What led you to choose science and/or engineering as a career, particularly in the medical device field?
Booth: I was always interested in nature as a child. In high school and later in college, I chose biology as my major, chemistry my minor. Initially, I worked as a lab tech, followed by a long career in the medical device industry as an industrial microbiologist. The last 20 years were spent as an independent self-employed consultant.
What has been your most rewarding moment/accomplishment as an engineer/scientist in the medical field?
Booth: I was able to run a profitable independent consulting business, helping and teaching others about microbiology and sterilization. As an experienced quality and sterilization professional with an in-depth knowledge of quality systems and sterilization process design, I have made significant contributions to improve operating efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance profits for a wide variety of medical devices, packaging, and pharmaceuticals.
What advice would you give to other women looking to work in biomedical engineering and science?
Booth: I think it’s wise to consider an advanced degree if you are interested in engineering or science. This may allow you to successfully choose better opportunities for employment and advancement.
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