Leading up to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED 2019) on Sunday, June 23, 2019, we are highlighting several SWE Members and Affiliates around the world who are working to advance STEM and champion diversity in the engineering industry. Here, we highlight Sabine Klausner of Salzburg, Austria.
How do you think engineering can help create a better, more promising future?
In research, it is possible to take different kind of data to optimize certain processes, like for the patient-centered care. Forming appropriate applications, used by patients or doctors can make decisions easier and ease the workflow for treatments in the inpatient or outpatient area. Even if data and application are already available, such systems are not used in regular clinical business in most parts of Europe.
What inspired your interest in engineering?
I wanted to help people. Especially in the medical context you really get to HELP patients and professionals, both being confronted with complex workflows. You help medical staff by supporting them in making any kind of information faster available, helping the state to save money because of more efficiently used time (less double examinations, shorter waiting times, etc.). There is a huge list of additional advantages.
What kind of engineer are you? Walk us through a “day in the life” of your engineering discipline.
As you might already guess from the last answers, I am an application specialist in a hospital in Salzburg. I especially focus on the intensive care stations and operating rooms of the Neonatology and Children’s department. Beside that I have my own one-person business and develop online apps for patients to be used as a first tool for deciding which kind of illness he/she has. Although this is also not something absolutely new, I concentrate on the sources where you get information and how you can offer it in an adequate and usable way within an application.
Do you have any words of advice to young girls who are hoping to #TransformTheFuture with a career in engineering?
Yes indeed: Try things out and see what you like. Engineering is not as dry as it sometimes look like. If you are a good programmer with smart ideas then you can change a lot.
“Try things out and see what you like. Engineering is not as dry as it sometimes look like. If you are a good programmer with smart ideas then you can change a lot.”
– Sabine Klausner
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