Shruti Pai

Current Position: at Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering
Shruti Pai
Highlight Shruti is making it possible for people with diabetes to live more active and longer lives. Her work contributes to understanding how and why diabetes leads to serious and debilitating foot injuries.
September 8, 2007Her job: Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering
Describe what you do in your current work situation? People with diabetes have high blood sugar, and this can cause foot and skin problems, including nerve damage and poor blood flow. I research and analyze foot tissue differences between people with and without diabetes.
Why did you choose engineering? I always loved biology, physics, and art. An aptitude test pointed me toward biomedical engineering. One of my high school teachers helped me search for colleges that had great programs in this field. It’s wonderful having work that really helps people and makes a difference in their lives.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have? B.S. and M.S. in biomedical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts.
What do you like best about being an engineer? I love brainstorming. I also love that everyone at my job is passionate about reaching their end goal—creating cool stuff like prosthetics and specialized shoes to help diabetics keep active and live fuller lives.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals? My ultimate goal is to develop specialized shoes for diabetics that will help prevent injuries—sometimes these injuries can be so severe that amputation is necessary.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering? It is really important to find people who are encouraging, to have fun, and to keep your eye on the big picture—its well worth it!
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book. Rock climbing, art, cooking, spending time with friends.