Purdue engineers learn of their remarkable connection
“One of the most noble things you can do as an engineer is help others,” says Logan Noster, who graduated from Purdue in May with a degree in multidisciplinary engineering.
Those words have special meaning when it comes to Noster’s unique connection with Cook Biotech President Umesh Patel.
Noster and Patel had no idea that connection existed when they first met before a multidisciplinary engineering awards banquet in February. During a conversation with a group of student awardees, Patel – who would be recognized that evening as an outstanding Purdue University engineering education alumnus – described Cook’s small intestinal submucosa (SIS) technology that he helped introduce in the 1990s. Little did Patel know that as an infant, Noster underwent surgery to repair a rare medical condition where doctors used SIS grafts to help his body heal.
That night at the banquet, Patel and his Cook colleagues were able to meet Noster’s family and hear firsthand how their product aided Logan’s recovery. It was an interaction that none of them will soon forget.