Engineering Professional IV, Global R&D, Advanced Materials
Kinetic Concepts, Inc.
Senior Engineer, Advanced Materials, Global R&D (March 2008-present). Mechanobiology specialist, developing Finite Element Analysis models of soft tissue - dressing interactions for Prevena, BPS Mastopexy, VATR, and Colonnade projects. Developing high fidelity FEA model of Strattice-breast interaction for BPS Mastopexy project. Developing methods for and evaluating mechanical behavior of soft-tissue analogs for use in product development. Continued development of NPT 3D cell culture system and support of in vitro studies of mechanobiology under NPT. Project lead on development of micropatterned tissue interface material (Colonnade) concept, prototypes, pilot in vivo study, and histological analysis to elucidate mechanical MOA of NPT at the micrometer scale. MicroCT analysis of VATR Spine in vivo studies. Developing methods for correlating histological and radiological 3D image datasets for evaluation of osteogenisis. Developing novel method for virtual mechanical testing of osteogenesis connectivity.
Senior Engineer, Global R&D, VAC Research (Aug 2003 - March 2008): Project manager on in vitro and in silico studies, and lead author on 3 publications. Translated 3D cell culture bioreactor system components from custom made to injection molded parts for scale-up of experiments.
Biomedical Engineer, R&D (July 2002-Aug 2003): Project manager for VAC Heel Dressing commercialization, from concept through production (patent app.10/895,700). Technical consultant for regulatory, intellectual property, and competitive product evaluation initiatives
Sustaining Engineer, R&D (Oct 2001-June 2002): Investigated and resolved functional design issues with VAC Therapy units, supported new product development. Conducted quality pareto analysis and reporting.