Development Engineer

Eli Lilly and Company
  • Lauren Reberger
  • Class of 2014
  • College Major: Biomedical Engineering
What/who inspired you to get into this field?

I had a science teacher in 7th grade who encouraged me to look into the opportunities biomedical engineering had to offer. Once I was in high school, a family friend provided me the chance to job shadow a biomedical engineer they worked with. The job shadow experience, and the variety of jobs I could pursue that all focused on improving patients’ lives, convinced me to study biomedical engineering.

What classes would you recommend for this field (high school and college)?

During high school, I would recommend science and math classes, such as biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics and calculus. At Rose-Hulman, core biomedical engineering classes are grouped into bioinstrumentation, biomechanics and biomaterials. Students typically will select one of the three to pursue during their junior year of college.

What are some other companies that employ graduates in this field?

Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Edwards Lifesciences, Roche Diagnostics and many more.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Knowing the medical devices my team and I are working to develop will improve the lives of individuals who deal with diseases that hinder their day-to-day activities. Undoubtedly, the work of biomedical engineers will someday benefit my close friends, family or even myself.