When most people think about electrical engineering, they think about devices and gadgets. Rebecca Wilkins, the director of chronic pain therapy for R&D at Abbott, knows how electrical engineering can be applied to the human body's nervous system to alleviate chronic pain. Rebecca was drawn to the field as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University, where she studied biomedical engineering. She chose the major because she was interested in medicine and engineering, and it was one of the few degrees that would allow her to explore both. 'While studying biomedical engineering, I really enjoyed the electrical engineering aspects because it was interesting math, but you could also create something,' she said. She chose it as her minor to supplement her studies and started her first job out of school as an electrical engineer designing wirelessly connected infusion pumps. As she worked in the industry, Wilkins realized she wanted to expand her knowledge and continue her education. That meant working as an engineer during the day while attending school at night to earn her Master's in Electrical Engineering. She went on to design neuromodulation systems — implantable devices that use electrical stimulation to modulate the nervous system — before managing engineering teams as the director of electrical engineering in neuromodulation. Today, Wilkins manages the chief architects, systems engineers, and program leaders in Abbott's chronic pain therapy business, designing and delivering to market a portfolio of products used to treat chronic pain. A typical workday involves a lot of execution and strategy discussions, including what products should look like in the future and how the team’s contributions fit into the overall business goals.