Ian Bonzani, BS
New Haven, Connecticut
Degree earned from WPI:
BS, Biomedical Engineering
Degrees earned from other institutions:
PhD in Orthopedic Tissue Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Why did you choose WPI?
WPI allowed me the opportunity to go to a top-rated university and biomedical engineering program with a close-knit community atmosphere—while also allowing me to play basketball at a very competitive level.
I am employed by IMS Consulting, which is focused on providing strategic business advice and insights to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. My job is related to my studies at WPI. The main skills I gained at WPI that have helped me on a daily basis involve being able to manage work streams in a collaborative team-based environment, and systemically break down complicated problems into functional components and come up with solutions.
How did WPI's philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepare you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace?
Through my IQP, MQP, and countless practical laboratory-based class elements, WPI prepared me well for working on real-world challenges and issues—which I was able leverage during my PhD in a lab and my consulting career in an office. Although I felt somewhat out of my academic comfort zone at times, it was definitely something I have come to appreciate now that I am working on practical challenges on a regular basis.
Groups or extracurricular activities in which you participated at WPI:
- Men’s basketball
- Zeta Psi Fraternity
- Treasurer in Biomedical Engineering Society
- Student Athlete Advisory Committee
- Big Brother, Big Sister Program of Worcester
Awards you earned:
- Freshman and Senior WPI Athlete of the Year
- Tau Beta Pi Honor Society