Student Profile: Jonathan Bernhard
Where are you from?
Born and raised a Boilermaker, I was weaned on Gene Keady basketball, Rube Goldberg projects, and rigorous academic pursuit right here in West Lafayette, Indiana.
What are your hobbies/interests?
Competition: [I enjoy] anything that will test my abilities and challenge me to improve.
What do you hope to do once you graduate?
I am currently enrolled in the 5th year Master of Science program within the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. I am investigating novel approaches for repair and rehabilitation of damaged cartilage. Upon completion of my Master's degree, I hope to retain employment in a research and development branch of a major medical device company. I would like to eventually return to school and receive a doctorate in biomedical engineering, but I would first like to gain experience in the business world.
Tell me how you spent last summer, specifically about your AxoGen Nerve Regeneration Internship.
I spent the past summer in Gainesville, Florida amongst all the Gators. I worked as a marketing intern for the biomedical startup company AxoGen. AxoGen has developed innovative technology that is able to repair peripheral nerves after injury. As the marketing intern, I was able to see how companies inform and market the specific aspects the engineers’ design. It will be very beneficial in my future endeavors because I now have a complete understanding of the process from design to sell.
Tell me about your current involvement on Purdue’s campus.
My involvement at Purdue University has allowed me to meet a variety of different people, and the chance to make an impact in others’ lives. I am currently involved with a Campus Crusade for Christ Bible study; I am a trip leader for the medical brigade trip to Quito, Ecuador with the Timmy Foundation; and I am an ambassador for the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.