Name: Kaushik Sunder
Location: Boston, MA
Position: Support and Applications Intern
I am a graduate student pursuing my Master’s in mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University. I am an avid enthusiast of technology, entrepreneurship, fitness and 3D printing. We’re at an era when everything is growing at such a rapid rate that we have to constantly keep updating our knowledge base. My goal has always been to help develop society with the aid of technology.
What sparked your interest to work with bioprinting?
When I first Googled the word bioprinting, little did I know how vast this field was. The next thing you know, you’re seeing that there is a whole other world out there. I was originally interested in rapid prototyping using PLA, but when I heard about bioprinting, I needed to learn more. I have always been a fan of learning new things and this was what first sparked my interest to work with bioprinting in graduate school.
What do you hope to see happen with bioprinting during your lifetime?
The very concept of interdisciplinary work excites me, and we are bound to soon see an exponential growth in the medical sector regarding point-of-care manufacturing that mainly employs bioprinting. I know this might seem a bit too far-fetched, but I’m hoping to see an entire functioning model of a human being.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a fast-paced guy and have run a couple of full marathons. I definitely do plan to qualify for the Boston Marathon — the very city I am currently interning in. So, this city is special to me in every sense — as they say, passion fuels profession. I also plan on getting into triathlons, ultrarunning and veganism.
What was your dream job as a child?
As a child, I was always amazed by travel, innovation, technology and people. So, I’ve wanted to always do something associated with travelling as I looked at it as a way to get exposed to a few new ideas every time. I wanted a job that would allow me to meet diverse people from various backgrounds and nationalities. Here I am interning at CELLINK in Boston, studying at LSU in Baton Rouge when I am originally from Bengaluru, India.
It was my dream job to work at a fast-paced culture doing innovation and building things in the very field I am interested and passionate about. I do hope to join back as a full-time employee here.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Honestly speaking, if I could have one superpower it would be to be able to scan my eyes through books like a barcode scanner and be able to grasp all its contents. This would enable and enhance my knowledge, for they say, “As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.”