A MT PLEASANT resident who has just earned a scholarship to study in the US says she hopes to use the five-year adventure to build ties within her industry.
Brooke Krajancich is one of 49 students from across the globe – and the only Australian – named last Thursday among inaugural Knight-Hennessy Scholars.
Presented to her is the chance to pursue a degree at Stanford University in California, at the heart of “Silicon Valley”.
The aim is to give a new generation of leaders the skills to develop solutions for the world’s most complex challenges.
Ms Krajancich, Penrhos College’s 2013 dux, will pursue a PhD in electrical engineering.
She already has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from UWA, and currently works as a research assistant at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands.
The 21-year-old said she could not wait to get to work with the other scholars, who she met during a trip in January.
“I’m also really excited about starting my own research in electrical engineering,” she said.
“That’s something I’m passionate about and the active collaboration between Stanford’s medical faculty and its electrical engineering faculty is something I’m particularly interested in making the most of.”
Long-term, Ms Krajancich said she saw herself working to address major healthcare issues.
She is currently involved with a team of students, postgraduate staff and medical professionals collecting and testing data on a new imaging technique used during surgeries to detect breast cancer.
She said the five years of study overseas would give her time to build a network of contacts to call on after her course.
“To have made it through a Masters and a PhD from Stanford University is not an easy feat I don’t think and it’s something I’m not underestimating,” she said.
“I’m going to have to work really hard, so that’s obviously one thing.
“But for me the real reason I’m going to Stanford is the networks.
“I really hope to come out with some great contacts in the industry, some great people I know I can work with across disciplines, across institutions that I can leverage for my career and moving forward.”
Scholars will receive financial support to cover the full cost of attendance.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program received 3601 applications.
Ms Krajancich will leave for California in September.