Principal R&D Engineer, Medtronic (2011-2013)
Senior R&D Engineer, Medtronic (2009-2011)
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota (2009)
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University (2005)
Eric Richardson brings valuable interdisciplinary industry experience in biomedical engineering research and product development to his role as lecturer at Rice University.
Richardson directs the new Global Medical Innovation (GMI) track in Rice's Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.) program, and is an instructor and mentor for undergraduate project-based engineering design courses at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK). The courses draw from his experience in researching a medical need, investigating biomedical technologies that address that need, and systematically developing and bringing biomedical products to the market. His particular interests include developing medical technologies for global settings. In 2015, he helped launch TMC Biodesign, a fellowship program that offers design thinking, product development and venture formation curriculum and mentorship for medical device startups. Currently, Richardson serves as an adviser to the TMC Biodesign program, which is part of the TMC Innovation Institute.
In addition to educating and guiding students through the process of product development and implementation, Richardson builds programs in education, training and professional development for Rice’s professional master’s program in bioengineering. These programs are leveraged through growing ties with industry and government, institutes of the Texas Medical Center, and Rice University research centers and institutes, such as the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance), OEDK, and Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technology. Richardson's exceptional efforts in instructional design and course management have been recognized through the Department of Bioengineering's Teaching Award (2014).
Through his doctoral studies in biomedical engineering with Paul Laizzo, professor of surgery, and integrative biology and physiology at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, and as a scientist and R&D engineer at Medtronic, Richardson has nine years of experience in translational research focused on cardiovascular medical device design and cardiovascular combination therapies. Results of his graduate and industry work have led to three patent applications, authorship or co-authorship of 11 peer-reviewed publications and four book chapters.
Prior to joining Rice in 2013, he was a senior and principal R&D engineer at Medtronic Heart Valves and member of the company’s Leadership Development Program. There he worked on CoreValve, one of the world’s first transcatheter aortic valves, which has been implanted in over 40,000 patients. He also led a project team of more than 30 engineers, scientists and technicians to develop a second-generation transcatheter tissue heart valve, the CoreValve Evolut R, which is now undergoing clinical trials.