Spring 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series
Date: February 13, 2015
Time: 10:00am- 11:00am
Location: 431 Stearns Center
Dr. O’Connor has 25+ years of experience in the medical device, aviation security and semiconductor industries, guiding/driving marketing, design/development, and program management of cost-effective, complex production equipment. He has led organizations during breakthrough technological/marketing changes and through overall product life cycles; has 10 U.S. patents issued, 8 pending, and is an invited presenter at technical conferences worldwide.
As Chief Technology Officer at Analogic Corporation, Dr. O’Connor led the advanced technology development and intellectual property generation, and the discovery/nurture of disruptive technologies from academia and industry. He brought a unique handheld ultrasound device and multi-modality surgical guidance systems to market, and partnered with business development to evaluate/complete due diligence of new opportunities. As VP of Engineering, he guided 400+ engineering professionals worldwide in the development of complex CT for medical/aviation security, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, DNA analysis and controls systems; was part of the senior team developing/implementing strategic direction; and implemented staff development programs.
Before, Dr. O’Connor worked at Boston Scientific as General Manager of Endovations, leading development of the industry’s first single-use endoscopic system, and accomplishing program development positioning for successful regulatory approvals/commercialization. He transitioned to head of strategic planning to evaluate/recommend options for the platform’s future applications.
At Genus, Inc., which he joined as Principal Staff Physicist, Dr. O’Connor successfully transitioned from technical to marketing management. He joined Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates in 1998 as Strategic Marketing Manager.
Dr. O’Connor holds an AB in Physics and Mathematics, Magna cum Laude, from the College of the Holy Cross (where he was a scholar/athlete) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University.