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Want to increase employee engagement at your medical device or pharmaceutical company? Take all of your employees — not just sales, not just R&D — to connect with the people they are serving.

As humans, we’re hard-wired to please and help others. In a culture suffering from burn-out and lack of meaning in their work, design and manufacturing businesses working in or alongside the healthcare industry have an easy motivational tool that they don’t use to their full advantage.

Respectful contact with the beneficiaries of our work increases our persistence and performance, by informing and reinforcing that the work we’re…


You’re building an electronics product. Do you do the dirty deed of powering it by battery?

Many great options for device power exist, and you may have a method in mind. Some choices, although they provide a seamless user experience, have significant drawbacks. Others have fewer shortcomings but will make your end user completely miserable.

Before starting your printed circuit board (PCB) layout or mechanical design (or any design for that matter), I recommend taking some time to assess your user’s needs to determine what’s right for your application. Even if your team, your client, or your user has come up with a wish list for their prototype or product, it’s important to give your solution…


An underrated, undervalued struggle of creating a new consumer electronics product is powering the device.

Batteries and power are critical in electronic device design. Batteries are a part of the device that users count on, and only think about when they cause trouble (they don’t hold their charge after a few years, they catch fire, etc.). Selecting a battery is an art many engineers don’t appreciate or excel in. I challenge you to consider learning it, as it gives you more power (pun intended) in making sure you meet all of the competing demands placed upon the device design.

To outline those competing demands, let’s go over the two major directions many requirements come from…


If you’re looking to design a device, getting to know more about batteries can empower you to make better decisions about powering your product or system.

Batteries comprise the core of many consumer electronics products, as well as vehicles, emergency service aids, healthcare products, and millions of other devices. If you’re in the design business, there are a few battery basics which can empower you to make better, more informed decisions about powering your product.

I’ve developed several truly unique devices — where there is no existing technologies to reference — and I’ve worked with existing product manufacturing titans to evaluate their designs. In my research, I’ve thought a lot about how to select a power solution that provides the end user with the best experience…

Stephanie Whalen

product design & engineering. find me at swhalen.me | Product Development Manager

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