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Susan M. Bowley, Ph.D.


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  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut


Susan M. Bowley, Ph.D. has been a practicing engineer for over 29 years. Dr. Bowley grew up in Ashford, CT and completed her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. She then started her professional engineering career at NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California where she worked in various capacities for over 13 years. While at NASA, Dr. Bowley earned her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University with a concentration in Thermosciences, including completion of an independent research study on Transpired Epidermal Water Loss in Premature Infants. After competitive selection for a NASA Full-time Graduate Study Fellowship, Dr. Bowley earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Her Doctoral Dissertation, with the help of a grant awarded by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, consisted of two human research studies to investigate the effect of physical activity on bone density in humans. Dr. Bowley then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Food and Drug Administration where she studied blood hemolysis via mechanical fragility of red blood cells in various medical devices. After completing her Post-Doctoral research, Dr. Bowley served as a lead medical device reviewer at the FDA in the Cardiovascular Division for over 3 years, including serving on the ASTM F04.30.06 Task Group as Co-Chair. Dr. Bowley has also served as a faculty member at multiple universities where she has developed her own courses. Since leaving the FDA, Dr. Bowley has been working as a Forensic Expert Witness and Medical Device Consultant. In 2008, Dr. Bowley started her own engineering consulting firm. Corporate offices are located in Northern California (HQ), Connecticut, Hawaii, Vancouver British Columbia Canada, and Birmingham England. Additionally, Dr. Bowley is an Associate Professor of Engineering and teaches Engineering courses at local Universities and Community Colleges in Northern California.

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