Meet Shelby, Associate Project Engineer in Spine Product Development. A recent Drexel University graduate, Shelby is committed to advancing patient care through engineering. Read our interview to learn about her journey from co-op to full-time team member. We look forward to helping her build her career!

A conversation with Shelby

Where did you go to school?

I recently graduated from Drexel University with a major in product design. 

How did you select Globus for your co-op?

Before college, I was interested in pursuing a career designing prosthetics for amputees. I knew that I wanted my co-op to relate to design, anatomy, and medical innovation in order to have more exposure to the field. After researching orthopedic companies, I found Globus through Drexel’s engineering portal. 

Initially, I was nervous knowing that I would be one of the few people applying to the job who did not have “traditional” engineering training even though I supplemented my design program with additional biological science and human ergonomics courses. However, I was inspired and grateful upon my first meeting with the team when I saw that the members were intrigued by the skills I had to offer. After my interview, Globus felt like a warm and welcoming environment, where learning and growth is encouraged, so I knew it was the place for me. I became ecstatic over how cool “designing spinal implants” sounded. 

What did you like best?

Two things I enjoyed the most were the workplace culture and the variety of projects I was exposed to. I felt that I had real connections with my coworkers, not only with my team, but throughout the company as a whole.  I was treated as an individual, not only an “intern.” I also liked the amount of responsibility and access to a variety of projects I received. I worked on redesigns for instrument and display cases for new launches, improved my technical drawing skills, learned realistic model making (including 3D printing, material studies, and tolerance stacks), designed demo kits, and more. 

How did you decide to pursue a career at Globus?

After completing my co-op cycle, I knew I wanted to continue my career at Globus after my senior year and was fortunate enough to work part time at Globus during that time. Not only did I continue learning more about the technical and realistic side of being a project engineer, but I also grew more as a person and learned how to mature in a workplace environment. Seeing how much I grew in just a year, I became even more excited at the thought of working full time at Globus—I knew I wanted to stay. I continued working as hard as I could to impress the boss (smile), to show my ambition and determination to become the best I could be. As Drexel always says, “Ambition Can’t Wait!”

What are you most looking forward to?

I am always looking forward to learning more from others, and of course to getting my own project! I am also looking forward to working directly with surgeons. I feel that I have been trained well through my major and have a comprehensive understanding of human factors. Having spent a year at Globus so far, I would like to incorporate the emotional and mental aspect of those factors to help ensure that at the end of the day, decisions made are in the eyes of bettering the patient’s life.

What advice do you have for students navigating through school and doing well in their co-ops?

When it comes to finding a co-op, be ambitious! I was one of the only students applying for a job that was posted for engineering majors. Don’t let anyone tell you “no” or that you can’t do it! Apply for what you want, and what feels right. Start your search early, and do your research! Know the morals and ethics of the company, and consider how you will gain from the company both academically and professionally.

When it comes to doing well in your co-op, show initiative. Show that you are always there to help, and make sure your tasks are done on time.  Be positive! Understand that it takes time to learn new things, and every part of your co-op experience is a learning experience. Last but definitely not least, be respectful! You certainly want to enjoy your environment and be social, but being professional in your workplace is very important. When talking to others, actively listen. Be willing to make deeper connections with coworkers, network, and learn other disciplines. Understand that ultimately, it does not matter how good you are if you cannot connect and work well with others.

Meet Laura, one of Globus’ Sales Trainers. Laura’s extensive background in sales and her passion for advancing patient care allows her to make an impact in our Sales Training department. We are lucky to have her on the Globus team!

A conversation with Laura

What were you doing before you joined Globus?

I began my spine career in 2005 in Charleston, SC with Synthes Spine as a Sales Consultant and transitioned to a Senior Sales Specialist with Depuy Synthes after the merger. I joined Globus Medical in 2016 as a Spine Specialist with the 4Spine distributorship in South Carolina.

What interested you most about joining the Globus team?

The people within the 4Spine distributorship were my personal draw to Globus. They were always extremely professional, well respected, and one of the best clinical support teams in our area. Even though we were fierce competitors for many years, at the core of everyone’s business was providing the best spinal implant solutions.

It was very clear that Globus Medical was the only company who constantly innovated, year after year. I wanted to be a part of the team. Though the Charleston market was essentially at max capacity with spine sales representatives, 4Spine hired me. The hospital systems that I covered supported my move and transition. It was a very difficult decision but one I do not regret. I joined the 4Spine team and they welcomed me with open arms. I can honestly say I truly felt a part of a stellar team. We all put the interest of the patient first. The respect toward each other and our teamwork were unmatched by any other company I had worked for.

