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Biomedical Engineering Success Stories

About me: 
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:
Margaret Cron
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2015)
Ikove Venture Partners,Columbus, OH

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Project Manager:
As a Project Manager for Ikove Venture Partners, I am responsible for the operations of technology based portfolio companies in the Ikove Startup Nursery program. I serve as the liaison between the technical team and Ikove Venture Partners management team and I am focused on pushing forward our technical and business development efforts. Additionally, I am responsible for budgeting, forecasting, and the development of marketing materials for the portfolio companies.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
In my role as Project Manager it is important to have great communication skills to ensure that all team members are aligned on the mission of the portfolio company. The skills gained from a technical engineering degree are also very beneficial to understanding the technology and translating that information to the business leaders. 

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
My advice to students in biomedical engineering is to be open to, and seek out, new opportunities. There are so many opportunities open to students through Ohio State University and the biomedical engineering program. It is very worthwhile to pursue those!


About me:
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:
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:
Molly Sullivan
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2011)
Stryker Corporation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Describe your overall duties/responsibilities as a Project Lead, Supplier Quality Engineering:
The Supplier Project Quality Lead (SPQL) position is principally a quality lead role assuring and reporting against overall delivery of the Quality Programs and Project Plans that align with Stryker's Business Objectives. I work closely with all the relevant key stakeholders to ensure that projects plans are established, managed and delivered in a timely manner. Additionally, I'm ultimately responsible to ensure that all projects are carried out and documented in accordance with Stryker Quality, Regulatory requirements and within budget.

Explain the skills/abilities that are required for being successful in your role:
The following skills are required for being successful: project management, analytical problem solving, and soft skills including communication strategies and influence.

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.


About me:  
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.