Stephen Butler started off at the University of Cincinnati in the Freshman Engineering Program (FEP). He believes that the program allowed him to have a better understanding of the different engineering programs through small projects that included powering a small fan using water and the sun, and building a miniature bridge. In FEP, he also got a better understanding of each specific major, but he knew that he wanted to be in Biomedical Engineering (BME). He just completed his third consecutive co-op term at Cincinnati Sub-Zero (CSZ).
CSZ is a company that produces hypo/hyperthermia devices that can heat/cool a patient using either water or air that is circulated through a pad. These devices can be used in operating rooms, intensive care units, or in the home. From the beginning of his first term, he had been nvolved with many projects. The first major project involved completing/writing test protocol to test a new circuit board for the Blanketrol product line. Two other main projects that he worked on were the Blanketrol product line in Brazil and Japan.
Each of these projects involved the unit being modified for two reasons. One, to meet electrical requirements and the second was to meet country regulations. In these projects, he created labels for the unit, carton, and power cord, created/updated a wide variety of drawings, updated many important documents such as, process and quality sheets, manuals, and bill of materials. At CSZ, he also contributed to other important changes and tests to ensure verification and validation for the products. This allowed the company to continue selling these products in the US and Europe. These three terms have taught him a lot about the engineering world.