The technical training of the BME program was superior, but it was the introduction to tissue engineering and translational research that equipped me with the appropriate tools to pursue my passion and enter this industry.
My decision to focus on bioengineering in graduate school was driven by the research I had a chance to participate in as an undergraduate. It completely fascinated me that biological processes could be described by equations. Observing a heart surgery in one of my BMEn courses lit my passion for cardiac research.
It’s super rewarding to work on a device that could someday help people and increase their wellbeing. I didn’t think I’d be able to have this kind of industry experience this early in my graduate school career.
Completing my PhD opened doors for me to pursue my passion in the research end of R&D at Medtronic. My graduate work also kindled the creative inventor in me and taught me to first define the problem and then to identify the key questions to answer.