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Stryker Internship: Week 6 Update — June 26, 2015

Stryker Internship: Week 6 Update

Check out my first post on the official Intern Blog!

A Quality Review of Quality Engineering

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This week marks the halfway point of my Stryker internship as a SDQE, or Supplier Development Quality Engineer. Basically, a Supplier Development Quality Engineer is responsible for ensuring that all the material commodities (plastics, metals, and electronics parts) which Stryker imports from outside suppliers are up to both Stryker’s and FDA regulations. In this role, communication is key. I spent my first week figuring out all the acronyms constantly thrown around in sentences and emails around our department! But with the help of my awesome advisors, I became fluent in Quality “Stryker-isms” and learned how to fill out the PSW to initiate a PPAP, and to follow up on a SCAR issued after a part nonconformance drastically hit the commodity DPM.

Version 2While the goal is quality is prevention, supplier issues are inevitable. When a part nonconformance (aka the proper name for a part failure) occurs, all other work is put on…

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My Week In: Work Clothes — June 15, 2015

My Week In: Work Clothes

My work wardrobe has been pretty successful. I have been working for a month now and just have started to repeat outfits. To makes sure I don’t wear the same things too close together (not that anyone really cares, but still I try), I have been documenting my outfits and rotating my clothes. For my outfit choices, I follow my Lucky Dozen/ Capsule Wardrobe plan outlined here and here. As a result, I get this…

Work Clothes

To make my process even easier, I have developed a weekly clothes formula. I have one non-pant outfit (aka a dress or skirt) that I usually wear on Wednesday to break up the week. Fridays are taken care of because Stryker has jean Fridays, so I alternate between my jeans and white pants. To fill the remainder of the week, I filter my shirts. I put worn shirts in on the right, and pull new shirts from the left. Color coordinated hangers for clothing type greatly increases Katie’s sanity.

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(Keep in mind, I only brought summer clothes since I am only here for the summer. Adding fall+winter+spring = more clothes).

Fact: Using the word “cardigan” to refer to a sweater increases your fashion credibility by 67%.

If you don’t currently wear all the clothes you own, check out this cool pin from Pinterest that I recently found!

Turn Hangers Backwards to See What Clothes You Really Wear

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