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Peter C. Tortorici is a Medtronic Technical Fellow, and a Senior Manager of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology Development at Medtronic, located in Minneapolis, MN. He has been with Medtronic since 2001. He is currently leading a group to foster collaboration between research, operations, and technology to drive common business objectives and strategy. His group also partners, with device assembly facilities and technology, on roadmaps and device manufacturing strategies. Peter has held a variety of positions during his Medtronic career such, as a process development manager, the corporate PCB substrate component engineer, and leading complex problem-solving teams at the Tempe Campus, division in Tempe, AZ. Prior to his career at Medtronic, Peter was a metal component program manager for the lighting division of General Electric and a microelectronics packaging engineer at Hewlett-Packard. He was a visiting research scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany and worked in the early development of Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets at General Motors. Dr. Tortorici holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. His graduate work focused on the diffusional interactions of molybdenum disilicide with metallic reinforcements for high temperature applications, and the diffusional interaction of austentic and ferritic cladding steels with metallic nuclear fuel fission products. He is a member of ASM International, The Materials Society (TMS), The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), SMTA, IMAPS and IPC. He holds two US Patents.