Nicole McMinn is a Biomedical Engineer for the 3D Medical Applications Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
Nicole obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2014 and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2018. Nicole worked at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2015-2020, first as a research fellow in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Office of Science and Engineering Labs and then in the Office of Product Evaluation and Quality as a Lead Reviewer of orthopedic devices.
Nicole has been with the 3D MAC since July 2020, where she applies additive manufacturing techniques such as material and binder jetting, vat photopolymerization, material extrusion, and powder bed fusion (electron beam melting and multi-jet fusion) in support of medical applications and implant designs. She designs and creates anatomic models, digital reconstructions, orthotic and prosthetic attachments, surgical task trainers, and custom devices. Nicole also uses her prior experience at the FDA to assist in developing and implementing a quality management system (QMS) for the 3D MAC to eventually register as a medical device manufacturer.