Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering



Working for a Start-Up: Real World Experiences


Dr. Rebeccah Brown


Spine Medica LLC


Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 11:00:00 AM


MARC Building, Room Auditorium


Woodruff School Graduate Women


Deciding between a career at an established company or a start-up company can be a difficult decision. The current economic downturn makes it even more important to avoid a misstep when accepting a job offer. Dr. Brown will discuss some of the potential pitfalls and rewards of both, with a focus on biomedical start-up companies. In addition, she will offer advice on securing your ideal position as well as how to be successful once on board with your new company.


Rebeccah Brown, Ph.D. is currently the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Secretary of SpineMedica, LLC, a medical device start-up company located in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Brown joined SpineMedica in September 2005 and has held various positions, including Vice President of Operations, Director of Research and Development, and Director of Project Management. Before joining SpineMedica, Dr. Brown worked as a project manager and staff engineer at SaluMedica, LLC. Dr. Brown also worked with SaluMedica, LLC in her capacity as a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology , where her research focused on the durability of orthopedic devices. Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Brown also previously worked at Centerpulse in Winterthur, Switzerland as a research engineer and at Hewlett-Packard as a product/process engineer.


Refreshments will be served.