Dr. Michael O’Connor, a 2006 graduate of the Master of Science in Project Management program, was recognized at UW-Platteville’s 2018 Homecoming as an Outstanding Alumni. The award honors alumni who contribute to and are recognized in their profession and community, and who are engaged with the university.
O’Connor is the Director Strategy and Project Management at Medtronic, Corporate Science & Technology and Innovation organization where he has worked for over 16 years. He was recently recognized with the 2018 Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation Project Management, 2018 Dr. Richard S. Alberg Distinguished Science and Technology Professional Award for his outstanding leadership in the development of medical device products, and 2017 Project Management Institute’s Educational Foundation Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management.
In addition to his involvement in professional project management organizations, O’Connor is active in his community, serving on his local City Community Park Board and volunteering for several organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America. He has stayed connected and involved with the university as an adjunct instructor for the Master of Science in Project Management program and as Vice President of the Distance Education Alumni Board.
“I want to pass along knowledge and advice to students that professors have given to me,” O’Connor said. “Giving back is important. I want to show my 14-year-old son that it’s good to give back and hopefully it will make an impact on him and he’ll want to give back as well.”