Medtronic and Case Western Reserve Inspire Future Engineers
Perhaps the most visible sign of the growing relationship between Case Western Reserve University and Medtronic Corporation is the Medtronic Fellowship Program. Over the past five years, the Medtronic Foundation—the corporation's philanthropic arm—has provided support for 12 graduate fellows in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint department of the schools of engineering and medicine.
Medtronic's support of human capital development recognizes Case Western Reserve as a powerhouse for biomedical engineering, producing some of the highest quality graduates in the field—some of whom go on to become Medtronic employees.
"Medtronic fellowships are some of our most prestigious awards," says Jeffrey Duerk, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "First, they provide a tangible confirmation of the interconnection between our leading biomedical engineering educational program and one of the premier biomedical device companies. Secondly, they allow us to recruit and recognize the best and brightest students in our field and ensure that our diversity mission is realized."
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Medtronic currently employs almost 90 Case Western Reserve alumni, many of whom are graduates of the biomedical engineering program, which is heralded as one of the best in the nation in education and cutting-edge research.