Peter C. Tortorici is a Medtronic Technical Fellow, and the Direct of Technology Development for the Active Implantable and Pumps (AIP) Engineering Group at Medtronic, located in Minneapolis, MN. He has been with Medtronic since 2001. He is currently leading a group developing manufacturing technologies for cardiac and neurological implantable medical devices. The group partners with manufacturing facilities and technology groups on roadmaps and device manufacturing strategies. He also collaborates with research, operations, and technology to drive common business objectives and business strategy.
Peter has held a variety of wide-spanning positions during his Medtronic career. He has been a microelectronics process engineer, the Medtronic corporate printed circuit board engineer, worked on lead-free and solder alloy development and reliability in addition to a microelectronics process development manager. He lead complex problem-solving teams at Medtronic, resulting in the development of a curricula which has been taught at the corporate level. His recent work has additive manufacturing of novel alloys for medical applications, in addition to the industrialization of augmented reality for operations use cases.
Prior to his career at Medtronic, Peter was a metal component program manager for the lighting division of General Electric and a microelectronics packaging engineer at Hewlett-Packard. He was a visiting research scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany and worked in the early development of Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets at General Motors during his Purdue Co-Operative Education experience in Anderson, Indiana. Dr. Tortorici also has instructed a ceramics engineering class at Arizona State University on an adjunct basis in 2019.
Dr. Tortorici holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. His Ph.D. graduate work focused on the diffusional interactions of molybdenum disilicide with metallic reinforcements for high temperature engine applications. His M.S. engineering work studied the diffusional interaction of austentic and ferritic cladding steels with metallic nuclear fuel fission products. He is a member of ASM International, The Materials Society (TMS), The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), SMTA, IMAPS and IPC. He holds two US Patents. He was awarded the Purdue outstanding Materials Engineer Award for his career in the medical device industry in 2020 and was inducted into the Purdue co-operative education hall of fame in 2019.