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John Bischof, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine;
Distinguished McKnight University Professor;
Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Paul Iaizzo, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Education and Outreach, Institute for Engineering in Medicine;
Director, Visible Heart Laboratory;
Theme Co-Chair, Cardiovascular Engineering;
Professor of Surgery


David Odde, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Development, Institute for Engineering in Medicine;
Theme Co-Chair, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering;
Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Victor Barocas, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Chair, Cardiovascular Engineering;
Distinguished Professor, Director of Graduate Studies of Biomedical Engineering


Wei Chen, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Chair, Medical and Biological Imaging;
Professor of Radiology


William Durfee, Ph.D.
Director, 3D Modeling and Printing Core
Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Stephen A. Engel, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Chair, Medical and Biomedical Imaging;
Professor of Psychology


Arthur Erdman, Ph.D.
Director, Medical Devices Center;
Theme Co-Chair, Medical Devices;
Richard C. Jordan Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Chair, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering;
Professor of Medicine


Christy Haynes, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Chair, Medical Devices;
Professor of Chemistry


Allison Hubel, Ph.D.
Director, Biopreservation Core Resource;
Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Kelvin Lim, M.D.
Theme Co-Chair, Neuroengineering;
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry;
Drs. T.J. and Ella M. Arneson Land-Grant Chair in Human Behavior


Jianping Wang, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Chair, Medical Devices;
Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Electrical
and Computer Engineering


Shu Chien, Ph.D.
Shu Chien is University Professor of Bioengineering & Medicine and Director of California Institute of Bioengineering in the University of California System. At UC San Diego, he is Y.C. Fung Professor of Bioengineering and Director of Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UCSD, where he was Founding Chair of Department of Bioengineering. He is a world leader in molecular, cellular and integrative studies on bioengineering and physiology in health and disease. His current research interests are mechanotransduction in endothelial cells in health and disease, and the role of microenvirnoment in modulating stem cell fate. He served as President of Microcirculatory Society, American Physiological Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, International Society of Biorheology, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. He is member of National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as Academia Sinica in Taiwan and Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Foreign Member). He has received numerous awards and honors, including Landis Award, Zweifach Award, Fahraeus Medal, Melville Medal (twice), Poiseuille Medal, and Founders Award of National Academy of Engineering. He is an Honorary Member of Chinese Association of Physiological Sciences and IEEE EMBS. In 2009, he received the Presidential Prize in Life Sciences in Taiwan. In 2011, he received from President Obama the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientists and engineers in USA.

Raphael Lee, M.D., Sc.D., FACS
Dr. Lee, a Paul S. and Allene T. Russell Professor at the University of Chicago, holds appointments in Surgery (Plastic), Medicine (Dermatology), Molecular Medicine, Translational Medicine and Organismal Biology & Anatomy (Biomechanics). He directs the Laboratory for Molecular Regeneration at the University. He is also a founder and Chairman, Board of Directors of Avocet Polymer Technologies, Inc., Renacyte BioMolecular Technologies, Inc., Electrokiinetic Signal Research and of Maroon Biotech, Inc. all of Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Lee is a surgeon and biomedical engineer. His professional research interests have focused on the effects of physical forces on tissue injury and healing processes, pharmaceutical control of scar formation, and reconstructive surgery. He completed general surgery residency at the University of Chicago and plastic surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. Dr. Lee's research group is recognized for characterizing basic aspects of the molecular biophysics of cell injuries caused by electrical shock, ionizing irradiation and thermal trauma. In 1992 Dr. Lee's laboratory developed a pharmaceutical method to restore structure and function to disrupted cell membranes using biocompatible surfactants copolymers resulting in a now widely validated new class of trauma therapeutics that for first time off promise to restore viability damaged tissue following severe injury such as motor vehicle accidents and military trauma. Most recently, his polymer research has been extended to develop synthetic chaperones to restore function to denatured and aggregated proteins which has broad implications in tissue preservation and thermal trauma. Clinically, Dr. Lee and his surgery residents were first to describe obturator sensate fasciocutaneous flaps for congenital and acquired perineal deformities.

Regularly listed in "America's Top Surgeons" by the Consumers' Research Council of America and US News & World Report, and earlier one of "America's brightest Scientists under the age of 40" by Science Digest, Dr. Lee has received more than 40 professional awards including being named a Schering Scholar (1978), MacArthur Prize Fellow (1981), a Searle Scholar (1985). He has been elected to membership into the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering (WHO), The National Academy of Engineering (USA) and to Fellowship in the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1981, he received the Coller Society Award for outstanding general surgery residents and in 1988, the James Barrett Brown Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons for "advancing knowledge in the field of Plastic Surgery"; In 1997 he was awarded the American Electrical Power Association Award for "Advancing Electrical Safety and Health".

