Alaina Headrick


What is your role at Dropworks and what do you do?

I am a Research Engineer at Dropworks on the R&D team and often collaborate cross-functionally with the engineering and design teams as well. As a research engineer, I design improvements to components and fluidics within the Continuum system. An additional major focus of my work is leading the development of new and improved testing methods for one of our instrument’s primary sub-systems. In working closely with our systems engineers and scientists, I work to ensure that we are approaching problems with a holistic and system-level methodology.

Why did you decide to work at Dropworks?

Coming from a Biomedical Engineering background, I have a diverse skillset and passion for biochemistry, assay and experimental development, systems engineering, and engineering design. I am thrilled Dropworks allows me to utilize these diverse skills to support the growth and success of a product that I truly believe can and will help our community.

What do you find to be the best part about working with Dropworks?

The community and people of Dropworks are some of the most supportive, joyful, and collaborative people that I have had the opportunity to work with. It is clear that everyone honestly cares about not only your success, but your well-being, personal and professional growth, and readily reaches out to help. I love being able to contribute to a community like this and am so thankful to have found it!   

What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to know about you?

While some of my colleagues may not be surprised to know about this because of my constant humming, I am a singer! I sing for the Colorado Symphony Chorus and have sung with the New York Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and once performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC! Some of my favorite singing memories were performing a piece with Jeremy Irons, the voice actor of Scar from the Lion King, as the speaker (yes, his voice is as intimidating in person) and performing on the streets of Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of Mozart.