Serving as a UIF Since: Fall 2018
School: Universidad Tecnológica del Uruguay
What she does now: Study Biomedical Engineering focusing on neuro-engineering and tissue engineering topics and projects, sometimes do 3D design applied in medicine related projects and research how to make healthcare more accessible for everyone.
What that means: Study, help at design thinking, 3D printing workshops, trying to learn about brain computer interface and bioprinting, try to keep up with biomedical open source projects.
Contact her about: biomedical open-source hardware and design thinking in health
Natalia Suárez is a University Innovation Fellow from Universidad Tecnológica del Uruguay (UTEC) studying Biomedical Engineering. Her research interest includes clinical engineering, neuro-engIeering, tissue engineering, and product design.
Natalia is originally from Paysandú, Uruguay, where she lived until 2017 when she moved to Fray Bentos, Río Negro to study at Universidad Tecnológica. While she was in high-school studying computer science and information technology she was introduced to divers maker marathons, labs, science fairs and camps that let her build a path through 2 majors; health and technology. She also seeks to improve education, emphasizing mental health, and raising awareness of neurobiological disorders.
At Universidad Tecnológica, Natalia volunteers at Lab-A ( Open Lab for innovation, development, entrepreneurship and technological research), where she helps at design thinking, 3D printing, and robotics in education workshops as Bits and Bricks program (educational robotics), where she was introduced to the University Innovation Fellows Program. She also enjoys researching open source biomedical equipment, personalized medicine, brain computer interface and tissue engineering. She is currently in a competition about brain-computer interface controlled vehicles.
From a very young age, Natalia was interested in innovation, technology, and health. This makes her join many extracurricular advanced activities to always keep learning, this taught her that one is never too young to learn. Growing up, she was also involved in music, learning to play piano and guitar, and in sports learning rowing, skating, and taekwondo.