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology and an Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Chief for the Division of Cognitive Neurology and the Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Pascual-Leone is a world leader in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation where his contributions span from technology development, through basic neurobiologic insights from animal studies and modeling approaches, to human proof-of-principle and multicenter clinical trials. His research has been fundamental in establishing the field of therapeutic brain stimulation. His work has provided evidence for the efficacy of noninvasive brain stimulation in treating various neurologic and psychiatric conditions, including epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson disease, chronic pain, autism, and drug-resistant depression.

Dr. Pascual-Leone has authored more than 600 scientific papers as well as several books, and is listed inventor in several patents. His work is highly regarded for its innovation and quality and is highly cited. Dr. Pascual-Leone ranks number 1 among authors worldwide in the specific field of "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation" and "Noninvasive Brain Stimulation" ( and has an H-index of 130.

Dr. Pascual-Leone is also one of the directors of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University (

Dr. Pascual-Leone is the recipient of several international honors and awards, including the Ramón y Cajal Award in Neuroscience (Spain), the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), and the Jean-Louis Signoret Prize from the Ipsen Foundation (France). He is an elected member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science (Farmacia).

P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D.
P. Hunter Peckham is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics; Distinguished University Professor; Executive Director, Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University; Senior Career Research Scientist and Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Cleveland FES Center of Excellence, in the Department of Veterans Affairs; and on the Bioscientific Staff at Metrohealth Medical Center.

The Institute for Functional Restoration, or IFR, at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) deploys neuroprosthetic interventions into clinical use to restore the functions lost due to spinal cord injury or other paralytic conditions. Under the leadership of Dr. Hunter Peckham, the IFR acts as the surrogate corporate partner for the neural technologies that have demonstrated feasible within the research programs. Dr. Peckham is also the Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Biomedical Research Partnership award which has led to the development of the Networked Neuroprosthesis.

The major area of Dr. Peckham's research is in rehabilitation engineering and neuroprostheses. Dr. Peckham's research effort focuses on functional restoration of the paralyzed upper extremity in individuals with spinal cord injury. He and collaborators developed a number of implantable neural prostheses which utilize electrical stimulation to control neuromuscular activation. They have implemented procedures to provide control upper extremity in individuals with tetraplegia, enabling individuals with central nervous system disability to regain the ability to perform essential activities of daily living. His present efforts concern technology development, expansion of the indications for this technology, and technology transfer.

Dr. Peckham is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering; a fellow and honorary member of the American Spinal Injury Association; member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Peckham received the Paul B. Magnuson Award, the highest honor for VA Rehabilitation Investigators. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University), Potsdam, NY, and his MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Tony Clinch
Vice President of Research and Development
3M Health Care Business Group

Tony Clinch leads Research and Development for 3M Health Care, one of five business groups that comprise 3M Co., a science-based company headquartered in St. Paul‚ Minnesota. Tony’s distinguished 32-year career at 3M began in the Corporate Research Process Lab (CRPL) where he worked on novel processes to make key materials including fluoropolymers, polyolefins and reactive graft blends. Tony earned four patents in this role and in 1995 he was recognized as Minnesota’s Young Chemical Engineer of the Year. Tony then managed a technical team in 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division (IATD) that developed new masking tapes with a patented, solvent-less process. While in IATD, Tony also earned his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt for project leadership.

Tony then led the Office Supplies Division laboratory as Technical Director where he championed a number of new products and sustainability efforts including the 2010 launch of Post-it® Greener Notes, which use an adhesive made from plant based materials. In 2012, Tony returned to CRPL as Technical Director to develop and implement the global strategic plan in 3M’s top process technologies and their application in new products and disruptive manufacturing processes. Tony also led the global lab for Abrasive Systems Division (3M’s oldest and one of the largest), where he was a champion for the expansion of 3M Cubitron™ abrasive products across 3M.

Tony earned his M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his B.S. in Chem. Eng. at Montana State University, where he also has served on the Engineering Advisory Board.

Douglas Daum, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research and Development for Electrophysiology
Boston Scientific

Douglas R. Daum is Vice President of Research and Development for Electrophysiology, Boston Scientific. Doug joined Boston Scientific (formerly Guidant) in 1998 and held various technical and managerial roles including Research Scientist, R&D Manager, R&D Director, and VP of Research.

Doug received his Ph.D. in Medical Engineering from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University. Doug has more than 50 patents granted by the US Patent Office and is the author of more than a dozen peer review publications in engineering and medical journals.

Timothy Denison, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research & Core Technology, Restorative Therapies Group

Tim Denison is a Technical Fellow at Medtronic PLC and Vice President of Research & Core Technology for the Restorative Therapies Group, where he helps oversee the design of next generation neural interface and algorithm technologies for the treatment of chronic neurological disease. In 2012, he was awarded membership to the Bakken Society, Medtronic’s highest technical and scientific honor, and in 2014 he was awarded the Wallin leadership award. In 2015, he was elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Tim received an A.B. in Physics from The University of Chicago, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He is currently in the process of completing his MBA at Booth, The University of Chicago.

