March STEMM Idol Speaker Duo

On Tuesday, CJ welcomed biomedical engineering professionals Chuck Webb and Matthew Ferguson from Good Samaritan Hospital (Catholic Health Initiatives) to speak with students during homeroom periods as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker series.

Ferguson, a recent college graduate, has worked as a biomedical engineer with Good Samaritan Hospital for less than one year. He is responsible for 3,000 pieces of equipment, maintaining and repairing numerous devices and technical equipment critical to patient care. Ferguson said the associate degree program he completed at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College was rigorous and prepared him well for the work, two days of which are never alike.

Chuck Webb, a veteran in the biomedical engineering field, maintains all of the imaging equipment at the hospital. He began his health care career as an X-ray technician 30 years ago.

According to Ferguson and Webb, opportunities and potential salaries abound for graduates of biomedical engineering degree programs at all levels—associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and beyond. No matter which occupation a biomedical engineering graduate might pursue, whether more technical, hands-on, or engineering, research and design, the application of math, electronics/computer technology, communication skills, problem solving, and quick response are important skills required to be successful.

Biomedical engineers interested in the technical hands-on application of the degree may work for hospitals or equipment manufacturers such as Phillips, General Electic, or Siemens—the three largest medical equipment manufacturers—or may find employment with service companies that manage equipment at multiple locations.

Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) is part of the Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s second largest Catholic health care system. CJ’s biomedical sciences program is sponsored in part by GSH.