Graduation Year: 

B.S. Industrial Engineering ’81
Vice President, Operations &
Medtronic, Inc.
Mounds View, Minnesota


Elizabeth Hammack’s broad education at Oregon State in industrial engineering allowed her to contribute early in her career to complex manufacturing companies on issues related to productivity and workforce safety.

“My OSU education helped me become a better problem-solver,” says Hammack. “My engineering curriculum spanned many disciplines — mechanical, electrical, fluids, operations research, systems and mathematics — which significantly improved my problem-solving skills throughout my career.”

Since 1986, Hammack has been able to utilize her industrial engineering education to commercialize medical technology for novel new cardiovascular and vascular products across the globe, including at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Conceptus, and Heartport. Her experiences moved her closer to her responsibilities today with Medtronic, Inc., the world’s largest medical device company.

“I have led the commercialization activities such as manufacturing scale-up, supplier scale-up, product launch planning obsolescence management, product distribution network optimization and after-market servicing,” says Hammack. “I am very proud that I have been able to help millions of people restore their health, alleviate their pain and extend their lives.”