Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
College of Science and Engineering, October 6, 2016
Bruce H. KenKnight received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering (1984), a master’s (1990), and a Ph.D. (1997) in biomedical engineering in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Described as an extraordinary pioneer and scholar,KenKnight is the vice president of Emerging Therapies, Cyberonics, Inc. He has spent the majority of his career in the medical device industry, focused on cardiac devices. Prior to Cyberonics, he served as research director at Guidant, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Valtech Cardio. He is the inventor or co-inventor on approximately 150 patents in this area and authored or co-authored 50 peer-reviewed publications related to this same area. He has coauthored seven peer-reviewed research publications since 2013 on paradigm-shifting approach to heart failure management. He has served as an adjunct professor at three universities, including the University of Minnesota for 15 years. He sits on numerous boards at six different universities, five at the University of Minnesota. In addition, KenKnight has been continuously involved with FIRST Robotics for nearly 10 years as judge, advisor, and coordinator.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.