Judging of each year's MDEA competition is conducted by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of expert jurors—comprised of a balance of clinicians, engineers, and designers—who carefully review all of the submissions and narrow them down to a select group of exceptional products in each of the 10 Medtech categories. The jury panel typically encompasses medtech professionals from a wide range of healthcare and design related fields, including clinical practice, biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, manufacturing, and other areas.
Members of the MDEA jury are selected each year by a panel of editors from UBM. Such independence and impartiality is a leading reason for the industry wide acceptance and success that the MDEA program has enjoyed. MDEA jurors—past and present—have set a high standard for judging excellence and fair competition.
Meet the 2017 MDEA Jurors. Please check back as we update with new jurors.
Carmen Chacon, senior human factors and industrial designer for StarFish Medical in Vancouver, BC, is a medical design consultant with more than 25 years of experience designing diagnostic, surgical, and drug-delivery systems. She has worked on interdisciplinary teams to create innovative devices in startups and Fortune 50 companies alike. To each project, Chacon brings her expertise in usability, ergonomics, and human factors, providing a holistic approach to research and development of medical systems that are safe and effective. Chacon has developed ophthalmic equipment for newborns, wearable devices for cardiac patients, and minimally invasive surgical devices. She strives to bridge technology and usability in the user-centered design approach. Prior to focusing on medical device design, Chacon designed consumer electronics devices. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Washington.
William E. Cohn, MD
William E. Cohn, MD, is a vice president of medical devices and director of the Center of Device Innovation in Houston, TX, at Johnson & Johnson. He is also a professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of bioengineering at both Rice University and the University of Houston. Cohn's major research interests include the development of new technology for decreasing the invasiveness of cardiac and vascular surgery and development of the continuous-flow totally implantable artificial heart. In 2011, he and Dr. O. H. Frazier successfully implanted the first pulseless total heart replacement device in a human patient.
David Copeland is a director of human factors industrial design at Ximedica, leading and advising a multi-disciplined team made up of industrial designers, user interface experts, and usability specialists. The group collaborates to understand user needs and design inputs to create and develop product solutions that provide excellent usability solutions within highly technical products. Copeland and his team employ a user-centered process, working to uncover and integrate all the requirements a user needs to have a product represent. They champion these inputs within the product design and development process, working to ensure a device's fit with the user is as resolved as its function. Copeland's role as director of HFID allows him to gain perspective over all facets of the design and development process to deliver integrated and holistic product solutions to Ximedica's clientele.
Ross I. Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTropMed, FACEP
Ross I. Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTropMed, FACEP, is president and CEO of Critical Innovations LLC, a medical device research and development company focused on cutting-edge solutions to health threats spanning pre-hospital, hospital, and military environments. He is also an associate professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology in the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Triple-boarded in emergency medicine, emergency medical services, and clinical informatics, Donaldson has been the principal investigator on $20 million dollars' worth of grants, with research focusing on emergency, critical, and trauma care. He is also the creator of WikEM, one of the world's most popular emergency medicine mobile applications and inventor of several medical device technologies. Donaldson has been featured as an expert on CNN, BBC, NPR, and other media outlets, and has been an invited speaker at close to 100 national and international conferences, including Medical Design & Manufacturing, Department of Defense, and various think tanks. He has worked around the globe, frequently in areas of conflict and recent disaster, and been the lead architect of national emergency care plans in several countries. For five years in Iraq alone, he led the instruction of more than 10,000 surgeons, physicians, EMTs, nurses, and community members, while spearheading the development of pre-hospital and hospital-based emergency and trauma systems for the country. Donaldson has worked for more than a decade at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, one of Los Angeles's main Level I trauma centers, where he serves as the director of the Emergency Medicine Global Health Program. He is also the critically acclaimed author of The Lassa Ward, a memoir about international humanitarian work and, among other honors, a recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Arthur G. Erdman, P.E.
