Jessica Hornyak

Clinical Specialist, Electrophysiology

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There are always going to be people who tell you to quit, to pursue something else, to aim lower. Always aim high because you'll always go further than you would have thought.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I provide engineering and technical support and education to physicians and hospital staff through operating Abbott's 3D mapping software during electrophysiology procedures.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

My grandfather has had a number of cardiovascular procedures. Seeing the improvement of technology over the course of his treatments inspired me to pursue a career in electrophysiology.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Obtaining a degree in Biomedical Engineering! Growing up, I never had a female role model in STEM and didn't even know that BME was an engineering discipline. My science teachers were always men and although I always knew I had an interest in science, I had no idea the careers and opportunities that were out there. Until I had my degree in my hand, it truly didn't feel real because until I was 18, BME didn't exist to me! I am so happy to have found a field that constantly thrives on innovation and helping people.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Working in the electrophysiology field, I see a visible positive difference in the patients every single day. Patients come into the EP lab with conditions that make them feel very sick and our procedures make them feel better right away!

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

There are always going to be people who tell you to quit, to pursue something else, to aim lower. Always aim high because you'll always go further than you would have thought. A career in STEM shapes the way you look at the world. The world becomes shapeable and changeable through your intense creativity and desire to help others. Don't let those who do not have this mindset to stop you.

When I was younger and even through college, I always felt like a "STEM fraud" if I wasn't the smartest person in the room. However, I realized I was still justified pursuing a career in STEM even if I wasn't the smartest person in the room. You deserve to be where you are and many different people can be successful in STEM. You don't have to fit the mold. Break the mold. Form your own path!

INSPO / FUN FACT

"Perseverance, secret of all triumphs." -Victor Hugo

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