Industry Networking Night Connects Students with Potential Employers
March 29, 2023 - Thirty-two local and regional medical technology companies turned out for the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s Industry Networking Night on March 2, 2023, at the Division of Continuing Education auditorium and courtyard. More than 120 students attended, dressed in their best, to speak with company representatives, some of whom were BME alumni.
The annual event is a chance for the businesses, small, medium and large, to promote internships and job openings, network with students and each other. Professor Michelle Khine welcomed everyone, and select Industry representatives gave two minute presentations about their companies.
"We are so grateful for all of the industry representatives who attended as well as those who mentored our students in their capstone projects this year,” said Christine King, assistant professor of teaching. “The students gain a wealth of knowledge and workforce skills through events like these and the industry-driven mentorship in our program. This event was a great success in helping our students practice their networking skills and allowing them to pursue their career goals upon graduation."
The students attending included undergraduates in the BME senior capstone class and graduate students in the Master of Engineering, BME concentration. Some of the companies included Medtronic, AbbVie, Applied Medical, Edwards Lifesciences and Masimo.
Hannah Ruth Kan, a fourth-year BME student, went hoping to learn about the different opportunities available to her postgraduation and to gain networking experience. She appreciated the variety of companies present.
“It was actually far more rewarding to me than I had expected,” said Kan. “I received a lot of career insight regarding types of positions I can apply to, the companies my skills are relevant to, and the jobs available at this time. My favorite part was talking to a couple of the startup companies, as I learned a lot about their potential opportunities and their exciting work culture. I also found their work inspirational and my conversation with them made me look forward to entering the workforce after college.”
– Lori Brandt