MS Project Management alum named to prestigious AIMBE fellowship

Alumnus Dr. Michael O'Connor is inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.
Alumnus Dr. Michael O'Connor is inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumnus Dr. Michael O'Connor continues to add to his highly decorated resume. On March 27, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) inducted O'Connor into its College of Fellows.

According to AIMBE, induction to the College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. Members must make outstanding contributions to engineering and medicine research, practice, or education and pioneer new advancements in the field to be inducted. 

"I was very happy and honored about this induction into a very prestigious group. This is a peer-nominated, peer-reviewed and peer-elected honor. To be alongside many of my colleagues at Medtronic and others outside of Medtronic that are top in the medical device engineering field is very special," O'Connor said. "It means a lot as this is recognition is over 32-plus years of medical device engineering."

O'Connor is a 2006 graduate of the Master of Science in Project Management program and now teaches in the program as an adjunct professor. He currently serves as the senior research program director, project at Medtronic Corporate Science and Technology.

He said he continues to utilize the lessons learned in the project management master's program. "The UW-Platteville project management program provided a very good skill set to further improve my ability to develop and commercialize medical device products for patients," O'Connor added.

O'Connor's status in the industry is highlighted by the countless accolades he has received for his work. In just the past few years, he's earned the 2021 Eric Jenett Excellence Award from PMI®; the 2021 PMO Global Alliance, Individual Category PMO Leader of the Year Regional Winner and World Finalist; the 2020 American Society for Quality Hutchens Medal for Social Responsibility; and the 2019 American Society of Engineering Management Engineering Manager of the Year Award.

About the AIMBE College of Fellows

Fellows are among the most distinguished medical and biological engineers. Membership includes three Nobel Prize laureates, 17 Fellows who received the Presidential Medal of Science and/or Technology and Innovation, 205 also inducted to the National Academy of Engineering, 105 inducted to the National Academy of Medicine, and 43 inducted to the National Academy of Sciences.

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