Kitchener-Waterloo Society for Innovation in Medicine


The Kitchener-Waterloo Society for Innovation in Medicine (KWSIM) is a group of healthcare and STEM students united by a shared passion for medical technology.
Our tenets:

To connect people from medical and STEM backgrounds for meaningful discourse

To empower students to be a driving force in the direction of medical technology

To collaborate with local initiatives to identify and solve real world problems


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Our members include students from McMaster University - Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the University of Waterloo - School of Pharmacy and Engineering Faculty

Eric To


Eric is a final year McMaster medical student who will be starting residency in internal medicine in 2018. Before medical school, he received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and worked for two years as a medical secretary and transcriptionist where he developed particular interests in eHealth and telemedicine. Having grown up in Cambridge, Ontario, Eric is excited to give back to the Waterloo Region by supporting the evolution of its medical technology space. You can usually find Eric playing racquet sports, doing escape rooms, or more likely, relentlessly binge watching a TV show.

Mei Chen


Mei is a first year psychiatry resident at McMaster - Waterloo campus. Before medicine, she received a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from the University of Waterloo and previously worked as a senior tax associate at PwC LLP. Mei hopes to use her background in business and medicine to help guide new initiatives in the medtech space. She is also interested in ways technology can be leveraged to transform healthcare to be more time and cost-efficient. Outside of work, Mei can be found travelling/eating, slowly watching Star Trek TNG, or playing squash.

Furqan Syed

Furqan Syed is an undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Waterloo. Furqan is interested in the modernization of medicine through the use of computers and AI to help with patient diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, he has an interest in pursuing medical school after graduation and impacting the Canadian healthcare system as both an engineer and a physician. Furqan looks to make an impact in the Kitchener-Waterloo region through KWSIM and then scaling it to larger health systems. Furqan also has a deep interest in computer hardware and gaming.

Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas is a first-year McMaster medical student from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Prior to medical school, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics & Statistics at Acadia University where he was also a member of the varsity men’s basketball team. Alex has a particular interest in sports medicine, mental wellness, and Indigenous health. While pursuing a career in medicine, he hopes to work collaboratively to contribute to innovations in medical technology and find ways to incorporate medical technology into everyday practice and enhance patient care.

Maxwell Ng

Maxwell Ng is a first-year McMaster medical student. He graduated from McMaster University’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) program in 2017, focusing on research projects in anatomy and music cognition. Interested in both education and biotechnology, he has helped develop educational modules as well as co-managed the McMaster iGEM synthetic biology team, and developed the sound synthesis, analysis, and pedagogy tool MAESTRO. When not working on expanding the use of medical technology in the community, he likes to create 3D digital art or practice new and nutritious cooking techniques.

Salpy Kelian

Previously a front-end developer working on award winning microsites, Salpy brings years of development, UX, and IA experience to KW-SIM. Interests in medicine include: user friendly interfaces, finding new ways of improving patient follow up, and using technology in medical education for effective and efficient workflows.

Mei Lin Chen

Mei Lin Chen is a masters student in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Her research areas are brain-computer interfaces, neurorehabilitation, and neuropathic pain management. Mei Lin Chen is passionate about solving challenging issues in clinical medicine through innovations in health technology. In her free time, she is also a classical singer/performer for special events.

Kira Wadden

Kira Wadden is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo in the Biomedical Engineering program. Before moving to Waterloo for school, Kira figure skated competitively and also taught skating to children in Vancouver BC. Kira’s interests in medicine include tissue engineering, and Internet of Things medical devices. She looks forward to impacting the Kitchener-Waterloo region’s healthcare sector and contributing to the KWSIM from an engineering perspective.

Laura Zhukas

Laura is an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in the development of specialized patient care through regenerative medicine, image processing, and machine vision. Laura aims to contribute to advancements in medical technology in the Kitchener-Waterloo region by connecting students, startups, and leaders in the healthtech industry. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-country skiing and working on hackathon projects.

Dia Rahman

Dia is a graduate Masters student at University of Waterloo working on projects looking at the commercialization factors of mhealth and ehealth within the Canadian Healthcare system. She is very passionate mental health awareness and has been an advocate for the past 6 years. She has been very keen to look at the possibilities to incorporate technology to engage youth in better taking care of themselves. As well as she has been doing research on the usefulness of persuasive design when it comes to developing online platforms and apps for chronic condition management. She is extensively involved in the innovation ecosystem within Waterloo and is part of Communitech.

Ethan Lee

Ethan Lee is an undergraduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Waterloo. Ethan is interested in the use of machine learning and predictive analysis to improve patient healthcare. He hopes to make an impact in the medical technology space using both his entrepreneurial and technical skills. Ethan has an interest in website development and designed this website.

Cristian Hertzer

Cristian is a first year McMaster medical student. Born and raised in Calgary, he then received his Bachelor’s of Arts and Science in Cognitive Science, with a minor in Economics, from McGill University. Cristian is interested in leveraging technology to personalize patient care and reduce inefficiencies in health care administration. He hopes to continuously involve himself in technology focused projects throughout his training and into his practice.

Neeraj Gupta

Neeraj is a third year pharmacy student at the University of Waterloo. He completed his undergraduate studies in genetics/biotech at U of T, and a Master’s of Science in pharmacology and toxicology at Queen’s University. He brings a wealth of experience having worked in academia as a researcher and the pharmaceutical industry as a regulator. Through KWSIM, he hopes to help connect students of different backgrounds to healthcare innovators in the region. His interests include biotechnology as well as the use of ehealth tools in the community.


Supported by the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare

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