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2019 Alumni

Halie Hotchkiss

    Alyssa Marzella

      Jennifer Fukagawa

        Christian Keenan

          Brenna Schnell

            Ariana Cervantes

              Devon Foggio

                Anli Lin

                  Huy Nguyen

                    April Tsang

                      Kwasi Nimako

                        Jane Fong

                          Ivy Mannoh

                            Gavin Hambrose

                              Rebecca Macaluso

                                Veronica Valencerina

                                  Elana Chazen

                                    Emily Grey

                                      2018 Alumni

                                      Amanda Smith, M.S.

                                        Vladimir Tokarchuk, M.S.

                                          Eric Ravinal, M.S.

                                            Alyssa Lopez, M.S.

                                              James Melton, M.S.

                                                Emily Newman, M.S.

                                                  Greg Dadourian, M.S.

                                                    Connor McBride, M.S.

                                                      Joshua Schum-Houck, M.S.

                                                        Meghann Meyer, M.S.

                                                          Rebecca Amorese, M.S.

                                                            Evan Sosnow, M.S.

                                                              Justin Schumacher, M.S.

                                                                Raiem Smith, M.S.

                                                                  2017 Alumni

                                                                  Lauren Seitz, M.S.

                                                                  Kyle Meyers, M.S.

                                                                  Manufacturing Engineer I at Welch Allyn

                                                                  • Location: Syracuse, NY


                                                                  Spencer DeCinque, M.S.

                                                                  Ian Baranowski, M.S.

                                                                  Kerry Donnelly, M.S.

                                                                  Brittany Garrison, M.S.

                                                                  Bethany Lennox, M.S.

                                                                  Saadedine (Dean) El-Homsi, M.S.

                                                                  Caeli Quiter, M.S.

                                                                  Continuous Improvement / Quality Assurance Engineer

                                                                  • Location: CooperVision


                                                                  Margaret Ferrari, M.S.

                                                                  PhD Graduate Student

                                                                  • Location: University of Colorado

                                                                  Margaret is interested in the pediatric cardiovascular space and is at the University of Colorado Denver Continue reading

                                                                  Courage Tsiagbe, M.S.

                                                                  2016 Alumni

                                                                  Danielle Wilson, M.S.

                                                                  Development Engineer

                                                                  • Location: Zimmer Biomet
                                                                  • Website: Link

                                                                  Contract Development Engineer with Adecco at Zimmer Biomet. Responsibiliries include reviewing documentation in Trauma Orthopaedic design controls, Continue reading

                                                                  Andrew Zeccola, M.S.

                                                                  Systems Engineer

                                                                  • Location: Medtronic (formerly Heartware)
                                                                  • Website: Link

                                                                  As part of the Mechanical Circulatory Support group at Medtronic I work with system, subsystem,
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                                                                  Angela Ryck, M.S.

                                                                    Shwe Pyie, M.S.

                                                                    Validation Engineer

                                                                    • Location: PSC BioTech
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    • Worked on full lifecycle validation for computerized systems, lab and manufacturing equipment Continue reading

                                                                    Tristan Richardson, M.S.

                                                                    Validation Engineer

                                                                    • Location: Albany Molecular Research Inc.
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Since August 2017 I have led all validation activities at the AMRI Burlington site. Continue reading

                                                                    Martin Gitomer, M.S.

                                                                    Associate Verification and Validation Engineer

                                                                    • Location: Medtronic (formerly Heartware)
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    • Plans, realizes, and delivers in Systems & Component (HW & SW) level Verification implementation,
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                                                                    Erica Marron, M.S.

                                                                    Associate Product Manager I

                                                                    • Location: K2M
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Scott Harrienger, M.S.

                                                                    Associate Clinical Account Specialist

                                                                    • Location: Biosense Webster
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Scott is an Associate Clinical Account Specialist.  Biosense Webster trains employees to become a full Clinical Account Continue reading

                                                                    Kayleigh Miller, M.S.


                                                                    • Location: NuVasive Inc.
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Neurophysiologist with Nuvasive Clinical Services providing intra-operative monitoring during various surgeries.

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                                                                    2015 Alumni

                                                                    Kierstan Ryan, M.S.

                                                                    Associate CMC Regulatory Sciences Specialist

                                                                    • Location: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Assists the Commercial Products team with maintaining regulatory filings in US and ex-US countries. Continue reading

                                                                    Chad Pickering, M.S.

                                                                    R&D Engineer

                                                                    • Location: Medtronic

                                                                    Chad works started as a Product Development Engineer II at Smith & Nephew Advanced Surgical Devices (ASD) in Andover, MA.    Continue reading

                                                                    Jayne Elizabeth Gavrity, M.S.

                                                                    Research Engineer II

                                                                    • Location: Smith & Nephew
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Jayne works as part of the research department within the Advanced Surgical Devices unit of Smith & Nephew. Continue reading

                                                                    Jonathan Stone, M.D., M.S.


                                                                    • Location: University of Rochester
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Jonathan Stone Neurosurgeon at the University of Rochester and is a graduate of the CMTI MS program. Continue reading

                                                                    Deborah Cooper, M.S.

