Kalyani Mallela is director of research and development (R&D) for Johnson & Johnson within its Robotics and Digital Solutions group, leading instrument development, providing solutions to improve outcomes across a broad range of disease states. She has extensive medical device industry experience working on Class I, Class II, and Class III products, within R&D, quality, and regulatory functions. A people-centric leader, Mallela is known for building high-performing teams through developing an inclusive culture and focusing on talent development, mentorship, and coaching. She holds master’s degrees in management of technology and electrical engineering, both from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
She is a diversity and inclusion (D&I) sponsor in the workplace for initiatives to build skills within all engineering levels in R&D to enable recruitment and retention of diverse talent, focusing on leveraging diverse viewpoints and creating an inclusive culture to drive innovation and speed to market. She also sponsors initiatives to recruit diverse talent.
Mallela is an active SWE life member who has held multiple leadership roles at all levels of the Society, including section president, senator, Society awards and recognition committee chair, and Society nominating committee member.
She was named a SWE Distinguished New Engineer in 2015. The previous year, Mallela was recognized as one of DiscoverE’s New Faces of Engineering. She has also received The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Award, an honor that recognizes exemplary women in the manufacturing industry.
Mallela inspires children, students, and professionals to be engaged in STEM, through mentoring and being a champion, both at her workplace and for future engineers.