ‘making’ a star. Away from the scientific field, I enjoy all types of music and have played the piano since a child. I combined my interest in music with theatre by being involved in several plays in our school’s drama club. Living on the coast of an island, I developed a love for sailing and learned as a child in our sailing school.

My passion has and will always lie in physics, biology and mathematics where my desire to learn and inquisitiveness to discover have led me to choose a path in biomedical engineering. I am eager to embark on the next stage of learning to improve human life in multiple dimensions.