Arthur G. Erdman, P.E., is the Richard C. Jordan professor and a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, specializing in mechanical design, bioengineering, and product design. In July 2007, he was selected as the director of the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota and is also the co-editor of the ASME Journal of Medical Devices. He received his BS degree at Rutgers University, and his MS and PhD at RPI. Erdman has published more than 370 technical papers, three books, is co-inventor on over 45 patents, and shares with his former students nine Best Paper Awards at international conferences. He has had research collaborations with numerous health sciences faculty, including those in ophthalmology, neuroscience, epidemiology, cardiology, urology, orthopedics, surgery, dentistry, otolaryngology, veterinary medicine, and sports biomechanics. Erdman has consulted at more than 50 companies in mechanical, biomedical, and product design, including Xerox, 3M, Andersen Windows, Proctor and Gamble, HP, Rollerblade, Sulzer Medica, St. Jude Medical, and Yamaha. He has received awards including the ASME Machine Design Award, the ASME Outstanding Design Educator Award, and the University of Minnesota Outstanding Service Award. Erdman is a fellow of ASME and a founding fellow of AIMBE. Erdman has served as chair of the publications committee, the design division, and the bioengineering divisions of ASME. He has also been the Chair of 15 Design of Medical Devices Conferences, which are held next to the University of Minnesota each April. In April 2013, he received the Academy of Medical Device Innovators Award from the University of Minnesota and the Institute for Engineering for Medicine. Erdman was selected as a "Titan of Technology” in the Technology Advocate category in October 2014 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2017, he received the ASME Savio L-Y Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal for "translating meritorious bioengineering science to clinical practice through research, education, professional development, and with service to the bioengineering community."
Adam Jacobs is a senior-level technology leader with proven success in R&D, medical device development, and driving product innovation. Before joining Sunrise Labs, he was executive director of engineering at KMC Systems and vice president, R&D, for Datascope, MELA Sciences, and JADS Technologies. Jacobs has brought three startup companies to successful liquidity events. He has developed many novel technologies, including in-vivo and in vitro diagnostics, optical and imaging systems automation, signal processing, classifiers, and precision mechanics. Jacobs has broad experience at a systems level, with the technical acumen to solve difficult problems, while bridging the technical elements in complex R&D projects with business, operational and user needs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and studied graduate computer science at Stanford University.
Dr. Daniel Kosoy
Dr. Daniel Kosoy joined Athenian Venture Partners in 1999 as a senior biomedical venture consultant and became a partner of the firm in 2000. He has 17 years of experience in venture capital focusing on healthcare, including biotechnology, bio and specialty pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics. Kosoy participates as an observer on the board of Aerpio Therapeutics, and previously served on the boards of Akebia Therapeutics, Baxano Corp., LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, Archemix Corp., Brexys, Verus Pharmaceuticals, and CancerVax Corporation. Prior to joining Athenian, Kosoy worked at Scientific Generics in Cambridge, England, where he gained experience as a biomedical technology consultant working with small and large biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Earlier in his career, Kosoy trained in Canada and the United States as a physician and surgeon, specializing in transplant surgery. He has been in medicine for over 26 years and continues to practice transplant surgery in his home state of California, where he holds a state medical license. Kosoy is a member of the surgical staff and transplant team at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Kosoy earned a BA degree, cum laude, in philosophy, with studies in molecular biology from Yale University, followed by his Medical Doctorate from McGill University in Canada. He is an avid downhill skier and wilderness camper and successfully completed two Iron Man triathlons.
Dr. Allan Rozenberg
Dr. Allan Rozenberg, senior program manager at BioTelemetry Technology, has more than 25 years of experience in the research and development of biomedical instrumentation used in the monitoring, testing, and delivering of therapy to critically ill patients. He formerly served as the chief operating officer of BeneChill Inc., where he built the company from idea through commercialization of its award-winning RhinoChill technology. Prior to that, Rozenberg was director of biomedical engineering at Metracor Technologies as well as a principal scientist at Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp., where he worked on devices for liquid ventilation and pulmonary delivery of perfluorocarbons. He is the inventor on more than 30 patents. Rozenberg holds a BA degree in biomedical statistics, an MS in health informatics, and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Mary Kay Smith
Dr. Mary Kay Smith serves as the director of the Learning and Assessment Center at Michigan State University, which is an interprofessional simulation center for healthcare education serving the Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, in addition to multiple graduate medical education and hospital-based clinical education programs. She has integrated simulation methodologies such as immersive human patients, standardized patients, in situ, hybrid, web-based, and virtual situated in social media in academic and institutional settings since 1990. Her clinical experience includes emergency, ICU/CCU, and cardiac stepdown. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Saginaw Valley State University, Master’s degree in nursing education from Michigan State University (MSU), and doctorate in higher adult and lifelong education also at MSU. Her research is focused on interprofessional education in nursing and medicine. Smith has multiple collaborations with medical device and packaging companies and was awarded the MSU Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scholarship for her work with the School of Packaging.
