Dr Dana Damian, Lecturer in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, works on new technology like robotic implants that help improve quality of life


Dana researches medical robotics at the University of Sheffield

Dana researches medical robotics at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is top in the UK for engineering research, where the work done by people at the University addresses real world problems and leads to innovations that improve quality of life, create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Dr Dana Damian is a Lecturer in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield. She shares her engineering story and why she loves working for the top university in her field.

Working with fascinating and innovative technology

Dana chose the University of Sheffield because of its fantastic engineering faculty. In terms of Dana's research in medical robotics, she likes the fact that the University of Sheffield has many hospitals around and the people there are open to collaboration and research.

"We are working on robotic implants - this is a new technology that would reside inside our body, be mounted on a tissue and by gently pulling on a tissue we can grow new tissue or organs," she explains. "We are so excited and fascinated by the idea of how to control it using the technology that we build."

Collaborating with incredible and inspiring people

Dana's interest in engineering started with her father who was a mechanical engineer and also very much interested in science. She also credits her mother because, although she was not an engineer, she inspired Dana and encouraged her to take a risky and unconventional path in her life.

"The highlight of my engineering career has been the ability to work with incredible people from interdisciplinary backgrounds all being a part of the research that I've done and they've been an incredible inspiration and motivation to my work," she adds.

"The best thing about being an engineer is to create new technology that can directly help people. In the long-term that technology can discover new science because it's usually the case new science is enabled by new and more sophisticated technology. The process of engineering it's about learning by doing - it provides a new perspective and appreciation of how nature is built or how things have been built or civilizations have been built."

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