James Schumacher

Education: B.S. Biomedical/Medical Engineering, Marquette University; M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida; Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

Hometown: Franklin, WI

What is your favorite UF BME Memory: The day I realized that my lab group didn’t need me anymore and I could finish writing and graduate.  This was mainly due to the amazing and talented new BME graduate students that had joined the team.

What’s the best advice you have received: Selling science is like performing good stand-up comedy.  There needs to be a hook, a quick set-up, and a punchline.  Plus, if you can make them laugh in either case, you are 90% there.

What are your hobbies: Weekend festival jumping with my wife and family in Atlanta, Building forts out of materials from the recycling bin with my son and Friday paternal leave with my newborn daughter

What’s your passion that keeps you motivated to be in the Biomedical Industry: Most new medical device projects last 3 to 5 years.  If you are brave enough to stick it out, the only memories that will remain are those of the people that were saved or benefitted from your innovation and dedication.

What are the qualities you value most in people: People that can prioritize. People who say no to the boss. People that seek the truth in the midst of chaos. People who write things down.