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Engineers: Practical Application of Project Management Principles

When: Wednesday, June 12 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm 
Where: Room 45 - Team Development Track
Level: Beginner
Participant Type: Research & Development, Product Development, Quality Control, Regulatory/Clinical Affairs, Manufacturing




Predictability throughout the commercialization chain is critical to allow manufacturers to speed products to market and gain share within the growing orthopedic industry. As an engineer, your technical and regulatory expertise will be overshadowed if you cannot properly plan and execute a project. One skill every engineer must learn and hone is project management. Start with the steps shared in this must-attend session.

Attendee Takeaways

  • Understand the importance of forward thinking in the design and development process
  • Determine how to evaluate, predict, account for and document risk
  • Learn estimation techniques that drive predictability


Chris McDade is Senior Project Manager with DePuy Synthes Trauma, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies. He has spent 17 years of his career in the medical device industry, including engineering positions within manufacturing, quality, research and development and project management. Mr. McDade has utilized a hands-on approach to launch and support numerous Class I, II and III medical devices, including catheter introducers, resorbable biomaterials and titanium/stainless steel implants and instruments. He received a BS in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania State University, and he is a certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute.


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