Industrial Advisory Board

The Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, BMED Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is a group of relevant industry representatives who provide an independent, industry-focused perspective to the administration, faculty and students of the BMED program.

The primary goal of the IAB is to continuously improve program effectiveness so that graduates are competitive in industry and that the program is a leader in educating future biomedical engineers. In order to achieve this, the IAB collaborates with the administration and faculty to provide input and recommendations on curriculum, strategic direction, current industry needs, emerging industries, and cutting-edge technological trends.

The IAB offers opportunities and advice to the students, advocates for the BMED program externally, and provides the department with support whenever requested.

To assist the department in maintaining the excellence of its biomedical engineering program and to encourage it to continue its traditional ‘hands-on’ approach to engineering education.

Help keep the Department up-to-date on current and future needs of graduates.

Assist the Department in developing and implementing its goals.

Create an opportunity for the Department’s faculty and administration to exchange ideas with people in industry.

Help industry leaders better understand the Department’s mission and assist the Department in seeking public and private support.

Meet the Board

Nicolle Cannon

Founder & CEO

Sidney Collin

CTO & Co-Founder

Mitra Cruz

Executive Director Manufacturing

Tim Geiser

Vice President, R&D

  • Field: Medtech, medical device, IVD, SaMD, pharmaceutical
  • Professional Interests: Support start-up medical device companies navigate quality and regulatory compliance during product development, pre-submission timing
  • Location: East Bay Area, CA
  • Phone: 925-315-7224
  • Field: Medical device development and commercialization
  • Professional Interests: Brain-computer interfacing, age tech, mobility tech
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Phone: 805-242-8015
  • Field: Medical devices 
  • Professional Interests: Catheters, structural heart, minimally invasive medical devices, product development, operations
  • Location: Irvine, CA
  • Phone: 949-250-5160

Andrew Hamel

Director of R&D

Jasper Jackson

Sr. R&D Director

Chris Jenney

Material Science Fellow

Brent Locsin

Engineering Director, Coronary & Renal Denervation

  • Field: Medical device development
  • Professional Interests: Materials, medical devices, rapid innovation, experimental design
  • Location: East Bay Area, CA
  • Phone: 510-673-5843
  • Field: Medical device development
  • Professional Interests: Materials, medical devices, rapid innovation, experimental design
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Phone: 661-585-1526
  • Field: Medical device development
  • Professional Interests: New product development, program management, combination devices
  • Location: San Francisco, CA

Chelsea O’Connell

Global Regulatory Policy Director

Rebecca Riegelsberger

Director Product Reliability & Field Investigation

Terri Smith

CEO & Founder

Mike Williamson

  • Field: Biotech, medical device
  • Professional Interests: Regulatory affairs, drug-device combination products, diagnostics, real-world evidence
  • Location: Ventura County, CA
  • Field: Molecular diagnostics
  • Professional Interests: DOE, product reliability, problem solving, investigations
  • Location: Bay Area, CA
  • Field: Medical device development, biotechnology, green tech, blue tech
  • Professional Interests: Product development, medical devices, enabling science, sustainability, conservation
  • Location: Silicon Valley, SF Bay Area, CA

Mike Yramategui

Fellow Regulatory Engineer

  • Field: Medical device development
  • Professional Interests: Medical devices, regulatory affairs, electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility
  • Location: San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley, CA