A champion of invention
A leader in the field of biomedical engineering and a champion of women in STEMM, Professor Karen Reynolds (GradCertTertEd '98) has made an outstanding contribution to the community through both her research and the creation of the Medical Device Partnering Program.
As a child, Professor Reynolds had her sights set on changing the world by becoming an inventor. “I designed a water machine when I was about five years old and I thought it was the cleverest thing,” says Professor Karen Reynolds.
By the time she was 15, Professor Reynolds’ interest in all things mechanical merged with her idea of becoming a doctor, when she discovered the field of biomedical engineering. She says, “I knew straight away that that was what I wanted to do. It blended my problem-solving, inventing mindset with my interest in medicine and health.”
Professor Reynolds is now an internationally renowned expert in biomedical engineering, Dean of Research at the College of Science and Engineering, and Director of the Medical Device Research Institute at Flinders University.
She is also the Director and driving force behind the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), an innovative program that brings together researchers, industry, end-users and government to develop medical technologies with global market potential.