Designing for a dog’s life

Aimee Krebsbach sits on grass reaching to pet mostly white short-haired dog.

The instant Aimee Krebsbach set foot inside Caerus Corp., she knew it was the right fit. 

“It was awesome,” she says of the medical device company in Arden Hills, Minnesota. “There was a dog that greeted me right away, and I knew that I would fit in as soon as I walked in the door.”

Krebsbach has interned at the medical devices company for over a year, designing and prototyping prosthetics and braces for both humans and nonhuman animals. As a recently graduated biomedical engineering student and University honors student, she has worked hard to balance her time between six classes and her part-time internship. 

Last year, Krebsbach played club hockey on top of work and a heavy course load. She believes that a busy schedule leads to better performance, both academically and professionally.  

As an intern at Caerus, Krebsbach has done everything from design to research to prototyping. Last summer, she led a project to build medical braces for dogs, for which she handled the design, researched similar consumer products, and wrote instructions for manufacturers to make the braces. Now the company is ready to launch the product line. 

Krebsbach is also working on a human medical brace that utilizes pulsed electromagnetic field technology, which helps increase blood flow to relieve pain. She plans to work full-time at Caerus while taking graduate classes part time in the College of Science and Engineering’s mechanical engineering program. 

“Everything is finally coming together,” Krebsbach says. “Seeing it come full circle will continue in the next couple months, which I’m excited about.”
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities