Reese Terry establishes fellowship, traces success to Weldon School

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The Weldon School is honored by alumni and friends who give back to the school in a myriad of ways, through partnerships, scholarships, fellowships, gifts, and their time and talent to support our mission. Many can attribute their success to the Weldon School. One such supporter is Reese Terry, co-founder of Cyberonics and a longtime friend to the Weldon School, who has recently established the Reese S. Terry, Jr. Fellowship in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

Terry was recruited to CTS Microelectronics in 1974 where Norm Weldon, managing director of Partisan Management Group and benefactor of the Weldon School, assigned him to be the liaison to the newly created Biomedical Engineering Center at Purdue. Thirty years later, he is still reaping the rewards of this assignment. “The knowledge that I gained with my two-year association with the newly established program has carried me through my professional career and renewed my enthusiasm for the field of medical device engineering,” said Terry, noting that his latest patent on treating heart failure grew out of knowledge gained from research done at the time.

Terry also cites his association with many Purdue graduates over the years as inspiration behind establishing this fellowship. “They have all been outstanding engineers and made significant contributions,” he said. “For example, one of my first new hires of Purdue graduates was assigned the task to develop a new cardiac pacemaker lead, which proved to be very successful clinically and had high reliability. In contrast, one of the industry leaders developed a similar product, except their design developed severe reliability problems which led to a major recall.”

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