From DeVry to Stanford: Dublin’s Robert Morales on Becoming a Biomedical Engineer
DUBLIN, CA–As a result of his hard work, determination, and focus, Robert Morales, a DeVry University Class of 2016 graduate and Dublin High School Class of 2013 alum, started work at Stanford Medical Center as a biomedical engineer this summer. Morales sat down with OneDublin.org to share his experiences in the biomedical field and how he got to where he is today. Just three years ago, Morales chose to enroll in DeVry University in Fremont because of DeVry’s expedited program in biomedical engineering. DeVry’s program, which has no long breaks, allowed Morales to finish his undergraduate degree in three years instead of four. Morales explained that the expedited program was beneficial because it requires focus and there is not much room for distraction.
During his three years at DeVry, Morales took every opportunity possible to expand his knowledge in the biomedical field and to meet as many people as he could. In his first year, Morales joined a biomedical club that helped him get a solid grasp on what to look forward to in a biomedical career. During his time with the biomedical club, Morales took on roles such as VP of promotion and was elected president of the club during his senior year. In these roles, Morales got the chance to build his networking and leadership skills.
Morales also became heavily involved with the California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA), which is the largest biomedical networking association in the San Francisco Bay Area. CMIA provides excellent opportunities for people within the biomedical field to network and train. Because of scholarships that Morales was able to achieve through the association, Morales attended multiple training sessions and received certifications for free. For example, after discovering that Complex Imaging provides training on ultrasound, and that CMIA offers scholarships for that training, Morales got the opportunity to further his long-term goal of working in a radiology department with medical imaging. Instead of paying $4,000 for classes on ultrasound, Morales was able to apply for a scholarship through CMIA and attend the classes for free.
To gain experience working in a hospital setting, Morales worked at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for four months through DeVry’s internship program. Through this program, Morales realized that biomedical engineering was truly for him. “I didn’t realize I was so good at this job,” said Morales, “when the main lead biomed asked me how I knew some of the things I did, I realized I have a real talent in this field.”
Thanks to his hard work and talent in the biomedical field, Morales was recommended for a job at the Stanford Medical Center. As a biomedical engineer with Stanford, Morales is responsible for preventative maintenance, electrical safety, and equipment calibration. Morales has the very important role of making sure that units are up and running at all times for the safety of the patients in the hospital.
For advice on achieving the success that he has had in such a short period of time, Morales emphasizes how important it is to get your name out there and to network. “You don’t need a perfect GPA to get places in life,” says Morales, “Make sure you are constantly going to events, being proactive, and really working on your networking. Don’t be afraid to ask an employer for their LinkedIn, or their business card.” Morales emphasized that it is essential that people know who you are, especially within the medical industry. Morales recounted a story that a friend had told him about a lab that got so many applications that they only considered applications that had a name that someone in the lab recognized. If someone in the lab did not know who the application was from, the application would be thrown out. This story reaffirmed what Morales already knew: building your confidence and meeting as many people as you can is vital for a successful career.
One.Dublin.org wishes Morales best of luck at his new job as a Biomedical Engineer with Stanford!