fbpx Michael O’Connor, PhD | University of Maryland Project Management

About Michael

Dr. O’Connor is an innovative medical device professional and project management world class expert, with over 37 years of project, program, and portfolio management experience.


Dr. O’Connor has established himself in the medical device industry and at Medtronic as a global leader in medical technology, alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for people with chronic conditions around the world. He is renowned as a Medtronic Global Technical Fellow, a Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow, an American Society for Quality Fellow, an Association for Project Management Fellow, and an American Academy of Project Management Fellow. Eager to bring increased growth, efficiencies, productivity, and value to each organization he assists. Additionally, he has found success as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Metropolitan State University, The College of St. Scholastica, Hennepin Technical College, and Century College.

He earned a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of St. Thomas in 2006, a Master of Science in Project Management, specializing in business, industry, life science and agriculture, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2006, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009. He completed his education at the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark School of Engineering in 2014, at which time he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering with a major in project management.

Dr. O’Connor is proud to have been presented with countless accolades. Some of his recent honors include the Project Management Institute Eric Jenett Award, Project Management Office Global Alliance Americas PMO Leader of the Year and World PMO Leader of the Year winner, American Society for Quality Hutchens Medal for Social Responsibility, the Fellow Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Project Management Award from the Project Management Institute Education Foundation, the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents Civic Steward Award from Metropolitan State University, and the Innovative Project Manager Award from the Dubai International Project Management Forum. He has maintained professional affiliation with scores of organizations, including the Project Management Institute, Association for Project Management, Biomedical Engineering Society, the Engineering Alliance of Minnesota, the International Council on Systems Engineering, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, the Minnesota Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Project Management. He attributes his success to the inspiring mentors with whom he has been fortunate enough to collaborate.


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