My transition to the Sales Training department presented an opportunity for growth within the company. I wanted to use my experience to help others—especially those new to the spine world—cultivate their individual territories. I hoped to use my 14 years of experience in medical devices to add value to the department. I thoroughly enjoy working with sales individuals and hope my interest and support in their growth are sincerely well-received.

What are you most excited about with the future of the training team?

The future is bright for Globus Medical. We are constantly evaluating our course curriculum to improve the program. The training team continues to develop a comprehensive training platform that provides continuous education and offers the best clinical solution for surgeons and their patients.

I’m most excited for the integration of ExcelsiusGPS® with the Surgimap® infrastructure in our spine portfolio to advance the future of computer assisted surgery. I’m looking forward to the collaboration of the INR team and sales representatives to deliver excellent patient outcomes.

What is the best place you have traveled to and why?

I have traveled to many places within the United States and abroad. Each location includes great memories and is unique in its own way. However, it is the people I travel with who make it memorable. I love to travel with my family and friends. I really enjoy the excitement and mystery of what my family and I can explore.

Meet Margaret, a Research Engineer at Globus. Margaret is part of our Research and Development team who collaborates with surgeons in discovering innovative solutions for clinical problems to advance patient care.

A conversation with Margaret

What is your favorite project of your job?
In the Research department, we are always working on a variety of projects. Currently, my favorite project is our Animal Study which is looking at the effect of different implants and surface treatments on bone-implant osseointegration after a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). It is exciting to play a large role in such an extensive, preclinical research study with the potential to provide impactful data that supports our innovative technologies.

How is Globus working to advance patient care?
Globus’ commitment to innovation is one of the main ways Globus works to continuously advance patient care. The company is always striving to deliver innovative products that provide solutions for surgeons as well as improve the patient experience and clinical outcomes. The number of unique products that Globus provides is truly impressive. It is remarkable how this number continues to grow each year.

You are a Globus Women’s Network Board Member. What is your role and what are your expectations for the network?
My role on the GWN Board is VP of Finance. I oversee, record, and maintain all of the organization’s finances, as well as assist other Board members whenever extra help is needed. I am very grateful to be a part of the development of GWN and am excited to see the network grow and flourish. I expect GWN to foster the long-term success of women at Globus Medical by creating a supportive environment that encourages and inspires one another. GWN provides resources to bolster leadership abilities that help to contribute to our unparalleled development and delivery of innovative medical devices.

Do you have a favorite author/blog/book? What do you like best about it?
I am very passionate about health and fitness and follow a number of bloggers in that industry. It’s hard to pick just one, but a few of my favorites are Melissa Hartwig-Urban, the founder of “Whole30”; Alexis Joseph, founder of the food blog “Hummusapien”; and Alex Snodgrass, founder of the health and wellness blog “The Defined Dish.” I enjoy how these bloggers inspire healthy living while also showing it can be fun and easy!

Meet Josh, one of Globus’ electrical discharge machining (EDM) wire production technicians. As Globus strives to advance patient care through innovation, our production team is vital in delivering high-quality products. We rely on employees like Josh to uphold our standards in delivering innovative excellence.

A conversation with Josh

What is your role at Globus?
I maintain production within the wire EDM department. EDM is the manufacturing process where we obtain a desired shape by using electrical discharges or sparks. Whether it’s for production parts, new fixtures, or upcoming developments, I oversee a production schedule, certify precise measurements, and manage task completion in a timely manner.

What do you find the most challenging at Globus?
The most challenging aspect for me is programming. Programming for the wire EDM, or any machine, can be very tedious and takes discipline. Luckily, I have a phenomenal manager and supervisor who help me continuously strive for success. I’m still a beginner at programming, but I believe that the challenge is what makes me work hard to learn more.

What do you like most about working at Globus?
As a company and a team, we are helping people. There isn’t a better career than helping someone else. The fact that I help to produce a product that can advance patient care is an amazing feeling. There’s a lot of respect in Globus Medical and in the products that we deliver.

How is Globus advancing patient care?
Globus Medical is an international company that constantly produces new ideas and products for more than just spinal disorders. The company is always looking ahead to help create new technologies for people in need of musculoskeletal solutions.

What advice would you give to someone interested in joining Globus?
Take the steps to further your career by joining Globus Medical. Globus appreciates their employees and provides incredible opportunities to grow and learn new things. All members of the Globus Medical team have a deep admiration for what we develop and take pride in knowing what we do is always for the patient.