Dr. Richard Fortier
|School: Schaefer School of Engineering & Science|
|Department: Mechanical Engineering|
|Program: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Engineering|
Richard Fortier is an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science. Richard has more than 26 years of experience in R&D and product development. This experience spans medical devices, automation systems and special machinery, nuclear power plant design, aerospace guidance systems and academia. Richard’s most recent position in industry has been that of Chief Technology Officer with TDC Medical, a privately held full service provider of medical device design, product development and manufacturing. He is presently a consultant for the company.
He has worked on and directed medical device programs in many areas, including gastrointestinal, vascular, cardiology and orthopedics, and he holds several U.S and foreign device patents in these areas. Before joining TDC Medical, he was Senior Director of Product Development at MediSpectra, a venture backed company, where he led the development of a non-contact optical instrument for the detection of cervical cancer. Prior to this, Richard was Engineering Director & Director of New Product Development at MedSource Technologies (previously ACT Medical), another full service provider of medical device development.
Preceding ACT Medical, Richard was Vice President of Engineering for AXIS USA, where he played a pivotal role in starting this division of an Italian parent company and led the development of sophisticated automation systems. Other positions include Director of Mechanical Engineering at Cabot Corporation’s Engineering Division, Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Stone & Webster, Research Associate at AC Electronics Division of General Motors, Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University and Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Richard holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.
PME 580 Medical Device Design and Technology