- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2021
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Kelly Azeredo is currently a Research and Development Director for Medtronic. She is responsible for driving engagement and alignment across R&D throughout enterprise-wide initiatives.
Throughout her 11 years at Medtronic, Azeredo has held various positions in R&D, specifically working on new product development of surgical instrumentation. Most recently, she built the Systems Engineering infrastructure and capability for Medtronic’s North Haven, CT site. Her experiences include both the advancement of technology for medical devices, as well as implementing business systems, processes, and tools to improve overall organizational performance.
In addition to her strong technical leadership at Medtronic, Azeredo has been an advocate and partner for diversity and inclusion. She has led site-wide initiatives for Women in Science and Engineering, R&D diversity and inclusion councils, and co-founded a R&D professional development program facilitated through educational courses provided to employees taught by their colleagues.
Azeredo graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2009 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She holds a MBA from Western New England University. She is a Design for Six Sigma Black Belt and has been named an inventor on ten US patents. In 2017, she was a Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation® finalist for Research Innovation and Leadership.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Azeredo continues to reside in the great state with her husband. She stays active with her alma mater as a member of the UConn School of Engineering Professional Education Advisory Board. She is an avid reader and enjoys boating and traveling with her family.