Member Spotlight

Bethany Chung, PhD

Regulatory Scientist, Regulatory and Quality Solutions
AWIS Member since 2016

“The AWIS members I’ve met are inspiring. AWIS offered a platform for me to make a soft start into professional life after a long absence, and I have also made connections resulting in consulting work helping tailor the utilization of AI and machine learning for their work.”

What do you consider to be an important career achievement or milestone and why?

After stepping aside from my career for a decade to care for family, I’ve recently started working again. I am immensely proud of my ability to not only re-enter a competitive workforce, but also curate a career that meets both my personal and professional needs.

What challenges did you overcome to accomplish your career achievement or milestone?

My biggest challenge was a healthy dose of imposter syndrome. I was forced to overcome my own insecurities and realize that the knowledge and experience I have is very much of value and can be used to help others.

What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why? What obstacles will you overcome?

My overarching goal is to both create and facilitate the use of machine learning-based health care. It is a technology that many are fascinated by but hesitant to embrace due to the seemingly mysterious processes involved. I enjoy unsheathing that mystery by helping clinicians and scientists to understand these processes, then navigating the regulatory pathways for innovation to flourish.

How do you help women in STEM achieve their full potential? What is your best tip for other women in STEM to succeed?

My overarching goal is to both create and facilitate the use of machine learning-based health care. It is a technology that many are fascinated by but hesitant to embrace due to the seemingly mysterious processes involved. I enjoy unsheathing that mystery by helping clinicians and scientists to understand these processes, then navigating the regulatory pathways for innovation to flourish.

Describe an amazing opportunity in your STEM career.

I had the opportunity to do postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. I was involved with developing an implanted, patient controlled muscle stimulator, and it was amazing to observe and be a part of such cutting edge treatments.

What challenges have you encountered throughout your career and how did you address it?

My objective is to make the best decision for right now, then keep moving forward. I’ve experienced a few unanticipated hiccups, to put it very lightly, like changing projects and advisors with a year left in my Ph.D. work or being given an ultimatum to choose between my postdoc and childcare for my premature infant. There is no right way to handle it, only the best way for right now.

How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?

The AWIS members I’ve met are inspiring. AWIS offered a platform for me to make a soft start into professional life after a long absence, and I have also made connections resulting in consulting work helping tailor the utilization of AI and machine learning for their work.

Bethany Chung is a regulatory scientist and machine learning consultant who has enjoyed being a member and contributor for AWIS for the past three years. She holds a PhD in biomedical engineering and spent her early career conducting neural engineering research, specifically using deep learning in the diagnosis and monitoring of health conditions. After pausing her career to devote time to raising her 3 children, she has recently shifted work to the regulatory sector. She is currently with Regulatory & Quality Solutions, producing clinical evaluation reports for medical devices, and she has a special interest in AI- and machine learning-driven devices. In her spare time she runs half marathons, practices tae kwon do with her family, and even independently consults with companies to educate and guide them on the productive use of AI.

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