Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Kerr ( BSBME’10) – Fall 2013 Newsletter

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The following article is from the Fall 2013 BME Newsletter:

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Kevin Kerr, Corrective and Preventive Actions Engineer (CAPA) at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems in Ann Arbor

What are you up to now? I am working as a Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) Engineer at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems in Ann Arbor.  I help to identify and fix systemic or high risk issues identified on our Class III medical devices or on our quality system.
What is a typical day like for you?  I get to interface with many facets of the company such as analyzing information from complaints or investigating problems.  I really enjoy that I work with so many different departments like meeting with Design Engineers, discussing data with Software Engineers, and presenting summaries to the heads of departments.  There’s a lot of  running around but seeing a problem get fixed, or stopping a potential hazard feels great.
How did your time at Lawrence Tech prepare you for your career?  Lawrence Tech helped teach me how to communicate with people.  Technical communication can often be a challenge and LTU really prepared me for discussing complex concepts.  I use the statistics skills I developed at LTU almost every day since my job often requires working with large groups of data.  Lawrence Tech helped me learn the core biomedical, electrical, and chemical concepts to understand obstacles and to implement a solution to overcome them.
What organizations and activities were you involved in at Lawrence Tech?  I was a member of LTU Boot Camp which helped me stay in shape throughout my college career and helped me make a bunch of great friends.  I remember having a blast going to the great concerts, activities, and movies as well.
What is your best memory of Lawrence Tech? I once got lost trying to take a shortcut through the Architecture building and stumbled upon a James Bond movie showing.  I stayed to watch and after the movie I met a couple of friends who I still argue with about who the best James Bond is.
What is one piece of advice you would give to the current BME student at LTU?  Find a summer internship even if you have to get one in automotive, mechanical, or electrical.  Many people transition from their internship into a full time job after college.  Lawrence Tech will give you the tools for success, you have to put yourself out there so that you can make the connections that will get you a great job.

 

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