At school, Samy loved solving problems and found that mathematics helped her to do that. After school she knew she wanted to continue solving problems – but wasn’t sure exactly what.

Samy Movassaghi is a Wearable Technology expert with CSIRO’s Data61 team. She dreams of a world in the future where inter-connected devices, called Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN), can help people live longer and healthier lives. STEM has given her the skills to develop technology solutions that will help make that dream a reality.

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Samy Movassaghi: I see STEM in the world around me all the time and I find that really inspiring.

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When I was at school I really had a passion for mathematics.

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I just liked the challenge of finding an answer.

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I knew after school, I wanted to do something in engineering. Something based around solving problems, finding answers.

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As a person living in a connected world, I’m always wondering if there’s a better way to solve all the problems and as a scientist I have the capability to create new solutions to some of our most troubling issues.

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What I love about Wearables is that it gives us a sense of self awareness to manage our health and wellbeing and lifestyle.

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Think Fitbits and Smartwatches only with ability to connect and monitor health on a much greater scale.

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Imagine a world where we can accurately foresee the future, a world where we have almost complete control over our own health care.

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STEM has given me a way to solve problems, a way to help.

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STEM is a future. With a career in STEM, you really have the opportunity to change the world.

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Meet Samy Movassaghi :  Samy is a wearable technology expert.

Samaneh Movassaghi

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Why did you choose to study STEM?

All kids are born with a natural, innate curiosity. I guess that's what makes us human in the first place. I count myself lucky that I have a family and parents who stoked that streak of inquisitiveness and gave me the freedom to choose my own path rather than limit me to cultural and gender stereotypes.

From a young age I have been a tinkerer, however I did end up breaking things more often than putting them back together! As I grew up that itch to break things down still remained and I guess, as a result, engineering was a natural calling, so I could finally learn to put them back together too!

What has STEM helped you achieve?

During my Master's and PhD I have challenged myself at multiple fronts. I have been able to attend several hackathons, which are events that are run by large organizations like NASA, Microsoft and IBM, where I have used my STEM skills to work with a team over three days to solve big future challenges such as healthcare. I was also recently awarded a Google Fellowship in Networking for my research into Wireless Body Area Networks.

I have always been passionate about using technology to improve one's quality of life, and working in STEM has enabled me to engage with a startups in eHealth, Internet of Things and Blockchain to contribute to making an impact. STEM has given me a way to solve problems, a way to make a difference.

I love what I do in STEM because it gives me a tangible means of making a difference, even if it is in small in scope and scale. What inspires me is simply what amazing feats of ingenuity we are capable of, if we apply ourselves to solving a problem.


What do you hope to achieve in the future?

In Australia, our life expectancy has increased by 20 years, compared to a century ago. Although this is a good thing, it also means more money needs to be spent on healthcare – an area where budgets are already under intense pressure.

This is where my research comes in. My work focuses on integrating a network of low-power sensory devices placed all over the human body to collect an individual’s vital signs – referred to as Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). The data is sent to a central control unit and thereon to an access point, where people like doctors and nurses can view the information remotely and, ideally, without delay. Think smartwatches, but with the ability to connect and monitor health on a much greater scale.

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