Susan Scharf

Senior Mechanical Engineer

  • Relevant Experience: 29 years

  • Education:
    B.S. Engineering - Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Experience in the field

Over 25 years experience as a mechanical engineer, 20 years in the medical industry.

What do you like about working at Tensentric?

The people at Tensentric are great to work with, talented engineers that are focused on delivering high quality medical products to the market.

If you couldn’t be an engineer, what would you be? And why?

A dancer but I grew up in a small town and there were no dance classes. My other hobbies were puzzles and math so my second choice for a major in college was engineering. I think things worked out for the best.

What’s the most interesting medical device project you’ve worked on and why?

It is hard to say which project was the most interesting. They have all been so unique and rewarding in different ways. I’ve been involved in multiple IVD project with some complex mechanical mechanisms and challenging packaging constraints. I’ve work on complicated high volume plastic design, surgical navigation tools, generators, and customer wearables.

I think I really like more complex projects that require engineers from multiple disciplines working together.

What unique set of skills do you bring to Tensentric?

I have worked on a variety of different project for different customers I think I’m able to see potential issues before they arrive and help guide the design direction to a successful product execution.

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

I love running, cycling, hiking, and camping.

Where are you from and how did you end up in Colorado?

I grew up in a small town in South Dakota. After college I got a job in Chicago because I thought I wanted to live in a big city. After four years I had enough and moved out to Boulder, Colorado. Colorado has everything I want: great outdoor activities, easy lifestyle, and If I want to see a concert or a show Denver is a short drive away.

If you had a billion dollars what would you do with it?

First, I would buy a sailboat and move to Tahiti. Then I would take some time to think about what I would do with all that money. Bill Gates said “with great wealth comes great responsibility”. I think MacKenzie Scott is a great example of the positive impact of philanthropy, and I would like to do something similar.