Author Archives: Ryan

Fall 1: New Challenges

The fall semester is underway! Now that we are no longer in Costa Rica, I plan to update this blog every month with experiences and challenges from my coursework. Classes started toward the end of August, but just as we … Continue reading

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End-of-Summer Reflections

Our time in Costa Rica has come to an end. We have returned to Houston, and are preparing to begin our Fall classes. This week, on top of my typical summary of the past week’s activities, I’ve also included some … Continue reading

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Week 10: Wrapping Up

If you remember from Week 9, the nonstandard orders we were using to conduct our experiment were finally supposed to begin production this Monday. I arrived early Monday morning to ensure everything ran smoothly, only to find out that a … Continue reading

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Week 9: Putting in the (Paper)work

Several weeks ago, I had a conversation with Dr Richardson about the different types of activities typically done within manufacturing engineering. At the beginning of the conversation, he said something like “Well first there’s sustaining, which is frankly a lot … Continue reading

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Week 8: Implementation Project Introductions

The end of this week marks the halfway point for my internship at Boston Scientific. It’s hard to believe it’s almost over! It seems like just yesterday we were in orientation, and the day before that that we got to … Continue reading

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Week 7: Designing Experiments

This past week in my internship at Boston Scientific, I started working on my primary project. When one of Boston’s product lines first entered production, they used a particular technology to conduct one of the fabrication steps. However, in recent … Continue reading

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Week 6: Starting My Internship at Boston Scientific

This week was the start of our internship at Boston Scientific, which will take up the rest of our time here in Costa Rica. My (and Josh’s) role for the next six weeks is to support manufacturing engineers through various … Continue reading

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Week 5: Implementation

This week, we made our way back to San Jose, the nation’s capital, for a Medical Device Implementation short course. The class was taught by our own Dr Richardson to the 8 GMI students and 25 professionals from medical device … Continue reading

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Week 4: Prototyping

This past week we had a very focused objective of completing a prototype to get patient and doctor feedback on Friday. The prototype was mostly designed by last year’s GMI cohort, so our main task was to make it out … Continue reading

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Week 3: Presentation challenges and new gestures

Last week (week 2), we participated in a short design course with local Costa Rican students over the course of four days. This past Monday, we got the opportunity to present our work to a panel of local industry professionals … Continue reading

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