FACE OF ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENTS

of WiEBE, University of Johannesburg and Group Five

Dr. Megan Russell

Face of Engineering August 2012

Current Employer: University of Johannesburg

Position: Senior Lecturer

Profile:
Megan studied electrical engineering, followed by an MSc in biomedical engineering, at the University of Cape Town. In 2007 she moved her studies to Wits University, and last year completed her PhD, specialising in biomedical engineering. That was more than an academic milestone for laryngectomy patients. Megan's doctoral research led to the development of an artificial larynx — or voice box — that literally aims to give these people their voices back. Computing what the user intends to say by analysing the way in which the tongue makes contact with the palate, the device generates prerecorded words designed to sound just like the patient’s original voice. That was Megan's first powerful taste of what inspires her most in her niche: “Using exciting cutting-edge technology to radically improve people’s lives