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Biomedical Engineering Success Stories

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John Buddenberg
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2015)
Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, IN

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as an Operations Development Program Engineer:
I'm currently involved in a two year, rotational program building my skill set as a manufacturing engineer and sourcing engineer to pursue continuous product improvements.  Each position has duties to ensure manufacturing competitiveness by improving operations while maintaining best in class product quality.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
My role requires a self-motivated individual who is willing to put extra time in to learn the processes and search for improvements.  My tasks include being part of team decisions that could affect full-time employees with many more years of experience. Additionally, you must continually learn the internal processes through the three different departments in a two year span.  After completion, the relevant work experience in the separate areas will greatly benefit an engineer's skill set by having the knowledge from working in each department.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
I would advise students that are pursuing engineering in school to obtain an internship/co-op within their respective fields. Not only does it give you relevant work experience, but you'll benefit when it comes to relating theories to real life experience.  Additional confidence can be built for interviewing and you find out how you will enjoy the career after graduation. 


About me:
Nick Domicone
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2014)
UES, Inc., Beavercreek, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Contractor:
I am a contractor for the United States Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, studying the use of wearable technology to enhance performance and reduce injuries of the modern warrior. To do this, we study both military operators and elite college athletes. I specifically manage our sports science testing and workflow with the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Air Force Special Operations Command. I give support to our management of the Navy Seals, Guardian Angel, United States Air Force Academy, and in house testing at WPAFB. I also help AFRL conduct various validation studies of commercially available wearable technology and recovery modalities, to see if these technologies are viable to be used in the field.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Day to day, I spend a lot of time utilizing our athlete management system which stores, analyzes, and visualizes all of our data. The skills that are very important to do this include critical thinking and problem solving, process improvement, and a general knowledge of pseudocoding. This process is not just digitizing data, but rather improving the entire process, including data input, analysis, and visualization. It is equally important for me to know how to concisely convey the data results to a coach as it is to run analysis on it. My foundational knowledge of engineering has not only provided me with the tools I need to perform my job, but, more importantly, provided me with the ability to learn quickly and adapt to the circumstances that I encounter every day.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
My advice to prospective Biomedical Engineering students is to try to envision what you want to be doing after you graduate in a general sense. Don't get caught up on all of the little details, but rather think about where you want to be conceptually. I really liked the concept of merging engineering and the body, so I chose Biomedical Engineering. This major gave me a wide breadth of engineering knowledge and experience that I would not have received in any other engineering major. When I went to OSU, my other engineering friends would call a biomedical engineer a jack of all trades, having a base knowledge of all types of engineering, but nothing in-depth enough. I now look back at that as a compliment, as it is this wide base of knowledge that allows me to successfully tackle the variability in my career.


About me:
Brad Lewis
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2016)
SPR Therapeutics, Cleveland, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Product Engineer:
As a Product Engineer, I am responsible for sustaining our existing medical devices and accessories. This includes supporting manufacturing planning and launch, maintaining engineering documents (bills of materials, drawings, specifications, manufacturing procedures), and implementing design improvements and modifications after product launch. I provide additional engineering support as needed with product design, product verification testing, and additional document generation. In addition to this, I support the quality management side of the company through aiding in complaint analysis and testing as well as handling of NCMR (non-conforming material reports) and CAPA (corrective and preventative actions) documentation.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
The greatest contributor to success in my role is a general understanding and knowledge of the medical device design and development process, including device development, design transfer, and DFM (design for manufacture). In addition, an understanding of medical device DHF (design history file), DMR (device master record), and DHR (device history record) management and documentation requirements. Experience with component design is very beneficial, as well as an understanding of the manufacturing, materials and testing required. Familiarity with the manufacturing processes typical of medical equipment (formed, machined and molded parts, and automated SMT processes) can be very helpful in an environment where one is responsible for designing something that not only addresses an unmet need but is also practical to manufacture. As a lot of component and device testing is done, proficiency in using statistical methods is an important part of my role as well.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
The field of biomedical engineering is actually very broad, and it can be helpful to do some research on all of the different opportunities that are out there. The sooner you know what aspects of the field interest you, the sooner you can focus your studies in a way that makes you marketable in that area. Internships are a GREAT way to gain some first-hand industry experience, as well as allow you to get your foot in the door for potential full-time opportunities post-graduation.


