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Hannah Dailey

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Position: Assistant Professor

Address: Packard Lab 556
19 Memorial Dr. West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4112

Areas of Research

  • Biomechanics
  • Medical Devices
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • Biomedical Image Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship


Hannah Dailey, Ph.D. is an experienced biomechanics research engineer and is currently an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University. Before joining the department, she was a postdoctoral research engineer in the Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) at the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland. Within this multidisciplinary academic and clinical research cluster, she was responsible for driving the technological development of a novel orthopedic trauma implant called the Flexible Axial Stimulation (FAST) Intramedullary Nail. Dr. Dailey oversaw all aspects of this project from conceptual ideation through a large-animal preclinical study and now serves as Chief Scientific Officer for OrthoXel, Ltd., the startup company that will commercialize the FAST Nail product pipeline.

Prior to her time overseas, Dr. Dailey earned her MS and PhD degrees from Lehigh University in 2006 and 2009 with research focused on respiratory biomechanics and the mechanics of biological cells. Her early career included a position at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in West Bethesda, MD, where she worked on computational fluid dynamics simulations of submarines.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics, Lehigh University, 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics, Lehigh University, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2002