Alumna Story: Nicole Samec, BSBE ’15, MSBE ’15
Current City: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
After graduation, I worked as a biomedical engineer at Magic Leap, a startup mixed-reality company in Dania Beach, Florida.
What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
Currently, I am the healthcare product manager at Magic Leap. A typical work week varies, but mainly I explore ways we can use our mixed-reality technology in the health and medical fields, including potential partners for applications.
In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
I met our CEO, Rony Abovitz, at a CoE E-Week event. That interaction ended up leading to my first full-time job at his company, Magic Leap. Without meeting Rony, I’m unsure if I would’ve been hired as their first biomedical engineer.
Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
My most memorable moment as a student at the CoE was working as the president of the CoE student ambassadors. I enjoyed interacting with potential new students who were exploring engineering and also alumni who had made a career out of engineering.
What motivated you to support the College of Engineering?
I feel that I owe a lot of my success to the CoE. It not only gave me a great education and provided the opportunity to connect with my future employment, but it taught me how to think in a way that allows me to solve world problems. I am very supportive of UM’s CoE and hope that I can continue help the College and current and future students.
What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Go to EVERY career event and utilize EVERY career service available to you. Yes, you are there for an education in engineering, but you are also there to start your career and that begins the first day of freshman year. Seize every opportunity to grow yourself personally and professionally.
How would you describe the College of Engineering in seven words or less?
It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane!