McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Mon, 07/15/2024 - 16:07

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

La réouverture graduelle du campus du centre-ville se poursuit. Complément d'information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention.

Tal Arbel

Tal Arbel




Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering & PhD 2000, Electrical & Computer Engineering; MEng 1995, Electrical & Computer Engineering; BEng 1992, Computer Engineering

What was your inspiration for pursuing engineering?

Math and science were always my favorite subjects in school and I have always been interested in figuring out how things work. As my father is an electrical engineer, I was exposed to engineering early on and knew that it was the right career choice for me.

Why is it important for women to be involved in engineering?

There is a strong, worldwide demand for skilled scientists and engineers. Unfortunately, women are still greatly underrepresented in many areas of engineering. Women are needed as they bring their own unique perspectives to engineering design. These differences help lead to new to competitive technologies and products that will help society.     

Why did you choose McGill?

McGill has an international reputation as being one of the top universities in the world, on par with any Ivy League school. I heard about McGill's programs through family friends and visited the campus in high school. I knew I would want to study there from the time I was young!

Do you have anything else to add?

Engineering is a really diverse field and there are many really interesting areas within engineering that would be appealing to women, but are not immediately obvious. In my case, I am a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering, and I do research in medical image analysis. In my research group, we work on developing mathematical algorithms and building software to get computers to automatically detect lesions and tumours in brain images of patients with diseases. There are many other interesting areas within engineering that are worth checking out!

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