Steven Helak is a proud native of Tampa, FL, where he currently resides. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida in 2012, receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. An ESTEEM graduate of the Class of 2013, his thesis project involved the commercialization of ionic liquid technology for the electroplating market.
Since graduating from Notre Dame, Steven has been working as an R&D Engineer at a medical device company, ConMed Corporation, at their Orthopedic manufacturing center in Largo, FL. He has worked on several projects in the disposable and capital device markets during his tenure at ConMed including competitive benchmark testing of small-bone handpieces and dual-purpose shaver blades for arthroscopic procedures as well as design changes to improve the reliability of autoclavable lithium-ion batteries and carbide bur cutting tools. Some of his current projects include evaluating and reducing customer complaints for ConMed’s new Advanced Energy electrosurgical product line as well as a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma project to improve the sealing capabilities of large-bone surgical handpieces.
The business and commercialization experience Steven gained in the ESTEEM program have helped shape his career in the competitive and expanding medical device industry. Whether relying on technologies learned from his thesis research like electroplating to improve the design and reliability of gold-plated battery contacts or conducting patent searches of new designs, the skills learned through the ESTEEM program have driven Steven’s career developments and aspirations.