Category : ibelieveinbigfoot

19 Jul 2018
Jaclyn Baron

Jaclyn Baron, Senior Human Factors Engineer

Jaclyn Baron, Senior Human Factors Engineer “The work of a human factors engineer is to improve the interface between humans and systems – reducing errors by making that interaction more intuitive in how information is presented. From an aviation cockpit to Microsoft Word to medical devices, you can probably find many examples in your daily life of interaction models that work well and those that don’t. While pursuing my PhD, I took an internship at the Mayo Clinic and then, […]

01 May 2018
Alex Constantin

Alex Constantin, Staff Data Scientist

Alex Constantin, Staff Data Scientist “I’ve had type 1 diabetes since I was seven years old, and, to me, diabetes has always been a statistics problem. I have to make hundreds of decisions every day, optimize hundreds of treatment parameters used to calculate an insulin dose, and predict where my blood sugar will go and how different activities will impact it. My love of math has helped me successfully manage my diabetes while I continued my formal training in math […]

23 Apr 2018
Daniel Villamizar

Daniel Villamizar, Sr Hardware Design Assurance Engineer

Daniel Villamizar, Sr Hardware Design Assurance Engineer “My role at Bigfoot is to lead the effort to prepare for and execute verification testing for Bigfoot Loop, our investigational automated system. Design assurance work is a big web where you touch everything, and at Bigfoot, I’m empowered to learn a wide variety of new skills everyday that will develop my career. As a hardware design assurance engineer, it’s my job to stress and test the product, find bugs, and troubleshoot issues […]

13 Mar 2018

Ambika Srinath, Systems Engineer

Ambika Srinath, Systems Engineer “I grew up and went to school in central Illinois, specializing in computer and electrical engineering and using these skills to work in the medical device space on various giant medical imaging scanners. As a woman working on important diagnostic devices like breast ultrasound scanners, I felt a personal connection to the problems I was solving. While I’ve always liked the challenges of hardware engineering and digital design, I moved toward systems engineering because I wanted […]

01 Mar 2018
Sarah Matarese

Sarah Matarese, Senior User Experience Designer

Sarah Matarese, Senior User Experience Designer “Have you ever thought there must be a better path, a better way? I live for the challenge of discovering that better path. In my career as a UX (user experience) designer, I’ve been privileged to work and learn my craft at purpose driven companies known for user focused design – first at Apple, and most recently at Tesla. Recently though, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I could be doing something even more […]

13 Feb 2017
Bigfoot Stories Rick Mendoza

Rick Mendoza, Quality Assurance Specialist

Rick Mendoza, Quality Assurance Specialist “As Bigfoot’s Quality Assurance Specialist, my responsibilities include testing our system components and making the final inspections to verify that the parts are accurate and conform to measurements. I’ve worked in Quality for the whole of my career, watching as technology and trends have continuously evolved. In the 1970s, I performed quality testing on video games for Atari. (I remember quality testing the classic Breakout game.) I worked for ROLM Mil-Spec on the F-16 fighter […]

17 Jan 2017
Bigfoot Stories Hoang Truong

Hoang Truong, Document Control Supervisor

Hoang Truong, Document Control Supervisor My responsibility at Bigfoot is to manage document control as part of our Quality Assurance team. That means ensuring that every process, employee training module, and component specification – anything that would impact our automated insulin delivery system or the end user – is documented, accurate, and traceable. I help our team to ensure that all training is up-to-date and that our quality management system complies with FDA regulations. I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical and medical […]

19 Dec 2016
Bigfoot Stories Edward Hefter

Edward Hefter, VP of Operations

Edward Hefter, VP of Operations I first got involved in the type 1 diabetes community over a decade ago when, at 4 years old, my youngest child was diagnosed with T1D. His attitude has always been inspiring to me. To him, T1D was not a major obstacle, it was just another new thing to do. After a few years of shots and the sliding scales, we discovered that using a pump that handled the insulin and the calculations was much easier […]

07 Nov 2016

Lesli DeSimone, Director of Clinical Research Programs

Lesli DeSimone, Director of Clinical Research Programs I became a nurse because I wanted to see the world, learn new things, and take care of people. I spent much of my early career in the hospital; Telemetry Floor Nursing, Surgical ICU, and cath lab where I was part of phenomenal teams. The hospital staff works as a family so I enjoyed that environment. My experience eventually led me to clinical research where I could help advance the development of drugs […]

05 Oct 2016
Bigfoot Stories Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar, Senior Design Assurance Engineer

Ravi Shankar, Senior Design Assurance Engineer I joined Asante Solutions in 2007 as a Systems Engineer when the company was still really small – just 15 people. As one of the engineers on the ground floor of developing and testing the original Snap insulin pump, everything about our design focused on users’ safety as our number one priority. When Asante shut down, I was saddened reading the comments from the users on how useful the Snap pumps were to them, asking […]