Hi everyone! Now that the fall semester started I wanted to give a little update on my summer.
This summer I lived in Santa Clara, CA where I interned for Abbott Laboratories at their Diagnostics Division.
As a little overview of what Abbott is/what they do, they basically do every aspect of the BME industry. Last year I worked for their Cardiac Rhythm Management site (legacy St. Jude Medical) where they manufacture pacemakers and other cardiac devices. They also have a vascular and diabetes medical device business. Besides medical devices they have pharmaceutical, nutrition, and diagnostics businesses.
I worked in the research and development group in Santa Clara. The site I worked at focused on hematology (blood diagnostics), where they developed blood analyzers, slide maker stainers, and reagents.
My main projects revolved around the launch of Abbott Hematology’s new machines, a blood analyzer and slide maker stainer. I did a ton of project management work, testing, and process improvement. The site I was at was very into visual project management and the obeya model, which is basically a Japanese style of management (think war room). I was able to learn this style of management and implement these techniques in the verification of the new products.
During the middle of the summer Abbott flew all of the interns out to Chicago where we attended a week of development workshops, volunteer opportunities, and corporate networking events.
Other than that I explored the bay area most weekends. I went on a few boat tours of San Francisco (and Chicago), which were amazing.
This is nerdy but one of my favorite things to do on the weekends was go to the SF Symphony. I applied for a student pass where I got a huge discount on tickets so I basically went every weekend. My favorite was when they performed the Rite of Spring by Stravinsky (my jam). Before the main orchestra came out and played they had an amazing pianist perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which was great but his encore was one of my all time favorite pieces by my boy Chopin (Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2 in F-sharp) and I just about had an outer body experience.
Take a listen to this beauty:
Here are two of my other favorites (just in case you need some study music, you’re welcome):
Overall this summer was incredible. I met some amazing people and worked for my dream company that I’ll be returning to next summer.
Thanks for reading if you got this far!