My group in the systems engineering department at BD focused on research and development of new technologies in the medical devices field. My boss would introduce new ideas to us and then try to implement them. My role in the group was to use MATLAB to create scripts and prototype programs to help the group efficiently analyze their results.
I was able to interact with people from many different backgrounds including biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists. It was quite an eye opening experience seeing people from all these fields work together. The hard part though, is having to understand the wants and needs of all these people. When creating scripts or programs I had to take into account the way in which each field would use what I was developing and make it understandable for them; when dealing with multiple disciplines this can become chaotic. But in the end, when people were able to use the scripts and programs that I had written effectively it was very satisfying.