Twice in her career, Ada Poon has experienced the vulnerability of the human body in ways that led her to become an associate professor of electrical engineering and a pioneer in research to develop electronic therapies to heal the body from within.
The first incident occurred while she was an undergraduate studying computer programming in Hong Kong. Poon spent so many hours writing code that she developed intense shoulder pain. Her doctor advised her to switch to a field that involved less keyboarding, and when she arrived at the University of California, Berkeley, to attend graduate school, Poon shifted her focus to the study of information theory for wireless communications.
By Carrie Kirby | Stanford Engineering