We are the engineers of possible: Electrical Engineer Embraces Servant Leadership
Clear, transparent, and open communication. Fostering an innovative, fun, and caring work environment. And being a good servant leader.
These are important attributes in a career for Dr. Simon Bello.
The R&D Platform Leader and Director of Product Development for the Infusion business within Medication Management Systems (MMS), oversees two areas in his day-to-day role at BD:
The functional management of technical engineering across the S. Infusion platforms; and
Overall Product Development of the next generation of infusion devices, bringing various disciplines together (i.e., mechanical, electrical, systems, statistics, SW, etc.), to enable new clinical workflows and medical solutions.
He joined BD in the summer of 2022 and says he was not really looking to make a move from his previous employer, which specialized in the manufacturing of opthalmic diagnostics, until he connected and talked with his panel of interviewers.
“During my interview, I learned how much of an impact our infusion solutions have across the world and I was impressed because whether it’s analgesics, cancer treatments, anesthesia or other treatments, the likelihood of someone within your own family using our product is high,” Simon explained. “Contributing to the creation of products that have the ability to make such a big impact in healthcare is a great feeling. I love my role at BD.”
Caring, Leading, and Engaging at BD
Simon says that one of the highlights of his role is being able to cultivate a work environment where people feel cared for, listened to, and are all aligned in delivering on advancing the world of healthTM.
“I try and emulate the behaviors of my past leaders who taught me about the power of teamwork, ensuring that the right people are in the right roles, putting things on the table and being clear in what we need from each other. All while having a little fun while we do so. I strive to be a good servant leader. I admire my current leader because he is teaching me to act and not react, which is powerful. I’ve been lucky to have good mentors in my life. I like to say that we are trying to create the organization of the future, but the reality is that the future will never get here, yet we got to keep trying. Our work is never done because we can always improve something,” said Simon.
Excited by the Possibilities at BD
Simon holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of South Florida and a PhD in Biomedical Electronics and Systems from the same university. He says that the biggest lesson learned during his academic years is how far curiosity and persistence can take you, and believes that those traits translate directly into the Med Tech industry and are the best way to learn and grow at BD.
“We are such a large organization and have such an impact on Med Tech with so many segments and business units, that you could literally never leave BD and yet keep developing professionally. We work on some very cool things,” said Simon.
During his personal time, Simon is a huge fan of the New York Yankees, watching movies, and staying active across a variety of sports. “I love watching the Yankees, but absolutely stink at playing baseball,” he jokes.