Orthopedic Device Designer

July 17, 2012
Chris Hutchens Portrait

Chris Hutchens

“My exposure to highly applicable course work and biomaterials research at Hopkins helped me understand what is possible. “

Chris Hutchens joined an orthopedic medical device firm, DePuy Synthes, after graduating with a degree in biomaterials in 2009. He’s been lead engineer on high-profile projects in Biomaterials Operations, Screw Manufacturing, Spine Product Development, and Biomaterials R&D.

As a member of DuPuy’s engineering rotation program, he travels to different divisions and locations. Currently, he’s at the Biomaterials R&D facility in Switzerland.

Today, I am working on the front lines to develop new antibiotic coatings for orthopedic implants, ultimately making them safer and more effective.”

Employment of materials engineers is expected to increase by 9 percent between 2010 and 2020, with a current median pay of $83,120 per year for 2010, according U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisitcs.

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