Many job seekers may ask themselves: Is it possible to move from other industries into healthcare? What does it take to make the transition? People working across Abbott have made the shift into careers here from other industries, discovering that while the pivot can be challenging, the move is worth the effort. One of those employees is Ursula Christian, Ph.D., divisional vice president of research and development, hematology for Abbott’s Diagnostics division in Santa Clara, California. Ursula began her career in aerospace engineering at Lockheed Martin, where she rose in the ranks of engineering technical leadership and spearheaded improvement efforts for projects like combat aircraft build processes. She also worked in software engineering in telecommunications at Motorola. Engineering as the Vehicle for Science The unexpected chance to embrace a new industry at Abbott aligned with shifts in Ursula’s personal life and a personal calling. “I wasn’t really thinking about a career change, but Abbott offered me an opportunity to start a system engineering organization, and that really appealed to me,” Ursula says. “I'm a change agent, and I was looking to do something more meaningful. My parents were aging, and I was interested in the diagnostic tools used in their healthcare. I didn't know Abbott as an engineering company, but I quickly learned that engineering is the vehicle for the company’s science. Moving to Abbott was a great opportunity to contribute my expertise and integrate engineering and science.” That’s exactly what Ursula is doing at Abbott as she leads her team in product development for Abbott’s Alinity hq and Alinity hs blood analyzers. Her team harnesses field intelligence to meet the future needs of labs, hospitals, and universities globally.