Johnathan Thompson ’15, put his bioengineering degree and passion for healthcare technology to work at his new job building CT scanners at Mobius Imaging, a medical technology company located in Shirley, Massachusetts.
Thompson’s inspiration for a career in healthcare technology came while taking a course in Medical Instrumentation.
“By the end of the semester we simulated an Electrocardiography system using LabVIEW, microprocessors, circuit components, and a breadboard,” he said.” When I measured my heartbeat and it showed up on the screen successfully, I knew that I wanted to build medical devices that would monitor human health and potentially save lives.”
The DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science curriculum was demanding, but his professors never doubted his abilities. Thompson said, “A degree in biomedical engineering involved the complicated combinations of physics, biology, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material science, cell engineering, biomaterials, and what seemed like every other subject that tested my will.” Thompson said. “Fortunately, my professors knew what I was going to have to do to make it to graduation and they supported, challenged and guided me.”
Thompson, an assembly technician, works on the manufacturing floor at Mobius and being part of a team reminds him of the camaraderie he felt with his classmates at Hofstra. Whether collaborating in the Ultrasound Research Lab under the close guidance of Dr. Sleiman Ghorayeb, or serving as captain of the Men’s Rugby team, he recognized early that there is strength, and success, in numbers.
He also recommends that students mine every opportunity to diversify their Hofstra experience. “Taking a wide variety of classes and participating in extracurricular activities will help you decide what you want to do after graduation,” he said. “Also, a resume that reflects diversity will show prospective employers that you are up for any task.”