People: MicroMed Cardiovascular Inc (MMCO.PK)
26 Oct 2011
Robert J. Benkowski was named the Chief Operating Officer in September 2006. Mr. Benkowski joined MicroMed Technology in August 1996 as its Director of Engineering and became its Vice President of Engineering in April 2000. In December 2005, Mr. Benkowski became Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations. Mr. Benkowski’s background is in aerospace with an expertise in Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing and Engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE). He worked on the engineering of the B-1, C-17 and the CAD integration of the International Space Station. He began working on the DeBakey VAD project in 1990, first while working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, then at Baylor College of Medicine as a member of Dr. DeBakey’s team. He is a co-inventor of the original NASA technology, our continuation-in-part patent, a pulsatile loop patent, a VAD controller patent, four suction detection and physiologic algorithm patent applications and a neonatal blood pump developed for another company. He has received numerous awards for his work in this area, including induction to the United States Space Foundation’s “Space Technology Hall of Fame,” the Sezai Innovative Research Award, Olsen-Medforte Clinical Award, and the NASA Commercial Invention of the Year award.
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