Summer at Key Tech

Summer at Key Tech

Each summer, Key Tech opens our doors to a few bright rising seniors for summer internships.  This year the group represented multiple disciplines of new engineers who hailed from some of the top programs across the east coast.  We treat our interns as true team members who actually get to participate in client projects.  Some of the items they worked on this year include sending out boards for fabrication, debugging and testing of prototypes and programming of a communication tool to use between devices.  Our staff enjoyed having them as part of the team and based on their presentations during our staff meetings, they really enjoyed the summer too!  Below are a few takeaways from each of the interns.

Laura Shumate- ME Intern, University of Maryland College Park

This summer I worked on:

  • Testing, building, designing, and modeling different medical device components. I got to experience a lot of the work that a full-time mechanical engineer at Key Tech would be doing, and I learned a lot.

My favorite assignment this summer was:

  • Getting to set up testing for some components. It was really fun getting to scavenge around the office to build a test setup that I then ran on my own. I got a lot of satisfaction out of getting good data from a test that I had built and run.

Something I will remember about Key Tech:

  • All of the office dogs! It was always enjoyable getting to come to work and see the puppies that were brought in on a regular basis, and watch the younger dogs grow over the course of the summer.

Baltimore is:

  • A great place to work! Although I have lived in Maryland my entire life, I never spent much time in the city. Working at Key Tech has given me the chance to try some awesome restaurants and do a little bit of exploring. There is a lot more to do in Baltimore than I had initially thought.

 

Frank Charbonier- ME Intern, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

This summer I worked on:

  • Improving the performance of an ultrasonic flow sensor, which included some device prototyping and plenty of testing, data processing, and analysis. Having spent the majority of my time on one project, I was able to get deeply involved and feel I was making valuable contributions to the team.

My favorite assignment this summer was:

  • Getting a LabVIEW-based test system up and running so we could easily automate dispense sequences as well as data collection. As part of that assignment I worked independently to develop and refine test protocols and direct the course of further experiments.

Something I will remember about Key Tech:

  • Seeing Jenny (our CEO) gripping a foam javelin in one hand and a stuffed animal horse head in the other as Scott (my project manager) rolled her down the driveway on an office chair for the jousting competition at Crab Fest.
  • Also watching the three puppies running around the office playing with each other.

Baltimore is:

  • An entertaining city with a diverse selection of unique neighborhoods. You can play beach volleyball in Federal Hill, catch an improv comedy show in Mount Vernon, or go to brunch in Fells Point and try some amazing tapas.

 

Sarah Hanson- EE Intern, Virginia Tech

This summer I worked on:

  • Two main assignments. One was designing a PCB that involved analog inputs, an ADC, and isolation, and 60601-1 standards. The other was a device that would be used to test quality metrics (SNR and resistance) of heart pumps.

My favorite assignment this summer was:

  • Designing the PCB and learning to navigate the schematic and layout software.

Something I will remember about Key Tech:

  • The culture! It’s refreshing to be out of a corporate environment and work with people who are motivated to consistently put forth their best work.

Baltimore is:

  • Vibrant, there’s a lot going on in the city and nearly every kind of restaurant you could hope to try.

 

Austin Ledzian, ID Intern, Virginia Tech

This summer I worked on:

  • Some very in-depth industrial design projects that involved watching human factors and usability studies, brainstorming with stakeholders, organizing brainstorms into themes and actionable concepts, getting those concepts validated by mechanical engineers on the project, and presenting those concepts to clients.

My favorite assignment this summer was:

  • My own project! I got to come up with an idea for a project, with brainstorming help from some fellow Key Techers. I ended up designing a capacitive ECG device that is safer and more comfortable for infants in the NICU than the current ECG leads.

Something I will remember about Key Tech:

  • Happy people! Everyone is friendly and excited to be working on some challenging but meaningful projects.

Baltimore is:

  • I lived in the Mount Vernon neighborhood which has some beautiful parks and cobble stone streets, not to mention restaurants (Dooby’s and the Mt. Vernon Marketplace are favorites!).

 

Anshul Goyal, CE Intern, Carnegie Mellon

This summer I worked on:

  • Two client projects and one internal project. The client projects were great because I got to work with cutting-edge medical devices, one of which was not yet released. The internal project was also quite engaging because I got to design and implement a new module for a computer application. Although the application was specifically designed to communicate with only a single device, the new module had to be designed to allow communication with multiple devices at the same time, while operating within the constraints of the single-device framework. With all three projects I could clearly see the impact my work would have on the respective companies.

My favorite assignment this summer was:

  • The last client project I worked on. The project team was made up entirely of interns (with the exception of Abbie, the project manager), each from a different discipline at Key Tech. Working with people from different backgrounds is one of the main reasons why I wanted to work at Key Tech. And being the only computer engineer on the project, I contributed to many high level decisions, from the electronic components we chose to the design of the software architecture.

Something I will remember about Key Tech:

  • The people and the dogs. Especially Lei’s dog, Bao Bao. My desk was right next to her spot.

Baltimore is:

  • A city on the rise.


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