Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Alcontrol Laboritories, Vysera Biomedical,
i am a research engineer working on medical device impants
Research and Development Engineer at Boston Scientific – California
Bioengineering man made aortic heart valves using metal, plastic and cow tissue, they go inside people’s hearts for years, I am living in California for 12 months leaving about how to make it in galway!
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watch this great viedo on how the device we make works
My Typical Day
Working for Boston Scientific as an engineer has given me so much opportunity to travel and learn. Although i have a chemistry degree i am, with my engineering masters, fully capable to work as an engineer. on a day to day basis i am building prototype devices with the team and testing them in simulated aortic models. we have made models from computer images of human anatomies, we test our devices in these models. its exactly like an operating theatre in a hospital, except we dont have any blood!
Today for example i am testing fully built units in preparation for a study, we have designed a product that will go into patients soon, its very exciting to have been involved in the design of a device that will go into people! the testing with the device is with simulated heart models. later in the day i will be in meetings to discuss whats important to have in the design and whats nice to have, for example its important to deliver the device in a minimally invasive fashion – in other words not through open heart surgery! this is a design element thats needed. What would be nice to have would be a device thats radiopaque…..in other words a device that the doctors can see every part of the device under X-Ray type equipment, this is nice to have but very expensive and difficult to make, so we decide to have parts of the device visible. Just enough so that the doctors can see the implant.
What I'd do with the money
promote engineering to the masses!…. Read more :
I work alot with promoting science and engineering in ireland and in the EU.
This money would be used as part of Boston Scientific’s education program, this program was just formed last year and its aim is to promote how cool science and engineering are. thinking back from when i was in school, to what i know now, i really didnt have a notion what its like to work as an engineer. every day is so different. We will set up a program where students can come into the factory, see how stents are made, design there own medical device and get hands on experience on what a medical device engineer really does.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
enthusiastic, efficient, resourceful!
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
represent the company at conferences in Russia, San Franscisco, Poland, Romania and Portugal
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
my old boss, he was the chief executive officer of his own company, such a driven person, made me want to shift from science to medical device engineering
What did you want to be after you left school?
an Environmental Scientist…..so glad i am an engineer now!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
yes, for sneaking out of boarding school to get a bag of chips!
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
a crazy scientist with big glasses!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pearl Jam, saw them last week in California…amazing
What's your favourite food?
Raman (noodle soup)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
a hike, bike and white water rafting trip in Costa Rica and a 12 hour hike in yosemite in california
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
to have equal research opportunities across countries, free education for all, and good health for my family!
Tell us a joke.
How many software engineers does it take to change a lightbulb? None. They wouldn’t do it. It’s a hardware problem.