Alyse Stofer
Engineering Program Manager
Medtronic

Minneapolis, MN

“Manufacturing provides opportunities for ingenuity, prosperity and growth. As the image and opportunities for manufacturing expand within the US, we will be rewarded with new technologies, life changing products and rewarding careers. Women engineers and technologists are catalysts for expanding the manufacturing sector and a flourishing economy."

Throughout her engineering career, Alyse has contributed to and led a variety of technical design and research programs resulting in one patent and seven pending patents, multiple product improvements and enhancements, and several key products developed and marketed globally. Over the past four years at Medtronic, she’s led several programs from product concept through global commercialization, applying her technical skills and interpersonal and process talents to accomplish outstanding results. She learned the importance of team work, problem solving, and decision making, as well as flexibility, accountability and perseverance early in her career.

She attributes much of her success in the manufacturing industry to her involvement in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), where she has been an active member for 19 years and a leader leader for over 15. Her dedication and leadership in SWE have resulted in numerous new opportunities, improvements, and programs at section, region, and Society levels. In addition to her involvement in SWE, Alyse attributes her technical success in the manufacturing industry to her experiences working for small companies. She had an opportunity to wear many tactical and strategic hats as a mechanical design engineer and then an as engineering program manager early in her career. 

Alyse is passionate about speaking on STEM careers, particularly engineering careers, to students and adult influencers. Most recently she was the keynote speaker for ISD#833 STEM Career Day (St. Paul, MN), Harpeth Hall STEM Think Tank and Conference (Nashville, TN) and Twin Cities Diversity STEM Forum (Minneapolis, MN).

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