University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellow Alumni

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith
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Shannon Smith, MS (2017-2018)

Shannon's path to Medical Device design was circuitous. An Apparel Design graduate of the University of Minnesota she has designed corsetry in London, intimates for Juicy Couture and after winning Project OR (the Outdoor Industry's equivalent of Project Runway), spent three years designing men's sportswear at Cabela's. Despite her love of design, a deep desire to improve the lives of others, steeped with a family background in medicine, led her back to the University where she completed her pre-med studies with the intent to apply to medical school. Quite serendipitously she discovered the University's Technological Leadership Institute's Medical Device Innovation program which would allow her to combine her design skills, medical interests and commitment to make life better for others; she completed her Master's in 2017.

Though Shannon's design interests are wide and varied, she has particular interests in fabrics and wearables and anything that has the potential to improve health and enhance quality of life while disrupting the unsustainable escalation of health care costs. She believes the best medical devices are those that can be seamlessly incorporated into daily life.

In her free time Shannon likes to stay active. A connoisseur of multiple sports, she particularly enjoys hockey, crossfit and biking. She enjoys remodeling and flipping houses, especially demo day. She and her labradoodle Murphy, an aspiring therapy dog, are endeavoring to visit every dog-friendly venue in the Twin Cities.


(Last Updated May 2018)

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