User Experience and Human Factors Engineer
- Relevant Experience: 6 years
B.S. Kinesiology and Movement Science - Penn State University
M.S. Bioengineering - University of Pittsburgh
Experience in the field
I started in Human Factors Engineering in January 2017 with Bayer in their Radiology division conducting usability evaluations on a variety of medical device products from early to late-stage development. I also spent time working as a Human Factors and Design Validation Engineer at Pfizer Device Combination Products: Small Molecule working with combination delivery devices.
Some of the things I’ve worked on are:
- Electromechanical Fluid Delivery Systems in a variety of Radiology Modalities
- Software Systems (including touchscreen GUIs)
- Single and Multi-use Sterile Disposables
- Data Analytic/Dosimetry Software (including web-based GUIs)
- Artificial Intelligence (Image reading support software)
- Concept Creation and Development
- Virtual Reality
- Combination Products
- IFU and Quick Guide Development
What do you like about working at Tensentric?
The people I get to work with daily. Everyone is very happy and friendly, which makes for a fantastic work environment. Also, there’s a wide range of veteran experience and multiple disciplines and a broad range of cross-disciplinary interest.
If you couldn’t be an engineer, what would be you? Why?
That’s a tough one because I have a lot of hobbies and interests. Human Factors/UX seems to merge all of them together that just work. If I had to pick something, I think it would be really cool and creative to be a music producer. Ask me on a different day and I’ll have a different answer.
What unique set of skills do you bring to Tensentric?
I approach my work with a scout-mindset (seeking to gain information and directing the best path forward). I’m a constant learner and love learning about new topics. Also, I bring additional creativity for human factors/UX approaches.
As for industry experience, I’ve worked on Class I to Class III products, designed for both US and outside-US submissions. I also bring to the team additional experience with 510(k) medical devices and combination products.
What hobbies or non-work activities are you most passionate about?
I love being outdoors and spending time with my dog (Vizsla) Lucy. You can likely find me skiing in the winters and backpacking in the summer. I also enjoy playing golf, volleyball, tennis, and running. When I’m not physically active, I enjoy painting, playing guitar, producing music, and playing my fair share of video games.
If you could work on any type of medical device project, what would it be and why?
I find human kinematics and gait extremely interesting. So anything in the field of biomechanics has been a really interesting field to me since undergrad. From a biomechanical perspective, it’s pretty impressive what our body has adapted to and is capable of doing.
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I knew I wanted to be something that involved being creative. I used to sketch cartoons and spend most of my time trying to make friends and family laugh. I have many memories of frustrating my brother because I used multiple LEGO sets to build something cooler than what was in the instructions – so being a Human Factors Engineer seems like a natural calling.
Where are you from and how did you end up in Colorado?
I am from Bethlehem, PA (Lehigh Valley). After college, I lived in Pittsburgh, PA for a handful of years too. I ended up in Colorado because I started seasonally vacationing to visit friends who moved out here. I ended up loving it so much that I figured I’d make it my home.
If you could join one rock band, which one would you join and why?
This may change depending on when you ask me. I used to listened to a lot of Metallica in middle school and high school, but then I started to like more bands like Minus the Bear in high school and college.
What do you like most about living in Colorado?
300 days of sunshine – do I need to say more? You can pretty much be active outdoors all year around.
If you could go back in time, where and what time would you travel to and why?
I think it would be really interesting to see any time before humans documented their existence (e.g., prehistoric times). It would be way cooler to witness it.