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The 2019 Engineering Manager of the Year!

Dr. Michael O’Connor

Director Strategy and Project Management, Medtronic 


ASEM is proud to announce the 2019 Engineering Manager of the Year, Dr. Michael O'Connor from Medtronic! Dr. O’Connor has made outstanding contributions to the engineering management profession through leadership, technical management, strategic management, and coaching / mentoring engineering managers.

At Medtronic he has supported leadership in science, technology, engineering and development of medical device products and the application of quality and project management tools for over 16 years, with 33 years in total in the medical device field. He is the co-author of six patents and has co-author various articles. Dr. O’Connor’s primary goal at Medtronic is to create an environment in the science, technology and engineering project team(s) that is free of roadblocks and issues. The objective is to bring out the passion of the technologist, engineer and project team to improve overall results. Dr. O’Connor is a Medtronic Technical Fellow, an American Society for Quality Fellow, and an American Academy of Project Management Fellow.

Dr. O’Connor completed his Ph.D. in Project Management at the University of Maryland, College Park and his dissertation is titled "Virtual and Collocated Project Teams Impact on Productivity in Medical Device Research and Development". He has been an adjunct professor of project management at the graduate level for over five years. Also, he has been a mentor and coach for many in the engineering management profession.

Dr. O’Connor has volunteered on many public and academic leadership boards. He is also a longtime volunteer for many different professional societies, has served on various committees including both professional and academic., and is currently on the PMI MN Board as a Director at large. He has been awarded the Kerzner Award for Project Management excellence and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management He is passionate about academic project management training and on the job project management learning.


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