Grad Member Spotlight: Josa Hanzlik

Next in our GradSWE Leadership Spotlight:  Josa Hanzlik, our newly appointed Developmental Mentoring Coordinator!


Josa Hanzlik, PhD
Research and Development Engineer, ZSX Medical
NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellow


Josa is the newly created GradSWE Developmental Mentoring Coordinator. She is very excited to serve in this role and help build the GradSWE mentoring program. Josa has had limited experience with SWE, but founded a SWE style group for graduate women at Drexel University. Josa was the founding member of Drexel Graduate Women in Science & Engineering in 2010. After serving as president for two years, she developed and executed a mentoring program at Drexel. This group has won numerous awards at Drexel, recognizing their efforts at academic and career focus, as well as outreach to the local community.

In addition, Josa has been actively engaged in global research community. She was a Whitaker Fellow and spent a year abroad conducting research. During her year abroad, she traveled to 14 different countries. She was awarded NSF grants to attend an advanced institute and summer school program in Turkey.

What is your academic history and previous research?
I completed my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in 2015, and also have Masters degrees in both Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. My doctoral research focused on retrieval analysis and finite element modeling of porous-coated orthopaedic implants. I have also been involved in other projects, including fretting/corrosion assessment of total hip implants, failure analysis of spinal implants and oxidation and wear assessment of polyethylene implants..

Give a brief explanation of your job.

I am a research and development engineer at a medical device start-up company. I am funded through the NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship. I am responsible for development and execution of pre-clinical work including bench testing, biocompatibility and efficacy studies. My responsibilities include management and execution of cadaver studies, set-up and maintenance of a cleanroom for medical device builds, bench-top testing, and supervision of co- op engineering students.

What are your career goals?
I enjoy working on medical devices and really love mentoring students. I would love to work in the medical device industry for the next 10-15 years and then eventually return to academia.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and baby. I also currently train in karate and jiu jit-su.

What’s a fun fact about you?
During my PhD, I spent a year abroad in the Netherlands and completed a half-marathon.


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