I chose RPI because of its Aeronautical Engineering Program. However, before we had to declare our majors, I had already switched focus to Mechanical Engineering, because I liked the armaments more than the planes they were mounted on. I worked two summer internships in the small caliber R&D group of a local arsenal, and almost every resume I sent out as graduation approached was to defense contractors.
How I ended up at a medical device company is still a mystery to me. Originally it was, “temporarily, until a weapons designer job comes up.” Nineteen years later, and it’s been some fortunately long lasting temporariness. When describing previous experience, I explained that I worked on a seventeen French dilator…it just happened to dilate at eight hundred rounds a minute.
(Slight pause while those who work for medical device manufacturers giggle a bit, and everyone else stares blankly.)
This is a life saving device.
However, it does depend which end of the device you are on.
There were many aspects of the medical device world where I was unceremoniously thrown into the deep end. None of them were anywhere near as shock inducing as the trips to the medical school Teaching Hospital basement.