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STEM TALK – Dr. Virginia Counts of Medtronic
March 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for a STEM TALK with Dr. Virginia Counts, a Sr. Program Manager for Medtronic.
Time & Date: March 11, 2021 at 3:00pm CTClick Here to Register
Dr. Virginia Counts Bio
Alchemist • Strategist • Coach • Program Manager • Process Improvement Expert • STEM Advocate
I get joy out of organizing and creating strategies from ether, transforming chaos into order, and synthesizing disparate information.
These days, I am a Sr. Program Manager for Medtronic, where I manage teams across Operations groups manufacturing pacemakers, defibrillators, and associated leads. I work on the large, cross functional, super-visible, hairy projects that most others shy away from. My early career provided challenging work as a Project Engineer building and testing gas turbine engines in the Aerospace industry. I then spent a decade in process improvement; certified as a Lean Manufacturing Expert, and Six Sigma Master Blackbelt, helping teams improve processes and provide significant savings.
Passionate about getting more women in engineering, I am a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and spent a decade on the SWE Board of Directors culminating with the role of President in 2009. Recognized as one of the most “48 Intriguing Women of Arizona” in a book celebrating Arizona’s 100th anniversary as a state. Based on MDT’s Tempe Campus, I live in Phoenix and enjoy hiking nearby with my slightly neurotic but energetic miniature schnauzer, Princess Sophia.
- BSE, Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University
- MSE, Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University
- PhD, Sustainable Engineering, Arizona State University
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