Giridhar Thiagarajan, PhD
Giridhar Thiagarajan, PhD, is an R&D Engineer at Bard Access Systems Inc., a medical device company located in Salt Lake City. In his current position Thiagarajan is responsible for design and development of various products that address significant clinical needs such as device infections and device associated thrombosis. Thiagarajan is an avid inventor with multiple patents and trade secrets on key product lines. He received his PhD from the University of Utah in biomedical engineering with a focus on biomaterials. His graduate work focused on developing polymer-based drug-delivery vehicles for oral dosage. Thiagarajan's research has been widely published in international journals with over 400 citations. He has also given talks at various international conference including Controlled Release Society and Biomedical Engineering Society meetings. Prior to that, Thiagarajan received his bachelor's education in biotechnology from Anna University in South India. He currently serves as the editor for a special theme issue in the journal Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews titled "Drug Device Combinations." This is his second year serving as a juror for the Medical Device Excellence Awards, and he was a speaker at the 2016 Medical Device & Manufacturing (MD&M) East conference and Opal Medical Device Summit 2017. Thiagarajan has also served as the chair and vice-chair of the Mountain West Biomedical Engineering Conference.
Michael Wiklund serves as general manager of the human factors engineering (HFE) practice at UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Previously, he ran his own HFE consulting firm (Wiklund Research & Design), which UL acquired in 2012. Wiklund has more than 30 years of experience in human factors engineering, much of which has focused on medical technology development, and specifically the optimization of hardware and software users interfaces as well as accompanying learning tools (e.g., user manuals, quick reference guides, online tutorials). He is a certified human factors specialist and licensed professional engineer. His books on HFE include Usability Testing of Medical Devices, Medical Device Use Error – Root Cause Analysis, and Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design. He is one of the primary authors of today's most pertinent standards and guidelines on human factors engineering of medical devices: AAMI HE75 and IEC 62366 (Parts 1 and 2). In additional to leading UL's HFE practice, he is a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University.
Stephen Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA
Stephen Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA, is a principal and the founder of Design Science (Philadelphia), a 40-person consultancy that specializes in optimizing the usability and safety of healthcare-related products for clients that include many of the largest manufacturers worldwide (e.g., J&J, Baxter, Medtronic, Fresenius, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, BD, Otsuka, Merck, and Novartis). Wilcox is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) Academy of Fellows. He served for several years as chair of the IDSA Human Factors Professional Interest Section. Wilcox serves on the advisory boards of the Industrial Design Department of Philadelphia University and the School of Design of Carnegie Mellon University, the Human Factors Engineering and Home Use Environment committees of AAMI, on the ISO/IEC committee (“Working Group 4”) that wrote the medical device human factors standard IEC/ISO 62366, and on the editorial board of Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry. He holds a BS in psychology and anthropology from Tulane University, a PhD in experimental psychology from Penn State, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has won a number of design awards, has guest edited the journal Innovation several times, has served as a judge for a number of product design award competitions, and has chaired the national IDSA Design Conference and the London-based Include Conference on Inclusive Design. Wilcox has given hundreds of invited addresses to various organizations, has published more than 70 articles in professional journals, and is the current editor-in-chief of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society journal, Ergonomics in Design. His book, Designing Usability into Medical Products (CRC/Taylor & Francis), co-authored with Michael Wiklund, was published in 2005.