Alumni Profile

Sean Martin

Engineering is an incredible field and although I do not work in it, the mindset and perspective gained through going through an engineering program is invaluable. The opportunity to be a student leader and reinforce principles of engineering through teaching is one that I am so glad that I had. Whether I realize it or not I am almost always using an "engineer's perspective" to approach the patients that I see or the research problems that I work on."

Where I've Been

Cities

  • Buffalo, NY

Organizations

  • Various clinics and hospitals

Positions

  • Medical Student

What I've Done

What types of work have you performed? What projects have you worked on?
I have been on all different types of clinical rotations getting to be a part of a healthcare team

What have been some favorite aspects of your work?
Bringing a unique perspective to learning all of the information in medical school. Additionally it's pretty satisfying constantly thinking about how to apply my engineering degree to solving medical problems even if it's just bringing a unique perspective to generating a differential diagnosis.

What was one of your most satisfying days as an engineer?
Getting to use problem solving skills that I learned the foundation of when I was in EAS 140 to diagnose and develop treatment plans for patients

Was it worth it? What has your engineering background made possible for you? What value has it added to your overall life?
Yes it absolutely was worth it. Engineering is an incredible field and although I do not work in it, the mindset and perspective gained through going through an engineering program is invaluable. The opportunity to be a student leader and reinforce principles of engineering through teaching is one that I am so glad that I had.

Whether I realize it or not I am almost always using an "engineer's perspective" to approach the patients that I see or the research problems that I work on. It is something that helps set me apart in medicine and I can only imagine it helping me further my career in orthopedic surgery and biomedical device design.

Why it Matters

What would you say to the freshmen currently sitting in your shoes?
It's a fun time, be nice to all your fellow students and enjoy every minute of it. Keep learning in EAS 140 and small groups. A lot of what you learn will somehow help you in the future whether you think it will or not.