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Vivienne Clayton

Vivienne Clayton



Wayne, NJ




"The path to your success is not as fixed and inflexible as you think." - Misty Copeland

Professionally, my interests include product development, medical devices, assistive technology, rehabilitation devices, and leadership opportunities. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to concerts, spending time with my family, and following beauty trends.

My dream job would be as a product development engineer in the medical device field. Ideally, I would have the chance to explore leadership opportunities, as well as interface with other departments or customers. I'd love to combine my passion for engineering with my affinity for forming relationships and communicating effectively.

Stryker Orthopaedics


My work in sustaining engineering has given me a unique perspective in the manufacturing and design of medical devices. The work often challenges more than my engineering skills and is incredibly varied from day to day, making it an exciting career that fulfills me with respect to many facets of my personality. One day, I'm working on engineering analyses and updating drawings, and the next I'm updating risk documents and writing detailed engineering justifications. In fact, if you read my dream job description, I'd say this job fits it well!

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University of Pennsylvania

Graduate Research Assistant, Project Lead

• Designed a novel cable-based gait rehabilitation system, and modeled it in Solidworks.
• Tested validity of design by creating and running a proof-of-concept experiment.
• Wrote a passive dynamic walker simulation in MATLAB to support rehabilitation system.
• Assembled mechanical components of device, including a 3D printed cable spool.
• Patent application to be filed.
• Oversaw a REU student and assisted her in completion of an award winning presentation.

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AbilityOne Network Design Challenge

Project Manager, Engineer

In my senior year, I was introduced to assistive technology. Between this and a biomechanics class, I discovered my passion. Prior to this, I had only been exposed to mechanical engineering used in cars, planes, or defense. Learning I could use engineering to help people and even affect change in someone's life was a turning point for me. I think this contributes to the respect and appreciation I feel for my biomechanics teacher, another mentor of mine.


University of Pennsylvania

M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

I went to Penn to innovate in rehabilitation robotics. I was lucky enough to achieve this goal over a challenging and life-changing period of two years. Perhaps the luckiest of all, though, was meeting two of my very best friends and supporting them through their PhDs.

Roger Williams University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Choosing RWU was one of the most important decisions I ever made. It was there that I met my first mentor in my academic advisor. She's an amazing woman who encouraged me to be the best I could possibly be.

Society of Women Engineers

I became involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) very early on at RWU. SWE allowed me to ex

BAE Systems, Inc. and ITT

Mechanical Engineering Intern

Through my two internships at ITT and BAE, I learned a lot about business, engineering, and passion. I was able to see what a job in engineering truly looked like, and I met many great people along the way. Unfortunately, I also learned that my passion was not to be at a DoD contractor for the rest of my life. Small electronics packaging was just not my calling.

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