Caroline Gamache Howard ’04

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 10.18.42 AMCaroline received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue in 2008. From 2008 to 2010 she worked in the Developing World Healthcare Technology Lab in the Pratt School of Engineeringat Duke University. The lab seeks to meet the unique medical instrumentation challenges faced by developing countries. To achieve this goal, team members prototype appropriate medical technologies and train nationals to fix and maintain healthcare technologies.

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One of the projects Caroline worked on while at Duke was a packaging device for AIDS prevention, which involved packaging liquid medication that treats HIV and prevents the passage of HIV from mother to child.  This treatment had a very high efficacy and is currently going through clinical trials in Tanzania. Nine months of the year Caroline conducted research in the lab, and during the summer she coordinated and led groups of volunteer engineering students on visits to the developing world for one month of language and engineering training and a second month of hospital work, teaching local technicians how to repair medical equipment. She traveled to Tanzania in 2009 and Central America in 2010.

In January 2011 Caroline married Tony Howard. They are members of Chesterfield Presbyterian Church in St. Louis where Tony is director of KREW high school student ministry. Currently, Caroline is employed as in industrial engineer working on process improvements in pharmaceutical manufacturing for Covidien.  More than seven years after graduating from Westminster, Caroline reflects on the quality education she received. “

We were able to go to school in a Christian environment without sacrificing the level of education. At Westminster, there’s no academic trade-off for Christian education.”