Julia Faerber



Bachelor of Science in Micro-systems technology, Germany; Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, University of Dundee


BSc (Bachelor of Science), MSc (Master of Science)

Work History:

Siemens, Dundee University

Current Job:

PhD in a biomedical project, but working on electromagnetism and antennas at the moment


Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

Me and my work

I am a PhD student and involved in a project where we are developing a tiny pill that takes a live video of the human guts and beyond to uncover diseases such as cancer.

My Typical Day

starts with a bowl of porridge, cycling to Uni, working hard and finishes with another longer spin home

What I'd do with the money

I would like to support my local library hub at Drumbrae, Edinburgh. I will buy a very cool 3D printer and will run workshops to show what great things you can do with it.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

sporty, enthusiastic, nerdy

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Foo Fighters

What's your favourite food?

Toast with sliced banana, peanut butter and some berry jam on top

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Running onto the football pitch when Dortmund won the Championships in 2011.

What did you want to be after you left school?

Working at the airport, but couldn’t really decide what exactly I wanted to do there apart from hopping onto a plane and go somewhere

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Yes, I changed the age on my school passport so that I could get into a nightclub, but I lost it somewhere and a teacher found it. I had to go to the schoolmaster and explain myself.

What was your favourite subject at school?

Sports and Math

What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

I designed, fabricated and tested new handles for minimally invasive instruments, to make the long surgeries more comfortable for the doctors

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

I would open my own cafe with organic food and would bake all the cakes and breads myself!

Tell us a joke.

A toothpick is walking along the road. Suddenly a hedgehog passes him and the toothpick says surprised: Oh, I didn’t know there are also buses going.

Other stuff

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