Luke Steiginga wanted his schooling to have a practical application for helping and protecting people. So he decided to attend Carleton’s Biomedical Engineering program.
As biomechanical team lead for Carleton’s 2015-’16 Crash Test Dummy Project, Steiginga helped build a functional dummy designed by a team of his peers.
“My best memory at Carleton is likely the same as my proudest moment during the (crash project),” he said. “It was very exciting when we were able to go to the National Research Council and actually crash a car into the dummy riding on the bike.”
The dummy was successfully launched and the designed components worked so well that the Carleton team all cheered.
Yet Steiginga suspects that receiving the Governor General’s Medal from His Excellency David Johnston may surpass the experience.
Awarded each spring to two undergraduate students at the head of their graduating class, the Governor General presents the medal to Steiginga on June 7.
Not always an A+ student, Steiginga saw his grades improve throughout his time at Redeemer Christian High School, and in Grade 12 he earned the highest grades in physics, biology and math. Carleton’s well-known engineering program drew the Barrhaven native, though he was unsure of what to expect.
“I expected my marks to drop in university, but I found that my high school had prepared me well.”
Steiginga ends his undergrad with a perfect GPA and a contract job at the National Research Council, where he saw his fourth-year work come to completion and where he hopes to continue research that will help and protect.