R. Alastair Winn, a 1973 graduate of UCSB, will discuss how engineering and science skills gained at UCSB led to a 45-year career in biomedical engineering. There is much more to being an effective engineer than math and science. The presentation will address matters not normally taught in the academic world such as effective technical writing, interdisciplinary communication skills, why integrity matters and the myriad of regulations engineers face in the real world.
Bio: After graduating from UCSB in 1973 with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Engineering, Mr. Winn began his career with Heyer-Schulte Division of American Hospital Supply Corporation, a Goleta, CA based world leader in implantable devices for urology, neurology, general and cosmetic surgery. Between 1974 and 1980, Mr. Winn’s duties steadily expanded with American Hospital, a multinational medical and pharmaceutical products company with 25,000 employees. Combining the skills gained at UCSB and American Hospital, Mr. Winn became an entrepreneur in 1980 and focused on special medical grade silicone materials and related processing technologies for implantable medical devices. Since then, he has founded 7 successful companies in the biomedical field, most notably Applied Silicone Corporation where he was President and CEO for 27 years. Mr. Winn has been a member of the American Chemical Society for 43 years, has published several technical papers, has made presentations on behalf of customers to the FDA and has 14 US Patents issued or pending. Because of his experience and intimate knowledge of implantable medical device technology, Mr. Winn was a key witness in successfully defending medical device manufacturers in 16 jury trials. Mr. Winn merged his company, Applied Silicone Corporation, with Avantor/Nusil in 2015 and is semi-retired, but continues to pursue commercialization of innovative medical devices and his hobby of restoring historical houses in Santa Barbara.