Working on products that address unmet needs, especially in the pediatric field, inspires me.
Engineering work can be very rewarding. Especially in the medical field, engineers solve problems that can change people’s lives. Suresh Sainath is inspired by that idea—and by his father—and went to school for mechanical engineering. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Madras in India and his Master’s degree from Stanford University in California.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Applying my engineering background to work on products that help people is very rewarding. Working for a medical device contract design and manufacturing firm I get to work on variety of projects on a daily basis and get to see all of the latest technologies coming up in the medical device industry.
Tell us about a current challenge facing the medical device industry.
The medical device industry is becoming more commoditized. Sustaining innovation and being competitive at the same time is one of the biggest challenges facing the medical device industry today.
What inspires you?
Working on products that address unmet needs, especially in the pediatric field, inspires me. Both from professional and personal experience, across the industry I have seen a lack of medical device development for infants due to funding issues or return on investment (ROI) concerns. With all the knowledge I have gained working in medical devices, I now have the opportunity to work with pediatric surgeons to help them better address all the challenges they face on a daily basis.
What innovation do you see having the biggest impact over the next 10 years?
As we head into the next decade, I see a few trends that will spur innovation. More and more companies are looking at miniaturizing catheters—making delivery systems smaller to reach further into the body. Developing and manufacturing devices so that they can be used in an outpatient procedure, or reduce hospital stay and speed recovery, will be in high demand. Diagnostic devices that catch potential complications or medical issues earlier will have a great impact. As in the last decade, providing high-quality products and keeping costs low will be important.
When did you first realize that you wanted to work in engineering?
Coming from a family of engineers, I knew I wanted to be one too. My father, who is an automobile engineer, was my main inspiration. I find the tangible aspect of being able to build and fix something and see it work very rewarding.