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Dr. Kurt Smith - 1985 BS, MS 1986

Dr. Kurt SmithDr. Kurt Smith is an engineer and entrepreneur who started his first company while a student at SIUE. Since then he has founded 15 different ventures and is currently the Global Vice-President of New Growth Platforms at Covidien, a ten billion dollar medical technology company that provides surgical and therapeutic products. Smith, who earned his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and a Masters in Electrical Engineering in 1986, earned a Doctor of Science Degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. His work revolutionized the operating room, enabling surgeons to actually see where they were in real time on MRI and CT images displayed in the operating room.

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