Hallie's Open Road

HALLIE BRINKERHUFF

Director of Sports Medicine Research & Development
Zimmer Biomet

“One of the core values of innovation is humility. If you don’t have humility, you’re not going to be open to new ideas, and that’s what innovation is.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Medicine

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Passion Exploration Education Values Community

FOUNDATION:

Learning / Being Challenged

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH.
  • Early on, she identified her interests were in math, science, and medicine, which led to her pursuing an honors track in high school focused in these areas.
  • Before her senior year of high school, she participated in a summer program where she got to explore different areas of engineering—here she discovered her love of biomedical engineering.
  • Attended Case Western Reserve University, where she did a 5 year degree program earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, specializing in biomaterials.
  • Moved to the South to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete her PhD where she researched defective orthopedic devices.
  • Says her decision to get her doctoral degree was more of a personal goal than a professional one—“I’m a learner, I like to learn”.
  • Her first job after receiving her PhD was at Zimmer, Inc. (now Zimmer Biomet) researching and developing polymers, molecules that make up countless synthetic and natural objects all around us.
  • She has worked at Zimmer for the past 16 years, occupying various leadership positions in polymer research, advanced technology, and sports medicine.

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