Department of Engineering Science

Ram Parameshwar

Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Biomedical Engineering (BME) Class of 2008

Photograph of Ram Parameshwar

Clinical Research Associate (2010)
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Auckland

I chose to specialise in Biomedical Engineering for my Bachelor of Engineering (BE), because it allowed me to integrate my interests in the sciences and mathematics. This specialisation is diverse and allows you to sample a number of different subjects before you choose where to specialise in your area of interest for the final year research project.

While in the third year of my BE, I was employed by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare as a student intern after which I was recruited by the company as a graduate Clinical Research Associate. In this role, I work with several different cross-functional engineering teams to develop Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices to treat a medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). This involves product development, prototyping, verification and validation of the CPAP machines being designed. I am also involved in conducting many different clinical studies in New Zealand, Australia and the US. This allows me to work with researchers who are renowned for their work in the area of sleep medicine and respiratory physiology, thus providing the scope for travel.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a fantastic organisation to work for and the company is known to encourage a healthy work-life balance. Staff are provided with state-of-the-art facilities and resources to maximise output and potential. The company is dedicated to providing its employees with ongoing training and education to ensure that the learning process continues. The company also has a great cafeteria where all the employees gather during the lunch interval to unwind and relax.