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Calvin Han

Class of 2012

Electrical Engineering
 

Engineering Co-op at NxStage Medical

When asked why he joined Merrimack’s five year engineering Co-op Program, Calvin Han is quick to reply. “ The two biggest things that motivated me to do a co-op were to gain some real world experience to see if I liked the electrical engineering field and to earn money.”

Working as a co-op in the Software Quality Assurance engineering group at NxStage Medical in Methuen, MA  allowed Calvin to accomplish both goals.  “NxStage Medical makes home hemodialysis machines”, he explains.  “I was lucky enough to work on a new product that was released during my co-op.  It was very satisfying to hear that the product was being manufactured and used by customers.”

When asked why he joined Merrimack’s five year engineering Co-op Program, Calvin Han is quick to reply. “ The two biggest things that motivated me to do a co-op were to gain some real world experience to see if I liked the electrical engineering field and to earn money.” Working as a co-op in the Software Quality Assurance engineering group at NxStage Medical in Methuen, MA  allowed Calvin to accomplish both goals.  “NxStage Medical makes home hemodialysis machines”, he explains.  “I was lucky enough to work on a new product that was released during my co-op.  It was very satisfying to hear that the product was being manufactured and used by customers.”

Calvin made good use of his engineering background to write and and run test procedures on an embedded device, thus ensuring compliance with software requirements.  He adds, “I really enjoyed working with the software engineers and my co-workers to troubleshoot and fix bugs. I was able to ask them a lot of questions and they were always happy to teach me.”

Learning about the product life cycle and appreciating the quality aspect of engineering were important benefits gained from his co-op experience.  As far as future career plans, Calvin states that,  “this co-op has further reinforced my desire to work in the embedded device field. I plan to find a job in that field after I graduate. ”  In fact, Calvin has accepted a co-op position at  Zoran Corporation for his next co-op work term where he will continue to gain experience in this aspect of electrical engineering. He is also a member of the IEEE student chapter at Merrimack.