David Swain is a Senior New Product Development Engineer at Edwards Lifesciences. David works in the Advanced Technology Business unit. This means he develops the manufacturing processes for some of the new products they are working on.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering with a minor in Business Administration. Graduated from the University of Toledo. I chose to pursue bioengineering because I wanted to help improve the quality of life for individuals with life-changing ailments like my father.
I work at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, Calif.. Edwards is a global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring.
I first learned about Edwards at a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) conference in Pittsburgh back in 2018.
I love the innovative, positive, and patient-focused culture here at Edwards. The culture at Edwards is highly unique and collaborative. One thing that drew me to Edwards was the opportunity to work on new and innovative technology. I also liked that the company offers many development opportunities.
Top skills to have in my role: problem solving, agility, teamwork, and being observant. I chose NPD Manufacturing because I think it is the best place for a new engineer to learn how industry works, and what it takes to build product. Being a manufacturing engineer requires you to work with the cross functions a lot, so you can interact with many different functions early on. Starting in manufacturing also gives you an understanding of how the design affects manufacturability and allows you to take those learnings to become a better engineer.
Identifying your purpose/ passion, and happily living it out every day!
Knowing that everything I work on is going to help either save someone’s life or significantly improve their quality of life.
Apply to many different places, practice your pitch, and establish a professional brand.
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969) by Sam Greenlee. It’s a fictional tale of the first black CIA officer, and of the CIA's history of training persons and political groups who later used their specialized training against the agency.