Quick Facts

Name: Olivia Bigazzi

Class of: 2013

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Current Occupation: Associate Engineer

Quotable Quote: I can't stress enough the importance of summer internships. Taking that extra step is what can separate you from your peers.

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Associate Engineer
Autonomic Technologies

Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
In high school we would take trips to New Orleans to visit the D-Day Museum and Tulane. I really liked the atmosphere of the school and the town so when it came time to apply to college it was already on my list. It helped that Tulane's application didn't require an essay!


Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Biomedical Engineering   2013
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Master of Translational Medicine                                                      2014 intended
UC Berkeley Dept. of Bioengineering, UCSF Dept. of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences

Present Day

What do you do?
I assist in the production and shipment of our product to research sites. I have also been involved in the development process of a future product and have helped my company prepare for FDA audits.

What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
In a small start-up company, department lines are blurred. Everyone is expected to be able to switch between groups (engineering, quality, clinical, etc.) when necessary. The ability to try out different roles has helped me find my niche.

Undergraduate Education

What insights did you have as a college student?
Do something you enjoy, and do it well. When you enjoy what you do it makes the menial work easier to handle and the difficult tasks exciting. There's no need to waste time, money and effort on a degree that makes you miserable.

What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Make sure you understand your degree requirements. Don't leave general electives until the last semester (it's painful).



Do you have any other recommendations?
I can't stress enough the importance of summer internships. Taking that extra step is what can separate you from your peers who take the same classes as you and might make better grades than you. It also helps you figure out what you like and do not like about your professed career.

Also, get off campus and experience New Orleans!

What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
I wish I'd known how to study. I eventually learned the hard way.

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