Sisters Foster Bond in Engineering

November 3, 2011
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Parks College News


Sisters Maggie, Ginny and Katie Foster share a bond through engineering. The three sisters are students in the electrical and computer engineering department. Each chose the engineering field for their own independent reasons, but are close and rely on each other for advice and support. 

The Foster sisters excel in their education and are all working toward careers that make a difference in the world and help others. Katie and Maggie are pre-med students and Ginny has an innovative spirit, designing a product, PhoneBlox®, to help people avoid distracted driving. 

Katie, the youngest sister and incoming freshman student, will major in electrical engineering with a focus in bioelectronics. “I believe an understanding of how things work through engineering education will help me to be a better doctor,” says Katie. Older sister Maggie is also in the bioelectronics program. 

Maggie’s favorite course, Medical Ethics, helps Maggie prepare for the medical field. “I couldn’t stop talking about the course. It is important to learn these topics in my education because I don’t want to encounter the issues as a doctor without understanding them,” said Maggie. Maggie is focused on helping people. She hopes to enter into family medicine or geriatrics after medical school. 

Ginny is an electrical engineering major. She is involved in entrepreneurship and innovation at the college, winning this year’s Student Innovation Competition during National Engineers Week. Ginny won an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Conference. Ginny’s product, Phone Blox®, is an invention that can help save thousands of lives because it eliminates driver distraction. A passive device, Phone Blox® does not interfere with the signals of passenger cell phones. Yet it successfully blocks the incoming texts and calls of drivers’ cell phones, providing a physical barrier between driver and cell phone for the duration of the trip. With Phone Blox®, drivers will keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Her product was showcased at the ATPA Conference where the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority described why Phone Blox® helps them work to save lives.

The sisters embody the SLU mission to help others. Katie was active in an interfaith group that connects St. Louis high school students and community members for meetings on topics such as spirituality, traditions and different faiths. 

The sisters share a bond through family and education. Engineering is a field that the sisters believe they can excel in. “It is a draw because it is a challenge,” says Ginny. The challenge should be no issue for them, as each is driven and passionate about what they do. Katie is a med-scholar and Maggie is a Presidential scholar, the highest scholarship one can receive at SLU. Also, the sisters are supportive of one another. “We have to look out for each other,” Maggie said.

Learn more about the Electrical and Computer Engineering programs offered at SLU.

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