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Dana Coombs



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Dana Coombs

Senior Principal Engineer

US Hospital Medical Device

Why I'm a JPAL

To help Johnson and Johnson evaluate technologies that will better enable our product development process and help us be more innovative. I am interested in companies that have simulation, computational biomechanics, and predictive capabilities for orthopedics. I am also interested in evaluating orthopedic devices and solutions based on biomechanical performance.


I have over 25 years of experience with design, computer aided engineering, testing, simulation and structural analysis, biomechanics, and computational biomechanics. I have a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Ph.D research focused on spine computational biomechanics, probabilistics and optimization. Over 25 years experience in the CAD/CAM/CAE and medical device industry.


"All models are wrong but some are useful"

Fun fact:

I am a twin and I also have twin daughters