IEM Industry Fellows serve as ambassadors of medical technology companies to the University of Minnesota. They explore and pursue collaborative research initiatives, communicate industry needs to UMN faculty and UMN expertise to industry, and participate at IEM events.

IEM Industry Fellows are nominated by IEM faculty members who work closely with industry and are selected by IEM’s Executive Committee.


      Daniel Sigg, MD, Medtronic
      Maria Miller, W.L. Gore
      David Black, Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner
      Danny Gelfman, Medtronic


     Roxanne Gil, Engagement and Education Scout, Medtronic
     Farzad Azimpour, MD, V.P. of Strategic Innovation, Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences


     Riki Banerjee, Sr. Engineering Director, Therapy Delivery Systems - Neuromodulation, Synchron
     Daniel Carlson, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Recombinetics
     Kimberly A. Chaffin, PE, PhD, Sr. Distinguished Scientist, Technical  Fellow, Bakken Fellow, SSO, Science and Technology, Medtronic
     Quan Ni, VP Research and Clinical Affairs, Inspire Medical Systems
     Erika Ross, Director, R&D Applied Research, Abbott Neuromodulation, Abbott


      Dawn Bardot, PhD, Director, Cloud-based Service Technologies, Abiomed
      Mark Hjelle, Senior Product Line Manager, Heraeus Medical Components
      Adrienne Watson, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development, Recombinetics
      Heather Webb, Front End Innovation Manager, 3M


      Jesus A. Cabrera, MD, PhD, Senior Principal Architect, Smiths Medical
      Seb Giwa, PhD, Founder and Executive Chairman, Ossium Health
      Mark Palmer, MD, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, Medtronic
      Teresa A. Whitman, PhD, Senior Research Manager, Medtronic


     Sarah Ahlberg, PhD, Research Manager, Medtronic
     Michael Eggen, PhD, Principal Scientist, Medtronic
     Sean O’Neil, VP of Enterprise Architecture, Optum
     Patrick Parks, MD, PhD, Medical Director, 3M Critical and Chronic Care Solutions Division


      Ed Hedblom, PharmD, Director of Clinical Research, 3M
      Alexander Hill, PhD, Research Director, Medtronic
      Ken Merdan, Senior Research and Development Fellow, Boston Scientific
      Satish Ramadhyani, PhD, Technical Lead, Galil Medical
      Kemal Schankereli, CEO, Avalon Medical Ltd.


     Bruce Forsyth, PhD, Research Fellow, Boston Scientific
     Gary Leo Hansen, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs, RespirTech
     David M. Knapp, PhD, VP of Research and Development, Boston Scientific
     Jaydeep Kokate, PhD, Engineering Director, Boston Scientific
     SuPing Lyu, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, Medtronic
     Rick D. McVenes, Former Senior Director of Research and Technology, Medtronic
     Eric N. Rudie, Founder and CTO, Deneverx LLC
     Cynthia Thatcher Clague, PhD, Director, Resolution Medical

company & positions listed are those at the time of nomination