Mechanical engineering graduates held internships that led to success with an ambitious senior design project and full-time jobs.
Mechanical engineering graduates Jeremy Boyette '10 and Michael Calomeni '10 both held internships with Sadra Medical, a small, Los Gatos start-up that specializes in innovative treatments for heart disease. Success with an ambitious senior design project and experience as interns led to full-time jobs for both Boyette and Calomeni.
When it came time to decide on their senior design project, the interns approached their supervisor at Sadra and asked if there was anything they could build or do for the company. Sadra challenged the interns with a pressing project that involved improving the durability of the stents used in the aortic heart valves the company manufactures.
“Our project was different from the traditional senior assignment because we were involved directly with a company on a product that could make it to market,” says Calomeni, who grew up in Campbell, a stone’s throw from Sadra’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
The two engineering students chose this capstone project because it was difficult, and throughout their senior year, the two worked 15 hours each during the week—sometimes extra on weekends, all while balancing a heavy course load along with sports activities.
Originally from Sacramento, Boyette says, “At Sadra, because of the start-up nature, you wear multiple hats, and even though during our internships Mike technically worked for research and development and I worked for manufacturing, we actually ended up collaborating on something that’s more R&D.”
Appearing to be light years ahead on their career tracks, the engineering grads have no major concerns about the economy and the not-so-positive news about the job market.
“I’ve had friends who say: ‘If you want a job, forward me your resume,’” says Boyette. According to the two grads, medical device engineering—especially with the steady increase of baby-boomers fueling the market—doesn’t appear to have been hit too hard by the recent economic downturn.
The two attribute SCU’s small class sizes, close interaction with professors, and an industry-wide reputation for training excellent engineering students as key to their being offered jobs by Sadra.
“At Santa Clara there’s a nice balance of theoretical and hands-on, which makes the transition from school to job a very smooth one,” says Calomeni.
“And it’s nice, because you still get that cutting-edge technology in your career, but at the same time, you know you’re doing something good,” adds Boyette.