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Connor Majstorovic
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2016)
Medtronic, Columbus, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a CRHF Clinical Specialist:
I am a Clinical Specialist in the Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division. I provide technical support to patients, physicians, and other health care professionals during implants, procedures, and follow-ups involving Medtronic cardiac devices.  I also provide ongoing educational and sales support to customers.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
A critical part of my role is patient and physician interactions, so strong interpersonal and communication skills are required for success.  Other necessary skills include self-motivation, problem solving, time management, and a dedicated work ethic.  Hours are very unpredictable, and I am constantly learning and solving new problems.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
I would advise students considering a major in Biomedical Engineering to explore many possible career options (through internships, co-ops, etc) and keep all options open.  Biomedical Engineering opens many doors to many possible careers, some of which are outside the field of engineering, such as in medicine.  I learned through my internships that I wanted patient/customer interaction to be a main part of my job.  I found a great fit for me in a field that I enjoy, and I encourage all students to learn what they like to do and seek out the right fit.


About me:
Sean Pisano
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2014)
Depuy Synthes, A Johnson & Johnson Company, Lansing, MI

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as an Orthopedic Sales Consultant:
My responsibilities are to provide technical expertise on orthopedic medical devices in the operating room. Essentially I am making sure the correct products are available and the surgical staff is using them appropriately. Additionally, with the help of my team, we are responsible for the logistics of instruments and implants to hospitals, as well as the sales of these medical devices.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
I believe the most important skills that allow me to have success in my role are critical thinking and problem solving. While we hope that everything goes smoothly in the operating room, that is not always the case. It is my job to think of viable solutions and provide the surgical staff with the resources to get through the problem at hand. Also, organization and having clear communication with my teammates is key to my success. Much of our work is in trauma situations, so being organized and acting quickly and efficiently is extremely important.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
I would say to be open minded to all possibilities. There are many career options with a biomedical engineering degree and at first it may not seem like a role fits your skill set, but you may in fact be a perfect candidate. My current job is not in the typical engineering career path, however I use my skills as an engineer everyday. There are countless careers out there that can utilize the problem solving mindset of engineers, so find a job you find interesting and apply your strengths and skills to it, and you will have success.


About me:
Andrew Piscioneri
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2017)
Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Research and Development Engineer:
I am a Research and Development Engineer in the Edwards Critical Care department. Specifically, I work on a team of 4 engineers developing early stage biosensor technology. We are responsible for developing testing equipment to ensure our device meets the desired specifications and design outputs for final design. We also test the algorithms for signal processing.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Communication and organizational skills are necessary for efficient teamwork. Other skills that are required include functional MATLAB, Python, and C programming for signal processing, statistics, and micro-controllers. Knowledge of cardiovascular dynamics and cardiovascular disease. Good documentation practices and design of experiments. Lastly, troubleshooting problems and being able to grasp new concepts quickly has helped me in being successful.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
The most important thing you can do as an undergraduate student is obtain an internship/co-op for business experience. If you're interested in R&D work, joining a lab is extremely useful. Secondly, don't be afraid to learn on your own outside of the classroom to further develop your skills. Programming experience can never hurt. Lastly, don't be afraid to ask for help!


