Sara Thiele

Senior Mechanical Engineer

  • Relevant Experience: 10 years

  • Education:
    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering,
    University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Over 8 years of professional engineering experience with specific medical device experience in the following areas:

  • Shape Memory Polymer Endotracheal Tubes: Member of collaborative team working on endotracheal tube testing and evaluation project - Mechanical Engineer

  • Interventional neuroradiology coils/peripheral vascular coils- Mechanical Engineer (Conducted thermomechanical and mechanical testing of shape memory polymers for biomedical applications)

  • Laparoscopic surgical simulator - Project Manager, Mechanical Engineer

What’s the most interesting Medical Device project you’ve worked on and why?

Laparoscopic surgical simulator (a box designed to simulate surgery with different access ports); it was the first time I was able to work on project. I had my first exposure to the client and the design process from beginning to end.

If you could work on any type of medical device project, what would it be and why would you want to work on it?

I would want to work on an implantable device because I would love to learn a lot about anatomy and physiology. I find it fascinating.

If you couldn’t be an engineer what would you be?

A medical scientist doing medical research or a doctor or nurse in a third world country.

Where were you born, and where did you grow up?

Born in New Jersey. Moved to Chicago when I was 2; I grew up there. In junior high, my family started going to Breckenridge for spring break skiing, and I fell in love with Colorado.