                                                                    Product Applications Development Engineer

                                                                    • Location: Transonic Systems
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    As Product Applications Development Engineer, she interfaces between R&D and early adopters of the technology Continue reading

                                                                    Courtney Kodweis, M.S.

                                                                    Medical Student

                                                                    • Location: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

                                                                    Courtney is currently a medical student  at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Continue reading

                                                                    Qinglong Liu, M.S.

                                                                    Associate R&D Engineer

                                                                    • Location: DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine, Jiangsu, China

                                                                    Qinglong completed his M.S. in Materials Science at University of Rochester.  His main responsibility is as a design engineer for arthroscopic  Continue reading

                                                                    Megan Stockdill, M.S.

                                                                    Associate Product Development Engineer

                                                                    • Location: DePuy Synthes, a member of J&J
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    As a R&D Product Development Engineer, Trauma, Megan assists with the design and Continue reading

                                                                    Laura Hobbs, M.S.

                                                                    Medical Student

                                                                    • Location: Albany Medical College in Albany, NY
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Laura started off as a Process Engineer that supported contact lens design and development Continue reading

                                                                    Nathan Couper, M.S.

                                                                    Product Development Engineer

                                                                    • Location: LSI Solutions, Victor, NY

                                                                    Nathan started as a project engineer responsible for leading contract product development services at FTT. Continue reading

                                                                    Lisa Benison, M.S.

                                                                    System Engineer

                                                                    • Location: Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Lisa is currently within the R&D Functional Performance group at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics as a Systems Engineer in Rochester. Continue reading

                                                                    Benjamin Vespone, M.S.

                                                                    Biomedical Engineer

                                                                    • Location: Ximedica in Providence, RI
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Ben currently works as an Associate Biomedical Engineer at Ximedica in Providence, RI. Continue reading

                                                                    2014 Alumni

                                                                    Matthew Crilley, M.S.

                                                                    Quality Engineering

                                                                    • Location: Martech Medical Products
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Martech specializes primarily in manufacturing extruded tubing and injection-molded components Continue reading

                                                                    Erin Keegan, M.S.

                                                                    Biomedical Engineer and Scientific Reviewer

                                                                    • Location: FDA

                                                                    Lead Reviewer for the Neurostimulaton Devices Branch of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices Continue reading

                                                                    Jessica Indyk, M.S.

                                                                    Product Development Engineer

                                                                    • Location: DePuy Synthes
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Formerly a Research Sr Engineer I at Zimmer Biomet

                                                                    Mohammad Musleh, M.S.

                                                                    Engineer II, Lens Design

                                                                    • Location: Bausch + Lomb
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Mohammad is working at Bausch & Lomb as a Development Engineer in the lens design group. Continue reading

                                                                    Ryan DeAngelis, M.S.

                                                                    Field Clinical Studies Engineer

                                                                    • Location: BIOTRONIK
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    As a Field Clinical Studies Engineer with Biotronik, I work with our study sites in the greater New York area. Continue reading

                                                                    W. Spencer Klubben, M.S.

                                                                    Business Development Manager

                                                                    • Location: Versalume and Corning Incorporated
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Spencer is currently a Business Development Manager for Versalume and Corning Incorporated.  Continue reading

                                                                    2013 Alumni

                                                                    Alvin Lomibao, M.S.

                                                                    Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs

                                                                    • Location: Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Science
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    As Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs, Alvin collects and analyzes data for the purpose of identifying process Continue reading

                                                                    2012 Alumni

                                                                    Rachel Rakvica, M.S.

                                                                    Integration/Lead Engineer

                                                                    • Location: W. L. Gore & Associates, Phoenix, Arizona
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    • Lead team of 9 engineers to align priorities, and create plans to meet business objectives. 
                                                                    • Provide technical and risk management guidance for decision making to support ongoing manufacturing activities. 
                                                                    • Assist with planning of future projects, budgeting, and forecasting of resources.
                                                                    • Partner with HR to encourage and facilitate the development of the engineering team.

                                                                    Her prior role at Gore as an Engineer involved: 

                                                                    • Drove the investigation and corrective action of a failure mode based on complaints from the field. Tested and implemented new solution by facilitating discussions and decisions among multi-disciplinary teams. Documented activities in accordance with the Design Control Process for Class III medical device. 
                                                                    • Wrote and executed IQ, OQ, POQ, and PQs for new and existing equipment and processes.
                                                                    • Assess Fitness for Use and clinical impact of anomalies observed in Manufacturing and Quality Control and document in appropriate Quality System object (NCRs, CAPAs, Field Investigations, etc).
                                                                    • Determine root cause of returned devices from the field and impact of observed failure modes.
                                                                    • Assist new product development efforts by drafting verification protocols and testing new designs.

                                                                    Nicole Varble, M.S.

                                                                    PhD Candidate

                                                                    • Location: Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo
                                                                    • Website: Link

                                                                    Her background includes in vitro models of the arm vasculature and arteriovenous fistulas for hemodiaysis access Continue reading

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