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Sharon West
Mechanical Engineering Manager

Increasing a product's quality is always worth the extra effort. That's the primary philosophy that has emerged over Sharon's extensive career as a mechanical engineer.

She’s held positions as an R&D engineer, manufacturing engineer, and project manager for biotech companies of all sizes, from startups to large multinational corporations. Most recently, Sharon worked with Sartorius Stedim North America and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Sharon has contributed to products such as lab automation equipment, point-of-care clinical diagnostic instruments, and pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment. One of her favorite products was a next generation system of single-use and durable equipment for pharmaceutical manufacturing. She learned a lot from the challenges of a single-use bag deploying from a folded state, while maintaining alignment of critical sensors and couplings with complementary durable equipment — and she got to do some pretty cool mixing tests in a giant aquarium.

Sharon didn’t choose mechanical engineering until she got to Stanford University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She picked it over physics and electrical engineering, because, she says, “You got to make awesome stuff right away.” In retrospect, she admits, she should have recognized her calling earlier — when she and her brother were building crazy ramp assemblies in their backyard for croquet balls and taking toys apart to see how they worked.

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