Evelyn Campbell

Manufacturing Engineer, Boston Scientific

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Degree subject Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Medical Mechanical Engineering (DCU), PhD in Tissue Engineering (DCU)
Job title Manufacturing Engineer 1, Structural Heart
Employer Boston Scientific

Why did a career in the medical
devices sector appeal?

The combination of engineering and
medical devices has always appealed
to me, leading me to pursue an
undergraduate degree in Medical
Mechanical Engineering in DCU. In
addition to the course content, my
interest in this field was reinforced
during my third year student
placement during which I spent 8
months in Boston Scientific Galway as
a Manufacturing Engineer. My
experience was of a warm, welcoming
work environment combined with
challenging and innovative products
and projects. Having completed a PhD
in Tissue Engineering and eager to reenter
industry; Boston Scientific, as a
world-class medical device
manufacturer and recent entrant into
the trans-catheter aortic valve market,
was the perfect fit.

What does your day to day role involve?

When I re-joined Boston Scientific on
the graduate programme, I was a Line
Support Manufacturing Engineer for
peripheral intervention catheters and
stents. Day-to-day activities included
monitoring yield issues, problem
solving, and process improvement
projects. The Programme offers a
structured professional and personal
development programme in parallel
with daily practical engineering
experience. Having completed the
Programme, I moved to the Structural
Heart production unit where I am an
Operations Manufacturing Engineer
for a trans-catheter aortic valve. It is a
cross-functional project which has
allowed me to develop an in-depth
understanding of the product and
process in addition to building
relationships with the Quality, Product
Development, R&D, Regulatory, and
Microbiology teams.

What’s been one of the biggest
challenges so far?

The biggest challenge so far has been
the transition from academia to
industry, the different pace of the
environment and change in emphasis
on expected outputs. There are many
aspects of the undergraduate and
postgraduate experience which are
applicable in industry, however there are
many systems and processes involved
in the day-to-day running of a large
multinational company to get up to
speed with during the initial transition.

What advice would you have for
students?

An undergraduate programme which
offers a student placement is
invaluable. On the one hand it enables
you to gain a clearer understanding of
your potential career path, and on the
other hand, it has the potential to
develop into a longer term relationship
with the company, as in my case with
Boston Scientific.

How do you hope to see your career developing over the next few years?

I would like to see myself progressing
to a Senior Level in a few years’ time.
Our Personal Development
Programme enables you to succeed in
progression to a senior level.

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