Andrew Reardon

Industrial Designer

Relevant Experience:5 years

Education:B.S. Industrial Design - Metropolitan State University of Denver

Experience in the field

I worked part time for a year designing custom store fixtures, which were manufactured in house. I also did an internship designing cochlear implant accessories for children. Then I started my internship with Tensentric in Spring 2020 and switched to full time in September.

What do you like about working at a company that designs medical products?

I have always liked helping people and designing/inventing things. Ever since I was in kindergarten and had a friend with a prosthetic arm, I have felt that designing things to help others would be a fulfilling life. The medical field also requires excellency, you can’t cut corners and the end product needs to work. Many other fields encourage cheap shortcuts to save money, but inevitably hurt the end user, I wanted to do better than that.

What do you like about working at Tensentric?

I like the intricate challenges we face, the creative solutions to solve them, and how much science is involved through the whole process. But my very favorite thing is how diverse my workload is, one day I’m drawing, the next I’m learning how a new technology works, the day after I’m building a prototype.

What unique set of skills do you bring to Tensentric?

I have a very broad knowledge base and can quickly understand how many parts function together. I like figuring out how things work and how they could be improved, then mixing that with the balance between form and function.

What hobbies or non-work activities are you most passionate about?

I really like cars, and outdoor activities. I spend most of my weekends working on my 1980 Datsun 280ZX or going off-roading in my truck. I’m always looking for opportunities to go boating or fishing and in the winter I ski as much as I can.

Where were you born/where did you grow up?

I grew up in Langhorne Pennsylvania, then moved to Colorado during high school.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve wanted to be an inventor ever since first or second grade. Industrial designer is the closest degree you can get, and exactly what I was looking for.