Panther Successes & Accomplishments – April

Maria Fernanda Sagastume is from Panama City, Panama and is a graduate student majoring in Healthcare Management, with a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering. She has a passion for medicine and technology and she is researching healthcare regulations and policies as well as the marketing and business aspects of medical devices. Maria is continuing her co-op at Medicomp, where she conducts market research of over-the-counter wearable devices, product comparisons, and outreach. Through her co-op, she has enhanced her research and communication skills and learned more about the medical device market. She’s also learned about the innovative medical industry, specifically AI, machine learning, and IoT. Maria’s favorite part of her co-op has been meeting the CEO and leadership team to determine whether or not another company’s product was a good fit for Medicomp. Maria plans to pursue another graduate degree in Human Centered Design and eventually become CEO of a MedTech company. She recommends that students who are interested in co-op network – talk to people at events, mixers, conferences, and student organization meetings, and follow up with them afterwards via email or LinkedIn. Make sure they remember that you are interested and excited.


About Author

Reneé Couperthwaite is the Employer Relations Coordinator for Career Management Services. She started with Florida Tech in 2008 at the Women’s Business Center (later renamed weVENTURE), managing the training programs, marketing efforts, and corporate events. She then moved on to Career Management Services to assist Florida Tech students and alumni reach their career goals through employer networking events. She is very driven by the success of others and is enthusiastic about helping people. Reneé earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing at Florida Institute of Technology in May 2015.

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