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On the day she started an internship at Boston Scientific, Shruthi Shankar was given a shirt inscribed with the company’s motto: “If you have the power to improve lives, share it!” Shruthi loved that motto, since it summed up why loves her major.

What do you do? How did you end up in an offbeat , unconventional and interesting career such as this?

“Biomedical engineering combines engineering with the medical sciences to create devices that improve the quality of life for patients,” says Shruthi, a senior at NJIT. “And that’s what I want to devote my life to.”

What is your educational background?

She’s off to a good start. In the fall, Shruthi will begin working on a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at John’s Hopkins University. And when she finishes that degree, she intends to get another: an MBA. Having both degrees, she hopes, will help her achieve her long term goal: To become a senior executive for a global firm that designs biomedical devices to helps patients — especially patients who have heart problems.

What are your future goals?

She wants to be a leader — an executive — and her time at NJIT has trained her to be just that. In the words of William Hunter, chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department, “Shruthi has been one of the most highly involved student leaders in engineering activities that I’ve ever encountered.”