Monthly Archives: May 2012

ECE/Chemistry Grad Guides You Through U.S. Parks

Mike Oswald

After two years of exploring 48 of America’s 58 national parks, Mike Oswald has published his findings in “Your Guide to the National Parks.”

Oswald’s travels to the four corners of the Continental U.S. visiting everything from Shenandoah to the Everglades to Saguaro to Yellowstone to Yosemite included many nights sleeping in his car or tent. Read more…

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Field Reports: Maurice Snyder on Helping U.S. Businesses Grow Internationally

Maurice Snyder

Madison is very memorable to my wife Miriam and I since both our children, John and Lucy, were born there. When I earned my PhD in 1969 in bioengineering, one possibility was to do research and/or teaching.

However, my first job was in business development at Electronic Associates in New Jersey. This company supplied real-time simulation computer systems similar to those I used for my PhD research in cardiovascular blood pressures and flows—a state-of-the-art computer at that time for all real-time simulations. My advisor, (the late) Electrical Engineering Professor Vincent Rideout, was the driving force to secure NSF funding for this real-time computer lab, the largest such lab at any U.S. university.


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BME Alum to Lead New Investments for Michigan Venture Capital Firm

Kristin Myers

Kristin Myers was on a fast career track. Just 31, she has a biomedical-engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; spent five years in engineering, marketing and sales for the cardiac rhythm management division of the medical device giant Medtronic; got her MBA from Harvard University; and spent four years at the Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm of Skyline Ventures, where she did due diligence on potential investments, served on the board of directors of several portfolio companies and made partner.

She made jaws drop when she announced she was leaving Palo Alto for Ann Arbor and Arboretum Ventures LLC — which this morning will announce that it has hired her as principal to lead new investments from the VC firm’s newest fund, Arboretum Ventures III, which was planned at $125 million but ended up being oversubscribed at $140 million when it closed fundraising last August.

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