People like to give things names.
We demand that every single group of something or other we come across has a nice, neat label so that we already know a bit about it before we’ve even seen it. We refer to a family of lions as a “pride,” when crows gather we call that a “murder,” and the term for a group of rhinoceroses is amusingly titled “a crash.” These aren’t just random words, they are descriptions that tell us a bit more about how things behave and how they tend to make us feel.
By this logic, we should call a group of SIMETRI employees a solution.
Before you even meet a member of the SIMETRI team, that word tells you exactly what you should be expecting. Thanks to a new outline for expansion into the consumer market being implemented by SIMETRI CEO Angela Alban, these solutions are only growing in number. Medical schools, hospitals, local emergency services, and more are now able to take advantage of groundbreaking medical simulation services and technology that U.S. government and military personnel have been utlizing for years.
To figure out why the term solution is so appropriate, let’s take a look at what SIMETRI does:
Alban assembled her team by seeking out experts in the seemingly unrelated arenas of science and art, and then set them to the task of developing cutting-edge solutions for the Medical Training and Simulation industry. The collision of these two worlds has resulted in a wide range of one-of-a-kind products and services, and each began with a problem that needed solving.
When a medical professional has a job to do, the conditions aren’t always optimal. It would be wonderful if every operation or life-saving procedure was done in quiet concentration with an experienced medical mentor nearby, but that is not the world we live in. All across the globe—on battlefields, at disaster sites, in overcrowded hospitals, and on city streets—people are working their hardest to properly treat patients under the most stressful of circumstances. They deserve the benefits of proper training and experience, so they know exactly what to do and just what to expect before their task even begins.
The solution, of course, is Medical Simulation. Simulation is all about realism, so the best medical training needs to involve the most realistic anatomy to train on. Not only that, but it has to provide the most accurate experience possible. SIMETRI’s marriage of engineering and special effects has produced an entire catalog of original products that perfectly replicate human anatomy and are uniquely tailored to specific procedures.
SIMETRI’s mastery of material science means that they are constantly developing new forms of synthetic human tissue to mimic the real thing in look, feel, density, elasticity, and more. The integration of technology like sensors and software means that the customer gets back accurate, usable data from each simulation.
These products are all done in-house, from concept to creation, by a research and development team who are no strangers to precision modeling or custom manufacturing.
SIMETRI’s contributions to medical simulation don’t stop with the physical product. Their team doesn’t just provides the props—they also write the script, coach the actors, and set the stage. The process of developing original medical curriculum, instructing medical professionals, and helping them interpret the data to improve and evolve are services which SIMETRI customers rely on to ensure their trainees have the best opportunity for growth imaginable.
It’s the real world impact of these services that drives SIMETRI forward. Alban and her team get to finish their workday knowing that the training systems they create are getting real, measurable use helping those people in combat zones, at natural disasters, or in operating rooms get the best medical treatment possible at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.
Medical professionals and their patients aren’t the only ones who benefit from these services—SIMETRI’s client companies have a full array of extra support available to them. SIMETRI provides Human Resources services, recruiting, hiring, supplying, and managing staff with each contracted employee entitled to the same support and opportunities as one of their corporate employees. Because of this, SIMETRI-contracted employees have a lot of incentive to stick around and see the job through.
This focus on dependability and longevity has already earned the company a solid reputation as reliable problem solvers with the U.S. military and federal government.
Well, that and their adaptability. While the centerpiece on SIMETRI’s table may be medical training and simulation, they use their significant capabilities for a wide range of other services. Whether it’s designing aviation training syllabi for the U.S. Air Force, optimizing and designing new tech for communications networks, or working with augmented reality, for SIMETRI’s engineers it’s just another problem to be solved. They even employ chemists and other scientists to analyze water or soil to detect contaminants, furthering the positive effect they have on the world around them.
While a good working relationship with the U.S. government is a point of pride to Alban and the SIMETRI team, they direct just as much expertise and enthusiasm toward their private sector and international customers. In fact, consumers have the added benefit of knowing that this team’s products and capability have met the most rigorous demands in critical situations and stood the test of time.
That last part is important. A solution is not really a solution if it doesn’t stay solved—long life cycles are a necessity. SIMETRI’s products are known to hold strong over time, as are their employees.
The modeling, simulation, and training team that makes up SIMETRI is equal parts specialized task force and supportive family, and that’s by design. When Alban created the company, she was in the often conflicting position of being both a driven professional and a devoted mother. To mold SIMETRI into something flexible enough to scratch her engineering itch without sacrificing her most important role, she prioritized a respect of family and community in the work environment.
Her employees know they are valued, and that their personal and professional growth is important to everyone on staff, from the top down. It isn’t often that you come across that mentality —that employees are individuals, with individual needs—but it’s even rarer to see in an industry that thrives on intellectual prowess and an engineering perspective.
Maybe that’s why it all works so well. SIMETRI is defined by innovation, so perhaps the idea of cognitive capacity paired with aesthetic creativity, mixed vigorously with some good old fashioned empathy and respect, is the reason why such a varied group of professionals work so well together.
The diverse team of experts and artists that make up SIMETRI share common ground and unite in the common cause of problem solving. Rather than detract from one another, their differences in perspective allow them to elevate each other and figure out new ways to push past existing limitations and achieve unimaginable results. Art shapes science—science guides art.
The SIMETRI team is—for patients, for trainees, for customers, for the simulation industry, and even for themselves—a solution.