Nicole Anne Byram


  • Lehigh University , Bethlehem , Pennsylvania (August ’97-June ’02)
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering with a strong minor in Economics, June 2002

Professional Experience

Dec. ‘01—Current: Research Engineer, Department of Biomedical Engineering: Cardiac Assist and Replacement Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

  • Lead engineer on a rotary pump program: responsible for budget management, documentation, milestone achievement, and scheduling
  • Redesign and optimization of a hemolysis test stand and procedure
  • Responsible for all rotary pump hemolysis testing: schedule, supply management, test completion, data reduction and analysis, and documentation
  • Wrote many LabVIEW Virtual Instruments (VI = code) to automatically calibrate motors, run pump performance maps, and collect, store and replay pump data at high frequencies while calculating other performance variables
  • Completed testing and trouble-shooting of prototypes; involved in redesign of such devices including the building of new parts/pieces using stereolithography
  • Designed and wrote Microsoft Excel Visual Basic macro to reduce performance map data: separated and organized data, completed calculations, and created plots
  • Learned and became a proficient user of Pro-Engineer CAD software for the design of pump components, including vanes, inflow cannulae, and outflow grafts
  • Completed tolerance drawings for part manufacture
  • Responsible for implant preparation and execution, data analysis and reduction, and documentation
  • Wrote protocols, specifications, and procedures
  • Created 3-D models of human anatomy based on MRI and CT scans
  • Responsible for IACUC protocol submission and annual renewals
  • Worked within a quality-controlled environment

June 1998—Aug. 2001: Engineering Research Technician, Department of Artificial Organs, Penn State College of Medicine , Hershey , PA

  • Assisted in the manufacture of devices and test equipment, test loops, endurance systems, electronics, and calibration devices
  • Performed data acquisition tasks
  • Researched and wrote a computer program to perform dimensional analysis

June 1998—Jan. 1999: Care Technician, Department of Surgery, Penn State College of Medicine , Hershey , PA

  • Cared for animals as part of Department of Artificial Organs in-vivo studies
  • Administered intravenous medicine and managed IV care, replacement, and blood infusions
  • Assisted during surgical events

Leadership Experience

June – August ‘99 Intern, Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry, Iacocca Institute, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA     

  • Six Week intensive executive training program specifically designed to enhance leadership, entrepreneurial & communication skills, develop global networking relationships and increase business and industry knowledge. One of 77 international interns to be chosen.

Project Work: Matthew Hoey, Inc.

  • Analysis of the present business practices used by the one-man company
  • Creation of a business plan to increase advertising and production success

July 2000 – June 2002: President, Newman Council Lehigh University , Bethlehem, PA

  • Planned, organized, and directed bi-weekly meetings and special events


  • Duncan BW, Dudzinski DT, Gu L, Mielke N, Noecker AM, Kopcak MW, Fukamachi K, Cingoz F, Ootaki Y, Smith WA. The PediPump: development status of a new pediatric ventricular assist device: update II. ASAIO J. 2006 Sep-Oct;52(5):581-7.
  • Weber S, Dudzinski DT, Gu L, Mielke N, Casas F, Noecker AM, Saeed D, Ootaki Y, Fukamachi K, Smith WA, Duncan BW. The PediPump: A versatile, implantable, pediatric ventricular assist device – Update III. ASAIO J 2007;53:730-733.
  • Saeed D, Weber S, Ootaki Y, Mielke N, Ootaki C, Akiyama M, Horai T, Catanese J, Fumoto H, Dessoffy R, Dudzinski DT, Gu L, Casas F, Smith WA, Fukamachi K, Duncan BW. Initial acute in vivo performance of the Cleveland Clinic PediPump left ventricular assist device. ASAIO J 2007;53:766-770.