Since Andrew Green, M.Eng, was a senior in high school, he’s considered the Brigham’s Department of Biomedical Engineering his second home. Now a clinical engineer with the team, Green said he would not have landed his dream job if it weren’t for his experiences with the Student Success Jobs Program (SSJP) and endless support from his mentors here.
“It has all been a blessing to me,” Green said. “SSJP is the program that essentially set up my career, and my mentors guided me and believed in me every step of the way. I am so grateful.”
After a high school classmate at Boston Latin Academy encouraged him to apply to SSJP, Green was ecstatic when he learned that he had been selected to work in Biomedical Engineering, a team that inspects, tests, installs, maintains, repairs and replaces approximately 26,000 devices used in patient care and research throughout the Brigham. (That supportive classmate and fellow SSJP alumna, Jennifer Herrera Cordones, BSN, RN, eventually became not only part of the Brigham family as a nurse on Braunwald Tower 15CD, but she and Green also formed their own family when they married in 2018.)
A program of the Brigham’s Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE), SSJP works with departments across the Brigham to pair students from select Boston-area public high schools with mentors and internship opportunities in various fields.
“Andrew is our pride and joy,” said Michael Fraai, executive director of Biomedical Engineering and Device Integration and one of Green’s mentors for the past nine years. “Words can’t express how proud we are of Andrew and everything he’s accomplished so far in his life.”
Michelle Keenan, director of Community Programs in the CCHHE, met Green when he first joined SSJP in 2010. She said his experience reflects the lasting value of the program for students, the local community and the Brigham at large.
“We know that the investment in eager and committed young people in our community creates a pathway to higher education and careers for students,” Keenan said. “SSJP is predicated on the understanding that young people in our local neighborhoods are a vital asset for the future of our local neighborhoods and, importantly, the future of the Brigham and the health care sector.”
‘A Very Special Place’
Since he was young, Green has had a passion for math, science and engineering. He said it was a dream come true as a high school student to get exposed to a field where he could combine these interests and receive hands-on experience in the hospital setting.
As an undergraduate at Syracuse University, he returned to Biomedical Engineering each summer as a college intern through the SSJP. The program offers paid summer internships to students who have successfully completed SSJP during high school, are enrolled in a college or university and are pursuing a medical, science or health degree. He graduated from Cornell University with his master’s in biomedical engineering, and he began working full time at the Brigham shortly after completing graduate school in 2017.
Throughout his education, he hoped that he’d one day return to the hospital’s Biomedical Engineering team. He was drawn to the Brigham from the first day he interned here because of the encouragement he received from his colleagues.
“I felt, and still feel, valued here,” Green said. “I hope that every student can find that kind of support system that pushes you for success. This department definitely embodies the SSJP values.”
Kerrie-Ann Jack, a business manager in Biomedical Engineering, said two words come to mind when she thinks of Green: caring and persevering. Jack and her colleagues worked closely with Green throughout his time in school to help him identify his career goals and develop a path to get there.
“Andrew has thrived working with our team,” Jack said. “Everyone saw his dedication and passion from the very start, and we were all committed to helping him succeed.”