Laura Lorenzo, coordinator of the Biospeech Club, speaks to us about the initiative led by biomedical engineering students to give additional vitality to their learning
How was the initiative born?
“Biospeech Tecnun” is a university club that started in early 2015 at the initiative of a group of Biomedical Engineering students at Tecnun, the School of Engineering. We were supported by programme head Gustavo Pego, and our primary focus was on getting the wider engineering campus to know more about our field of engineering, but we also wanted to arrange colloquia with various companies and professionals from the biomedical sector.
In the future, we would like to incorporate research projects into the initiative, so students can work and contribute, in addition to holding the colloquia. After a number of proposals by different professors, the club started to work on a project led by CEIT-IK4 researchers Sergio Arana and Maite Mújika. The project involves the detection of endotoxins and has a two-year time frame.
What is your main goal?
The main goal is to provide and support extracurricular activities and training that will allow us to acquire further knowledge and experience in our field. Before the club and the research project were started, the only means that we had to gain knowledge and experience was from within the programme itself.
Our ideas are loosely based on the successful Tecnun Motor Sport and Tecnun Seed Racing student initiatives, and we looked at how to bring these ideas to our field.
The ultimate goal of the students in the “ Bio Club” at the University of Navarra is to unite the campus in San Sebastian and the campus in Pamplona into an ecosystem that favours a deeper understanding of the link between Engineering and Medicine and provides opportunities for training.
There will be extracurricular activities such as networking and getting to know the sector and the market, and learning how to solve real problems, among others. The aim of all the activities is to provide a higher level of training for students and also provide more opportunities for work and new businesses.
How many students are in the club and what background do they have?
At the moment there is a total of 8 students from the second, third and fourth years of the Biomedical Engineering Degree Programme.
But given the project that we are working on, we are going to need more student members. We also would like to have students join our club from other areas of engineering, such as electronic, industrial management and design.
What do you get from working with researchers?
Even though we haven’t yet begun working on the chosen project, all the professors (researchers and other employees at CEIT-IK4) have expressed their interest as well as their help and support. We really appreciate their interest and support in this type of initiative, particularly when, as students, we don’t have prior experience.