Employee Spotlight: Lindsey Ungerman

 VivoSense Team  August 17, 2021  0 Comments

Lindsey Ungerman

Our Employee Spotlight series highlights a different team member each month, offering a behind-the-scenes look into the people who are an integral part of our success. This month we are talking to Project Manager, Lindsey Ungerman.

Lindsey is a program coordinator who enjoys working in creative and analytically based settings. Her involvement in sports and love of communication fueled her ambitious journey through college. She is a vital element of our team, ensuring all the pieces of our projects are managed effectively.

How did you decide on your field of study in college?

I was a double major in college as soon as I began my collegiate journey. I had a knack for communications, so Radio-TV-Film was a good fit, but I had always been involved in sports, so there was a strong pull to Kinesiology. I maintained a double major throughout undergrad, and after graduating, I had to make a choice. I decided there was more to explore in the field of Kinesiology, so I pursued my master’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics.

Who inspired you to pursue the career you have today?

I owe most of that choice to Dr. Michele Barr. I took her introductory biomechanics class and failed my first test. After many office hours with her, I ended up earning the top grade in the class and, more importantly, discovering a love for the biomechanics field. Her encouragement and motivation made me realize that a temporary setback doesn’t determine who you are and what you do. You decide that.

What does your job entail?

I am a Project Manager at VivoSense. I communicate with sponsors and internal teams and coordinate tasks and timelines to ensure all aspects and deliverables of each project are delivered in a timely and satisfactory fashion. I am constantly working with different teams on both the big picture and little details to drive results. It’s a job of many hats, and I love it!

How can your academic experience be applied in pharma?

My background in Biomechanics has afforded me familiarity with wearables and motion capture. My time as a graduate student was spent using wearable sensors to try and understand the effect of apparel choices on kinematics during exercise. Pharma is beginning to integrate wearables into clinical trials more frequently and consistently, and that prior experience working with wearables is essential to contributing to the promotion of wearables in decentralized clinical trials.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Honestly, it’s the people! I love every single person I work with! We have such a bright and talented team of individuals, and it is such a privilege to continue to build the presence of wearables in clinical trials with them!

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who just started their career?

I like to think of it this way: school is the paint, and experience is the brush. We are given the knowledge to prepare us, but the application of that knowledge is where we really grow into something great. Sometimes as a new member of the workforce, it’s hard to start “painting” when you’re staring at a blank canvas. So if you’re just starting out, don’t get overwhelmed! It’s OK to ask questions and to ask for help. It’s also OK to play detective and figure it out. Each new day is a chance to add a brushstroke to your painting, and at first, you may need help, so welcome the chance and challenge to grow! And who knows, one day you may even help someone else make their first brush strokes!

What motivates you?

Any opportunity to grow or better myself. You’re never old to learn something new, and each day is a new chance to work towards being your best self!

Do you have a superpower?

Any opportunity to grow or better myself. You’re never old to learn something new, and each day is a new chance to work towards being your best self!

What was your first job?

I was a Cashier at Dicks Sporting Goods right out of high school, so I was always destined for the field of Kinesiology!

What’s your secret talent no one knows about?

I make the best sweet potato casserole you’ll ever have.

What is your favorite Netflix/Hulu binge-watching show?

Definitely The Office or Golden Girls. I don’t know how many times I have seen each episode, but re-watching them is ALWAYS a good idea!

Recommend a book you’ve recently read.

It’s not a new book, but I recently read Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diaries. I am a fan of his works, and this one is probably one of my favorites now. It is chaotic, immersive, and definitely a page-turner. I tend to reach for books that make you think, make you laugh, or surprise you, and The Rum Diaries does all three.

Thank you Lindsey! If you want to learn more about what Lindsey and the rest of our team does, visit our Learning Center and Science Blog.

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