- Ph.D., Bioengineering, Syracuse University, 2016
- B.S., Bioengineering, Syracuse University, 2010
- Member, American Society for Testing and Materials, Committee F04 on Medical Devices
Dr. Ouellette has a broad range of expertise related to medical devices including design, failure and root cause analyses, material characterization, particle analysis, mechanical testing, metrology, and corrosion testing. He regularly supports clients across all stages of the product life cycle to evaluate and test their orthopedic, prosthetic, spine, combination, and craniomaxillofacial devices.
Dr. Ouellette's work at Exponent includes analysis of retrieved medical devices, and specifically identifying how biomechanical loading, implant design and materials factors combine with clinical and patient factors to lead to revision of implants. His analysis methodologies include surface characterization techniques such as scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, measurement of material loss from modular interfaces and articulating surfaces, and other material characterization techniques.
He is also an active member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and works with colleagues across the industry in standards development activities for orthopedic devices. He is an expert in fretting corrosion testing for metallic devices and regularly assesses the corrosion performance of metallic implants in the setting of pre-clinical testing. Finally, Dr. Ouellette is experienced in market research activities and has assisted clients in better understanding the competitive landscape, market drivers, and growth potential for their products and/or materials within the orthopedics space.
His prior research as a research assistant at Syracuse University included characterization of the fretting corrosion processes of modular tapers through unique test methods, development and evaluation of self- reinforced composite PEEK and UHMWPE materials, and study of the physical and mechanical properties of two-solution bone cements for use in spinal procedures.