Alyse - Engineering Program Manager - Neuromodulation


Engineering Program Manager
Minneapolis, MN

Describe a typical day in your position.

A typical day may include planning and leading a meeting, updating project schedules and budget forecasts, and reviewing and approving documentation. A typical day may also include a meeting with a supplier regarding opportunities to increase yields, speaking with a physician during a visit to Medtronic, or riding along with a sales representative to meet physicians and patients to gain insights on product use and procedures as well as discuss product enhancement opportunities. During a typical day I have conversations with everyone from engineers to senior management, as well as team members from across the globe ranging from Western Europe to Latin America to Japan answering questions and collaborating on innovative products.

Why do you enjoy working at Medtronic?

I enjoy the collaborative, innovative culture and individuals that I work with in Neuromodulation. I appreciate the diversity of thought on my teams as well as belief in the mission that resonates with every employee, ensuring the highest quality products are designed, tested and sold in the marketplace. I also enjoy working at Medtronic because of the company's support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. From partnering with local high schools and universities to offer internships to holding an annual innovation week with a poster session, technology village and family night, Medtronic is nurturing the current and next generation of engineers and scientists.

What do you love about your job?

My job is extremely rewarding because my teams create devices that assist in restoring health, alleviating pain and extending life in patients around the world. I also appreciate the opportunity to continue to learn and develop with education through Medtronic University, mentoring and on-the-job experiences. My Medtronic travels have taken me across the world to attend conferences, partner with physicians and work with colleagues in Medtronic's European Operations Center and the Bakken Research Center in the Netherlands.

Do you have any professional affiliations?

I am currently serving as president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The Board of Directors and I have the privilege of continuing to carry out the Society's mission: stimulating women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrating the value of diversity. By providing scholarships, outreach, networking and training opportunities, SWE is a driving force to promote and create a diverse workforce for a more innovative workplace. I am delighted that SWE's mission and vision correspond with Medtronic's mission and traits, and that Medtronic has measureable annual diversity and inclusion goals, employee resource groups as well as award programs to increase diversity awareness and create a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees.

What are your greatest accomplishments?

While my greatest personal accomplishments are my marriage and two children, my greatest professional accomplishments are developing and launching several medical devices to improve patients' health around the globe, as well as my patents and pending patents for the device technology. I am also proud to serve as a role model, mentor and coach to girls and women as the 50th president of the Society of Women Engineers. Throughout my SWE career, I have been blessed to serve as a face of engineering, recognize women for their engineering accomplishments, and encourage girls and women to pursue engineering careers through outreach activities, networking events and professional development conferences.

How do you give back?

While I have volunteered and participated in a variety of activities such as serving as a judge at regional science fairs, participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, the Heart walk and Feed My Starving Children events, and serving as a leader for Medtronic's Technical Forum, I find the most rewarding volunteer experiences with youth interested in STEM careers. I frequently have high school or college women shadow me and other Medtronic women engineers to better understand the depth and breadth of an engineering career. I also enjoy speaking at local high schools about engineering fields and the lifetime of opportunity an engineering career would provide them.