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Eric Mokelke, PhDResearch Scientist LeaderW.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Corrine Bahr Memorial Lecture
Abstract:This talk is going to be divided into three “chapters.” Chapter 1 is to introduce this group to W. L. Gore & Associates- a privately held company that has a revenue of over $4B. They are a materials science company focused on discovery, product innovation and rewarding careers for Associates. Gore combines industry expertise with product versatility to create solutions for the most challenging environments-from implants in the human body, to clothing worn on expeditions to Mt. Everest, to electronic cables transmitting signals from Mars. Chapter 2 will highlight my unlikely path from my undergraduate days here at the UW as a dietetics/nutrition major, through post-baccalaureate training to becoming an innovator at a highly innovative med-tech company. I’ll share some research discoveries made during this time which displays my modus operandi of taking things that don’t normally belong together, or noticing something intriguing or unique and connecting them into something novel. Finally, in Chapter 3, I’ll talk about a novel disease model that I helped to characterize and establish as a company and discuss a concept for a passive, device-based therapy for heart failure.
Corrine Bahr Memorial Lecture Series:Every year the biomedical engineering department at UW-Madison hosts an honorary speaker selected by the student community in memoir of one departments pioneers, Corrine Bahr. Corrine was the department’s administrator who was always characterized by her commitment to support both students and faculty who came from diverse places and cultures and making them feel like home here at Madison.
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