A celebrated figure in the field of physics, David Flinchbaugh, Ph.D., has accrued more than 60 years of professional experience in his industry. Currently the president of Medtronic since 2012, Dr. Flinchbaugh has simultaneously been the chief executive officer of Advanced Medical Innovations, LLC, in Orlando, Fla., since 2009.
In preparation for his lauded career, Dr. Flinchbaugh sought formal education in his youth, first obtaining a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics at Union College in 1957, followed by coursework in atomic physics at the Case Institute of Technology between 1957 and 1959. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in physics at the University of Connecticut in 1960 and 1964, respectively. He went on to complete further coursework in computer geodatabase management at Harvard University in 1979.
A registered professional engineer in the states of Pennsylvania and Florida, Dr. Flinchbaugh has accomplished astounding feats throughout the course of his career. In 1988, he invented the UroCycler Automatic Bladder Management System, and in 1960, he invented the ROSA Westinghouse’s first successful nuclear service robot. He additionally holds several patents in the field, including 12 U.S. patents and 24 international patents.
The author and co-author of seven books in the Library of Congress and contributor of more than 30 articles in technical journals and magazines, Dr. Flinchbaugh has been recognized by numerous organizations for his exceptional achievements. He has been named Florida Inventor of the Year by the Palm Beach Society of American Inventors every year since 1986, and most recently, he was honored with the SME Award of Merit for Engineering Professionalism in the Community in 2018. Notably, he was presented with the George McClure Citation of Honor by the IEEE in 2016, among countless other honors and accolades.
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