Daphne Ong

Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.

My name is Daphne Ong.

I am a engineer, researcher.

When I was 10 I wanted to be a doctor, astronaut, artist, designer, cartoonist, animator, writer, dancer, princess.

I work as a M.A.Sc. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering.

I am proud of being the recipient of CSES Best Student Group Head Award and an IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship, in 2011. a reminder that grades aren’t everything; I have other strengths and passions. Both based on non-academic criteria stemming from my involvement in youth outreach and work within the women in engineering community, a reminder that grades aren’t everything; I have other strengths and passions.

The biggest obstacle I have faced was overcoming self-doubt and overachieving. Self-doubt can get in the way of more than personal ambition and passion; give in and you’ve lost more than half the battle.

My advice to women is don’t allow anyone else to put you down, including yourself. Learn to believe in your strengths and abilities more than you already do. You can carry yourself much farther than you could ever imagine if you give yourself the chance.

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Daphne Ong, M.A.Sc. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering