Director of Sensor Research and Development
I enjoy the challenge of creating the next new product to help make patients' lives better, and then leading a great team of people that work on the 'front lines' to make that happen.
I am passionate about innovation. It is challenging, exciting, and requires creativity, diligence, and perseverance. Medtronic has been supportive of both short-term and long-term innovation.
The most challenging aspect of the job is shouldering the responsibility for the products that we create for people in need, within budget and time constraints.
I love science and engineering – so I give talks to encourage the next generation in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, from elementary school to college-level students.
Southern California is a pretty unbeatable location for activities, and of course the weather. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which was cloudy or partly cloudy 300 days of the year – so moving to Los Angeles area brought the sunshine, beaches, and Disneyland!
In graduate school, I had a part-time job as a biomedical engineer for a hospital in Pittsburgh, in which I assisted with inter-hospital emergency air transport (helicopters, Learjets) of patients on cardiac assist devices.
While your academic skills are important to the job, outside activities are important too. Especially for innovation – diverse interests and backgrounds can spawn winning ideas that may seem unconventional.
I couldn't do what I do without my family's support, and I am just as supportive of them. I have three girls – one in high school, one in middle school, and a first grader. I love watching my kids grow up, with each of the phases of their lives, and their incredibly diverse interests.