Phil Ebeling
Sr. Vice President – Research and Development Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Franchises
St. Jude Medical

Philip J. Ebeling is the Sr. Vice President, Research and Development, Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology business franchises for St. Jude Medical. He has been with the company for 7 years.

Prior to joining St. Jude, he was both a Director - Program Management and Director - Process Development with Boston Scientific (SciMed) for 12 years, and a New Product Development Engineer with Rexam Flexible Packaging for 6 years.

He holds his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP 185) at Harvard Business School during the fall term of 2013.

He serves on several academic and other non-profit boards of directors both locally and nationally. Phil is a registered member of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI), and holds several domestic and foreign patents on medical device design and technology.

Tim Laske, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research and Business Development - AF Solutions

Tim Laske is currently the Vice President of Research and Business Development for the AF Solutions Business at Medtronic. He is a Medtronic Bakken Fellow and Technical Fellow and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. His previous roles at Medtronic include VP of Product Development for AF Solutions, Senior Product Development Director for Heart Valves, Senior Program Director for Transcatheter Valves, Technology Director for Cardiac Rhythm Therapy Delivery, and technology management and design engineering positions in Tachyarrhythmia Lead Development. Prior to his tenure at Medtronic, he worked as a Design Engineer at Ford Motor Company in Detroit in Crash Safety and Advanced Vehicle Systems Engineering.

He has a B.S. degree in both Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. His doctoral research was centered on the use of isolated working hearts in the design of medical devices (Visible Heart®). In addition to medical device design and cardiac physiology, his research interests include the study of hibernation physiology in wild black bear and brown bear populations. He is a founding member of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, has over 60 U.S. patents, and numerous publications in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Wildlife Biology/Ecology.

Shaye Mandle, J.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer
LifeScience Alley

Shaye Mandle has served as the President & CEO for LifeScience Alley since May 1, 2014. Previously, Mr. Mandle served as the Association’s Executive Vice President and COO and was responsible for aligning internal operations with organizational strategy and overseeing advocacy efforts and key external relationships. Prior to serving as Executive Vice President & COO, Mr. Mandle served as the Association’s Vice President of Government & Affiliate Relations.

Mr. Mandle has nearly 20 years of experience in government, the private sector and academia, leading organizations, public affairs and political activities. Prior to joining LifeScience Alley, Mr. Mandle served as the Executive Director of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, where he launched and oversaw the University Office of Technology Transfer and led the University’s corporate partnership, entrepreneurship and economic development programming. Mr. Mandle has also led business development and government affairs for the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a Fortune 500 company specializing in defense and homeland security technologies.

Mr. Mandle has served as the chief executive of two industry and economic development organizations, the East-West Corporate Corridor Association and the Illinois Coalition. He has extensive policy and political experience, having managed state and federal political campaigns and having served on the policy staff of former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. Mr. Mandle has a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Duquesne University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Randy Schiestl
Vice President, R&D, Global Technology
Boston Scientific

Randall L. Schiestl, PMP, is the Vice President, R&D, Global Technology at Boston Scientific Corporation where he leads a team of talented R&D engineers, scientists and technicians chartered to develop and sustain a broad family of minimally invasive medical devices. Specific responsibilities include: technology management; development systems, product design; computational analysis, packaging, labeling and sterilization engineering; university relationships, new product development facilities and labs; knowledge management; and sustaining engineering. He has global responsibility for building technical community, emerging market sourcing and managing R&D information systems across BSC. His engineering teams are located across multiple facilities both US and OUS.

Mr. Schiestl (Randy) has a BSME degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Science & Engineering, high distinction. He also holds MBA and Executive MBA degrees from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Randy has completed the Medical Technology Management mini-MBA at St Thomas University and is certified as a Project Management Professional. Work history includes Honeywell, Alliant Techsystems, and Boston Scientific with functional responsibilities in project and program management, product and process development, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, manufacturing management, supply chain, quality, information systems, test facilities, and operations.

Randy serves on multiple local and national industry advisory boards and consortiums including the Medical Devices Industry Consortium, the Medical Industry Leadership Institute, Heart Advisory Committee, AHA Twin Cities Board, Life Science Alley, FIRST Robotics and UMN Biomedical, Medical Device Center, Nanotechnology IABs. He received the 2011 UMAA Alumni Service Award from the University of Minnesota, College of Science & Engineering and the Design of Medical Devices Conference Award in 2012.

Stephanie Scott


Ken Rosen
Assistant Director


Qi Shao


Ashley Bernhardt
Graphic Design Intern


Austin Hegland
Marketing Intern


Nathaniel Witte
Clinical Immersion Program Intern