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Devin Packer, BEng '14, MEng '15

Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering | Medical Device Startup Launches Career

Devin Packer’s job unites his passions for technology and health care.

The Electrical and Biomedical Engineering grad is a software developer for BresoTEC Inc., a medical-device startup focused on developing technologies to manage sleep apnea and related health conditions.

“I’m responsible for developing and validating algorithms that aid in the diagnosis of sleep apnea, as well as creating web applications and infrastructure to make our products more accessible to health care providers,” says Packer, who earned his engineering degree in 2014, then completed a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015.

Over the last four years, Packer has contributed to the company in a variety of ways, but he points to two particular moments of career pride.

The first was helping to achieve European Commission regulatory approval (CE marking) for the company's first product, BresoDX.

“It was a huge undertaking, requiring everyone at the company to collaborate and contribute,” says Packer. “I wrote and compiled over 800 pages of documents that verified and validated our analysis algorithms -- my wrists hurt just thinking about it.”

He also successfully launched the first iteration of the company’s physician web portal/cloud service.

“It was the first time I had a key role in the creation of a product from inception to deployment and it was both exciting and fulfilling to see it being used in the field.”

He says his studies at McMaster gave him crucial job skills in numerical computing and machine learning, but also validated his passion for medical science.

“Unique experiences like studying anatomy and physiology in a cadaver lab, and learning about the physics of medical imagery on-site at St. Joseph's Hospital made me realize I was on the right path,” says Packer.

His advice for students is that it is never too early to get involved in the student engineering community on campus.

“That’s where you’ll find some of the best-shared knowledge and hands-on experience you can get, and you may be surprised by what you can actually achieve,” he says. “My longest-lasting friendships on campus came from my involvement in the student community, and I owe those groups a great deal for developing my technical skills and motivating me through their support.”