Dawn Strahler, CQE, EIT

dawn [dot] strahler [at] alumni [dot] hmc [dot] edu

Professional Summary:

Quality and engineering professional with over fifteen years of experience in the medical device and biotechnology industries. Expertise in project and process execution of device development and quality systems.  Strengths include knowledge of quality and business practices, development of comprehensive systemic solutions, application of engineering principles to quality issues, and cross-functional interaction with technical teams.


Obtain a technical leadership role in a small to medium sized medical device company in the San Francisco bay area.  Be a key representative in innovative new design projects.  Utilize my skills as a systems oriented quality engineer to improve efficiency and usability of development processes.  


Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, CA                                                 2013– present

Sr. Quality Engineer Level IV                        Aug 2015 -- present

Sr. Quality Engineer                                        Feb 2013 -- Aug 2015

Acclarent, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson), Menlo Park, CA                                 2010 – 2013

Sr. Engineer, Product Development Quality                May 2010 -- Feb 2013

Stellartech Research Corp., Sunnyvale, CA                                         2003 - 2010

Sr. Quality Systems Engineer                        Jan 2009 - May 2010

Sr. Quality Engineer                                        Dec 2006 - Jan 2009

Quality Engineer                                        Jun 2005 - Dec 2006

Mechanical R&D Engineer                                Aug 2003 - Jun 2005

Hyseq Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA                                        1998 - 2002

Biopharmaceutical Engineer/ Process Engineer 3        Oct 2001 - Jul 2002

Robotics Integrator                                        Aug 2000 - Oct 2001

Jr. Robotics Integrator                                        Oct 1998 - Aug 2000

Certifications and Education:

ASQ Certified Quality Engineer 50283, Dec 2006

Engineer-In-Training XE106099, Jul 1998

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, May 1998

Professional Affiliations:

Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Lifetime Member

American Society for Quality (ASQ), Member

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), Member

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Member

Temporary and Part Time Experience:

Planet Granite, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, CA

Instructor/Supervisor, Nov 2002 to Dec 2010

Taught beginning and technique lessons, scheduled and managed staff tasks, registered customers, coordinated and facilitated events and sales.

Debbie Lyn's Costumes, Sunnyvale, CA

Seasonal Associate, Halloween 2002

Helped customers find costumes, get ideas.

Du-All Safety and Precision, Fremont, CA

Temporary Administrative Assistant, 1998

Performed reception duties, updated website, assisted with class preparations.

Silicon Light Machines, Sunnyvale, CA

Contract Consultant, 1998

Created Visual Basic Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and Visual C++ software.

University of California Santa Barbara, BioMaterials Engineering

Summer Research Assistant, 1996 and 1997

Conducted research related to morphological changes in sustained release drug delivery system using Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). Researched formulations of hydrogels. Constructed lyophilization apparatus.

Lasers By Fifi, Claremont, CA

Business Manager, 1995 to 1997

Maintained all records and budget for small business using computer system. Scheduled and planned operations.

Curriculum Engineering Projects:

Irvine Ranch Water District,Irvine, CA

Team Leader, 1997 to 1998

Managed five person team developing and implementing customer oriented Internet presence via series of consistently designed web pages.

IsoStent Inc., San Carlos, CA

Spring Team Member. 1997

Designed heating and fluid flow system in accelerated fatigue test system for coronary artery stents with team of four.

Dunlap Elementary School, Yucaipa, CA

Team Member, 1995

Designed and specified playground to meet current safety regulations with team of five. Constructed parts of final design prototype. Prepared sections of final report.