Our Own Katlin Kreamer-Tonin – Top Female to Watch

Engineering a bright future: Ten female students to watch

U of T Engineering students show their excitement for the Faculty’s record-high female first-year enrolment numbers—at 30.6%, the highest in Ontario (Photo: Roberta Baker).  

For Katlin Kreamer-Tonin, a third-year engineering science student with a biomedical specialization, engineering is an opportunity to see concrete results from her work.

As a part-time research and development intern at Spinesonics Medical, she is helping create a new device to improve spinal fusion surgery.

“I think the most rewarding part [of engineering] is that you can can see the impact of your work,” she said.

Katlin Kreamer-Tonin

Although she hasn’t completed her degree yet, Kreamer-Tonin is already experiencing the global opportunities that often materialize in engineering. This summer she is working on a 12-week research project at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand, designing a smart home for the elderly.

“There are so many different opportunities if you are a young engineer,” said Kreamer-Tonin, who is 21 years old. “You can go in any direction you want to and you get to shape society and technology.”

She noted that it’s especially important for women to contribute as engineers because of how important diverse teams can be in engineering.