Chris Hansen - Biomedical Service Technician: Entry Level and ASG President

Chris HansenChris Hansen '13 worked as a heavy equipment operator until a career-ending injury put him on a new career trajectory. The married father of two enrolled in Biomedical Service Technician: Clinical Engineering in 2012 to learn a trade that would use more of his brain than his body to perform.

"I was told I wouldn't be able to do physical work," said Chris. "I had to think of a career where I would mostly use my mind."  

At Bates, the Fife resident heard about the Associated Student Government from his instructor Art Cutting.  

"Everywhere I've worked, I've always held a leadership role, and I thought I could step into an ASG role somehow," he said. "I have a little bit of a fix-it nature, so when I stepped into the role as President, it was easy to see the things that needed to be fixed. When I started getting feedback from fellow students, I saw the need for someone to shoulder the responsibility of making progress on the issues we needed to address," said Chris.  

Throughout his yearlong tenure as president, he worked to improve student life through a variety of endeavors, and he has also shifted his career goal. "I know now that I want to work in higher education. I fell in love with watching the students grow," he said proudly.  

Says Chris, "I don't think I've ever had a bigger high than watching a fellow classmate earn a gold medal in a competition...There's nothing like knowing I got to be a part of something like that. These students became a part of my family."  

Chris had the honor of serving as the college's student commencement speaker on May 17. He hopes to earn a bachelor's and master's degree, and then pursue a career in a higher education institution.