The concept of family has remained a theme throughout Corry Tsang’s collegiate and professional career. It was the close-knit community at County College of Morris (CCM) that led him to the company he has been a part of for 15 years.
While attending CCM, fellow student Daxesh Patel encouraged Tsang to take part in a co-op Patel was already involved in with Glenbrook Technologies, a company located in Randolph that creates high-tech, high-resolution X-Ray magnifying systems. Tsang has been there ever since.
“CCM, through its co-op, got me the job,” says Tsang, a resident of Wharton and a native of Flanders. “I credit the college for my career. I think the engineering program was a great background to start with and it just fit perfectly for the job I do here now.”
Ever since he joined the staff, after graduating from CCM in 2000 with a degree in electronics engineering technology, Tsang has been an asset to Glenbrook founder and president Gil Zweig. Zweig has made a habit of hiring CCM-educated employees like Tsang. About 70 percent of the 30-year-old company’s employees have attended CCM.
“I’ve found CCM alumni to be resourceful and innovative,” says Zweig.
Tsang and Patel, who has worked at Glenbrook for 16 years, are part of a group that values what each other brings to the table.
“We all work as a family instead of ‘I’m going to do this, you are going to do that,’ ” says Tsang.
While doing so, they have also created award-winning devices.
Tsang was the principal inventor and Patel the production supervisor of an apparatus that won a 2013 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in the Medical Devices category. The machine is a one-of-a-kind rotating X-ray camera that observes the effectiveness of filters inside blood vessels. It was created to observe the effectiveness of vena cava filters, which capture blood clots traveling through the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart.
The X-ray technology is something the company specializes in. The truly unique part of the apparatus is its rotation.
“We had to look at different types of plastics that would allow the gear to rotate within the plastic and not bind up,” says Tsang. “So there was a lot of engineering involved in looking at different materials.”
An education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) was something that was obviously important to the careers of Tsang and his Glenbrook family. Tsang also believes it could be important to the family he has at home. While CCM formed its Women in STEM club to encourage more young women to consider those fields, Tsang also believes it is important to expose his own young daughter to the career possibilities.
“I don’t think it’s just a man’s field,” Tsang said. “I’m going to make sure she experiences all possibilities because, who knows, she could be the next top scientist. You only limit your child by saying ‘don’t do this, don’t do that.’ ”
Tsang, who says CCM Engineering Professor Venny Fuentes was an influence on his career, says it is important for students and those just starting their careers to believe in what they can achieve.
“Never underestimate what you are doing because you never know what it can bring in the future or how important it could actually be,” he says.