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Name: Annabeth R.

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: Entrepreneurship & Management; Mathematics

Current Job: Patent Examiner (Biomedical) at the US Patent & Trademark Office

Tell us a little about the path from graduation to your current job/career: After interning at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, I wanted to blend my experiences of BME with business and intellectual property. I looked into more patent related careers and discovered that I could be a patent examiner for the government. After seeing the USPTO at the career fair, I applied online. I was also offered a position at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures as a Business Analyst (continuing my internship) and had to choose between working for the government or the university. It was one of the most difficult decisions I have encountered. I eventually chose to work for the USPTO in DC.

Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? Intern and Student Coordinator at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; Intern at the Commercialization Academy for Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures; Research Assistant at the Institute for Computational Medicine.

What extracurriculars were you involved with at JHU? Design Team Leader (Biomedical Engineering), Tutorial Project Program Organizer, Blue Key Student Coordinator, Study Abroad (Denmark), Lab Manager, First Year Mentor, Research, Intern at JHTV.

In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? With my Biomedical Engineering degree, I had an engineering foundation that could be applied in multiple fields. For me, the best component of the program was Design Team. As a freshman, being part of Design Team introduced me to into the business element of engineering. After, I gained the minor in Entrepreneurship & Management and continued taking classes, such as Business Law. This, along with my internship at the intellectual property office for the university, furthered my preparation to work as a patent examiner in the biomedical sector at the USPTO.

Any classes, faculty members, or involvements at JHU that helped to shape your career interest? My internship at Johns Hopkins Technological Ventures further exposed me to the intellectual property elements of biomedical technologies. As an intern in the Commercialization Academy, I reviewed inventions across the university from physicians, students and faculty members. I then analyzed them for their market and patent potential. This allowed me to experience innovation at the university and bridge the gap between engineering and intellectual property.

Favorite Hopkins memory: Meeting the cofounder of Reddit when he spoke on campus!

What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? Eating tater tots at Levering with friends!

How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience and opportunities for pre-professional experiences? After moving to Baltimore from Seattle, the city allowed me to gain experiences in the area. Baltimore’s proximity to DC, NYC and other metropolitan areas provides the perfect location for internships in the area. I would not have the job I have now if I were not so close to DC.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Try everything! Each neighborhood in Baltimore is so distinct and there’s a lot to do on and off campus. Baltimore has the best food and there is never a lack of restaurants to explore (PS. Clavel has the best tacos.)