I think success is really understanding the customer and using my engineering experience to deliver a quality product that meets the customer’s needs.
TE forms a partnership with each customer to find solutions that meet specific needs. This means our engineers face many unique and interesting challenges that require quick thinking and expertise that can be leveraged for innovation. Mirav Bareiss also finds this approach makes each project at TE important and exciting. Mirav graduated from the University of Arizona with a major in Chemical Engineering and a focus in Biomedical Engineering. She grew up in Arizona and moved to Oregon over 5 years ago after falling in love with the city of Portland.
What has been your most interesting project to work on at TE?
The great thing about TE is that I’ve been able to challenge myself with each new project. TE forms a partnership with each customer to find solutions that meet specific needs – this allows each project to be unique and interesting in its own way. Currently, we’re working on a new product for partial knee replacement that has some different technology. We’re able to leverage our existing knowledge and experience to help the customer develop an innovative solution for this product. It has been an interesting challenge for our engineering team.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really like the people I work with. It’s a great group that works together to bring the best product to our customers. In addition to my engineering responsibilities, I’ve joined our segment’s Inclusion & Diversity Council as the Inclusion & Diversity leader for our Medical business. Here, I’ve had the opportunity to share ideas on how we can become a more inclusive company. I also help lead an employee resource group for women at our Oregon facility – through this organization we’ve been able to lead events focused on creating a network to support each other and the local community.
What are the biggest challenges customers face?
In the surgical field, it has become a challenge to develop a device that has the ability to withstand multiple sterilization cycles and repeated use in an operating room. Sterilization primarily can be exposure to hydrogen peroxide or high temperature/pressure. The cable we’ve designed is capable of withstanding several hundred thousand flex cycles (how we correlate to life cycle of the product) and 500 sterilization cycles. We developed that cable in anticipation of customer needs making sure it can be customized into unique solutions for each customer.
How do you measure success?
At TE, we celebrate providing an extraordinary customer experience—both to external and internal customers. With external customers, I think success is really understanding the customer and using my engineering experience to deliver a quality product that meets the customer’s needs. Internally, I gauge success around inclusion and diversity—making sure everyone is treated as an equal member of the team and making use of all the diverse perspectives our team members bring.
Why did you choose to join TE?
I’ve been interested in being in the medical industry since I was a teenager. TE provides innovative solutions to several different industries. By joining TE, I am able to make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis.