BME Discovery Day

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Discovery Day

Tuesday, April 6th from 9:00am-4:00 pm


BME Discovery day is a one-day virtual conference where BME students, faculty, staff, and alumni can come together to foster career exploration and occupational guidance, learn about industry trends, and build relationships through networking.

Logistics: All sessions will be held through Zoom and each session has a corresponding Zoom link. When utilized, breakout rooms will be created ahead of time and labeled so attendees can move autonomously. All sessions will have an Iowa College of Engineering representative to introduce the speaker(s) and facilitate the session when needed. 

Prior to the Event: 

1. If you have not already, download ZOOM and make sure that you are using the latest version.

2. Consider your attire, virtual background, and overall environment. You are encouraged to treat this like a professional conference. 

3. Review and explore the list of companies represented at BME Discovery Day. 


Register Here!


The Morning Schedule (9:00 am – Noon CST):




Employer / Alumni

9:00-10:00 am

  • Introduction of BME Discovery Day 2021
  • Keynote Title: Follow your North Star for a Bright and Meaningful Career
  • Q&A

We will have a brief introduction with logistics for the day followed by our keynote speaker, Alyse Stofer, Director of Device Mechanical Engineering for the Cardiac Rhythm Management business at Medtronic.



10:00-10:30 am

Round 1




10:30-11:00 am

Round 2

Round Table Discussions:

  1. Personal Statements & Letters of Rec
  2. Mentor & Mentee
  3. How to be an Undergrad Researcher
  4. Resume Tips & Tricks
  5. Interviewing Success
  6. How to Network Virtually


The round table discussions will last one hour, consisting of two thirty-minute sessions. Attendees will choose which topics are most meaningful to them. At each roundtable discussion there will be a professional outlining best practices, key strategies, and answering questions. After 30 minutes, choose a new topic for discussion and select the link accordingly.


  1. Carver College of Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy
  2. Astellas Pharma, University of Iowa
  3. Graduate Research
  4. 3M, Epic
  5. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Siemens, Medical Murray
  6. Roche Diagnostics


11:00-12:00 pm

Industry Panels:

Emerging Trends in...

  1. Medical Devices
  2. Software, Imaging, & Informatics
  3. Clinical Research & Basic Science
  4. Manufacturing, Quality, & Regulatory


Attendees will choose to attend the panel that sounds most interesting to them. Each panel will consist of two to three industry professionals that are currently working in that area.


  1. Cook Research Inc, BD
  2. Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), 3M
  3. SnapLogic, Siemens, Stereotaxis, Mayo Clinic
  4. Bimini Health, Smiths Medical, Astellas Pharma

12:00–1:00 pm

Lunch Break


The Afternoon Schedule (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST):




Employer / Alumni

1:00-3:00 pm

Career Conversations

Students, working professionals, and pre-professional program advisors will have the chance to connect and talk in Zoom breakout rooms. Each breakout room will have a title corresponding to the person or topics being discussed while students can freely move from room to room. You do not have to participate for the full 1:00-3:00 pm time frame and can come and go as you need.


Stryker, BD, IDT, Abbott, Astellas, NanoMedTrix, VIDA Lung, Mayo Clinic, Smiths Medical, Imperative Care, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Digital Diagnostics,

Pre-Medical Advising, Pre-Physical Therapy Advising, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

1:00-2:00 pm

“Oh, the Places you will Go.”

Hear from city representatives about the industry outlook in some key BME cities:

  • Warsaw, IN
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • San Jose, CA


Hear from alumni living and working in the select Biomedical Engineering career “hot spots.”  This session will be broken into three parts. In Part 1 you will hear from each city representative. Part 2 is a large group Q&A, followed by Part 3 where we will separate into city/location breakout rooms.

Zimmer Biomet, Nextremity Solutions, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Accenture, Medical Murray, Stryker

2:00-2:30 pm

Round 3


2:30-3:00 pm

Round 4

“The Early Years” Round Table

  1. Medical Devices
  2. Software, Imaging, & Informatics
  3. Clinical Research & Basic Science
  4. Manufacturing, Quality, & Regulatory


These round table discussions will last one hour, consisting of two thirty-minute sessions. Within the hour attendees will be able to join two different round table discussions groups. Hear from young professionals about their successes and challenges within various industries.


  1. Dexcom, Medical Murray, CIVCO
  2. Google, VIDA, SmileClub
  3. Abbott, The University of Iowa
  4. Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Philips

3:00-3:15 pm: Short Break (7th Inning Stretch)

3:15-4:00 pm

Pecha Kucha Tech Talks followed by Q&A


This tech talk will follow a unique format. You will hear from five different experts for no more than six and a half minutes. They will have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Once finished you will have a few minutes for Q&A with each expert.


Ephi Most (Medtronic)

Kirsten Anderson (UI)

Matt Coyne (Nextremity Solutions)

Dr. Laura Frey Law (UIHC)

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Companies Represented at BME Discovery Day