Medicine, math and compassion
A campus visit made the college decision an easy one for Matthew Pharris. At Purdue, he found unmatched access to research for undergraduates and a strong history of producing outstanding engineers.
Pharris also decided biomedical engineering was a perfect compromise between his love of medicine and skill in math.
“BME really gets to the heart of what engineering is all about: improving people’s lives,” he says.
Pharris is among the more than 90% of biomedical engineering students who gain hands-on experience through internships, co-ops, research, study abroad and EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service). Pharris’ experience conducting concussion research with Dr. Riyi Shi helped him steer his internship choices.
Pharris worked as an experimental design engineer at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
“I loved working alongside physicians at surgical prep, during rounds and in the lab,” Pharris says.
Pharris also worked as an intern at Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation (FWM) in Ireland, where he tested stainless steel alloys for eventual use in cardiovascular stents and pacemaker leads.
You can read more about Pharris’ experiences and the hands-on experiences of some of our students in our Spotlights section.