"I was looking for something that married design and healthcare, that gave me enough freedom to try and create something. I was looking for something that would better me as an engineer and present me with a big challenge. Health for America is an accumulation of all those things." - Jake Vildibill 2015-16 Fellow
Jake Vildibill is a biomedical engineer and recent graduate of Marquette University. Jake completed his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering in the spring of2015 at Marquette University. He completed his degree with honors and an emphasis in biomechanics, and he worked on a project developing non-electric hospital equipment for use in underdeveloped areas of the world. Specifically, he focused on the development of a non-electric oxygen concentrator. As part of his senior thesis, Jake led a team to develop a prototype of the device. The concentrator is scheduled to be tested in Ghana in the spring of 2016.
"At the end of the fellowship, I want to feel as is the people that gave me their time and that I learned from, lives have been improved by our work. That is the epitome of what I think engineering should be."
Jake interned at Kyocera America and Rockwell Automation during his undergraduate studies. At both companies, he performed testing on finished projects as well as prototypes. At Kyocera, he oversaw the installation of X-ray equipment for enhanced testing procedures of computer chips. While at Rockwell Automation, he worked in the Shock and Vibration, Highly Accelerated Life Testing, and Ingress Testing labs. Jake has also held internships in labs performing cancer research and treating hazardous waste.
Throughout his experiences, Jake has used both C++ and Matlab to tailor software solutions for each position. He also has extensive knowledge of prototyping and testing new products.