Michael O’Connor

Director, Strategy and Project Management – Medtronic

2017 Recipient of PMI’s Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management

Enhancing Project Management Rigor for Innovation

I believe that everyone performs some type of project management in their day to day work activities. I am advocating that we take this to the next level at organizations and enhance our project management rigor to improve our innovation output and in the end produce devices, therapies and services to better serve our patients around the world. We know that project management positons will increase by nearly 20% in the United States over the next 10 years. We must be ready to improve the project management process to be ready for this increase.


O’Connor has over 26 years of professional experience in the Medical Device Industry. O'Connor received his B.A. and minor in Project Management from Metropolitan State University. He holds Graduate degrees in Project Management, Technology Management and Business Administration. O'Connor earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, majoring in Project Management, from the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James School of Engineering. In 2012, he was selected as an American Society for Quality (ASQ), Quality Fellow and in 2014 selected as a Medtronic, Technical Fellow. He has volunteered his time with many Professional Societies and Universities/Colleges. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member instructing Graduate level Project Management.


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