About me:
Ben Siderits
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati (2015)
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2014)
Tesla, Sparks, NV

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Production Supervisor:
My role as a Production Supervisor at Tesla is to lead a large cross-functional team in the final assembly of the Model 3 drive unit. I joined the company in the midst of their "production hell", when unexpected process issues hindered the company's ability to make promised deliveries and attain profitability. Coming through the door, my job was to lead my team through the production ramp-up and achieve the goal of profitability for the company's third quarter. The team succeeded, as we tripled our deliveries since the previous quarter and helped attain a historic profitability for Tesla.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
Communication skills are critical to be effective in my role. Many of my leadership and communication skills were honed during group projects in OSU's engineering program, especially in the senior design class. Do not take these opportunities for granted. Additionally, being intrinsically motivated and passionate about the results you wish to achieve is essential, as you will learn that demonstrating this kind of work ethic is contagious. There is no better way to reach your goals than to inspire your fellow teammates to help you get there.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
I went into biomedical engineering because I wanted to positively contribute to the welfare of humanity. I now work in the automotive industry with clean energy products that are changing the world into a cleaner environment. The advice here is that there are multiple ways of fulfilling your long-term goals. You may not have a clue what your route will look like. The best way of getting there is to never stop improving your professional knowledge, credentials, and experience. Although networking is a great way to immerse yourself in the field, you cannot solely depend on it. Continuous self-improvement is the most valuable asset I have chosen in my career. For students that truly want to make an impact, I urge you to adopt a similar mindset.


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Molly Sullivan
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2011)
Stryker Corporation, Ireland

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Manager of Advanced Operations (NPI):
I am responsibile for managing project managers & engineers tasked with the effective introduction of New products & technologies in line with divisional product portfolios.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
In order to be successful in this position, you must possess strong leadership skills, proven ability to coach and mentor individuals in technical skills and people development areas. You need to enjoy working in a dynamic and results driven team based environment with flexibility. Demonstrated leadership, project management and engineering experience in new product introduction in a regulated environment is also preferred.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
Network whenever and wherever possible. My opportunities within my career were because I networked with as many people as possible throughout my college years and into my positions within my company. A resume and GPA will only take you so far, so be sure to be engaged in social opportunities throughout your college career.


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Austen Thaler
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2012)
Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, IN

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Quality Sr. Engineer I:  
I oversee a Quality Technician on day to day operations in the Patient Specific Instruments (PSI) Manufacturing Cell. I perform Quality Holds, Gage Rejection Notifications (GRN), Issue Assessment Forms, and Health Hazard Evaluation processes. In addition, I am responsible for training and directing three Quality Technicians in performing GRN activities. In my role, I serve as the liaison with Product Development in insuring Quality focus in all aspects of new products.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
The most important abilities I need to have in order to be successful would be the ability to meet deadlines, communicate clearly, and lead/manage groups of technical individuals.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
Although Biomedical Engineering is a challenging major, it allows you to have very rewarding opportunities upon completion.  You can have the ability to directly see how your career impacts people's lives.  The satisfaction of helping people makes this degree rewarding and desirable.


About me:
Angelita Zacharias
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2017)
Accenture, Columbus, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Consultant:
I’m in Accenture’s Consulting Development Program (CDP) which is a two-year rotational program that allows me to explore different functional areas and industries within the consulting sector. I’m currently on a procurement data modeling design project for an agricultural company. My role is to support the data modelers’ digital solution implementation by working closely with the client to understand and translate the business needs. My role also includes tracking project progress, reporting project status, identifying risks, and recommending corrective action to ensure the team’s deliverables are on time and capture the client’s needs.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
I’m required to be a quick learner in my position because I rotate to a variety of projects. Soft skills such as communication are essential to learning quickly and building trust with new teams and the client. Time management and organization have also helped me be successful because these skills build confidence with new teams and can be translated into any role.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
I would advise students to explore their career options within the field. Students should talk to upperclassmen and graduates within the field about what they’ve done, what they’ve enjoyed, and what they’ve disliked. I would highly encourage exploring internship and co-op opportunities to get experience and gage their interests before looking for a full-time position. There’s a lot out there, and students should explore all their options to make an informed career decision.