Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X Intuitive Dinner – May 17th, 2018 in Sunnyvale

Girl Geek X Intuitive Dinner

You are invited to join us for a Girl Geek X & Intuitive Dinner on May 17 in at Intuitive headquarters in Sunnyvale to meet fellow girl geeks, and hear from a panel of Intuitive girl geeks about taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand!

Don’t miss exclusive da Vinci Surgical System demos, giveaways, and networking over dinner and drinks. Get your ticket to dinner today!


5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, heavy appetizers, da Vinci Surgical System demos & networking!
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A with Intuitive Girl Geeks
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Dessert, da Vinci Surgical System demos & networking!

Intuitive Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Maggie NixonMaggie Nixon, VP of Product Quality
Maggie is responsible for overseeing the design and manufacturing of Intuitive products to ensure safety and effectiveness. She leads all facets of quality engineering, quality assurance and quality control at Intuitive with teams located in the US and abroad. Maggie joined Intuitive 18 years ago as an Instrument Design Engineer. During her tenure, Maggie has held several design, engineering, and leadership positions across the organization and has contributed to multiple generations of system platform and instrument development. Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree in bio-mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Maggie is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Katie ScovilleKatie Scoville, Director of Product Marketing
Katie has been at Intuitive for 7 years in various upstream and downstream product marketing roles. She supports the Services & Secondary Markets Business Unit positioning and driving our refurbished products. Prior to Intuitive, Katie worked as a Product Manager at Calypso Medical (since acquired by Varian Medical Systems). Her interest in Product Management & Marketing came out of her undergraduate research experience at Massachusetts General Hospital where she observed that placing more focus on the user could positively impact adoption of compelling medical technology. She studied Electrical Engineering at University of Washington (BSEE) and UC Davis (MS). Katie and her husband have two sons. She is a founding member of Intuitive’s WITy group.

Katie is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

May LiuMay Liu, Principal Medical Research Scientist

May is a Principal Medical Research Scientist at Intuitive, where she explores novel approaches for training surgeons and surgical teams to use cutting-edge technologies like the da Vinci Surgical System. She joined Intuitive in 2010 to supervise validity research for the da Vinci Skills Simulator. Her research has since expanded into other areas of enhanced training technologies, such as the application of serious games, virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things, and machine learning to optimize surgeon and team performance. She earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and has been an invited speaker at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference, and the Clinical Robotic Surgical Association annual meeting. Dr. Liu is driven by a fascination about how people do things, and her passion is to use this knowledge in service to the clinical community.

May is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Amy KerdokAmy Kerdok, Senior Manager of Clinical Development Engineering

Amy is a Senior Manager of Clinical Development Engineering at Intuitive. With over 11 years of experience in developing new products and understanding user needs worldwide, she has played a critical role in translating clinical problems into safe and effective surgical innovations in the areas of surgical instrumentation, vision, fluorescence imaging, surgical simulation, integrated table motion, and surgical robotic system platforms. With her varied background in research, medicine, and industry, Dr. Kerdok strives to lead her team of 14 engineers to make the “art of surgery” objective with every product they have the opportunity to influence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctoral degree in engineering sciences from Harvard University as part of the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering/Medical Physics program.

Amy is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Natalie BurkhardNatalie Burkhard, Stanford ME PhD Candidate

Natalie is a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student at Stanford University. Through a collaboration with Intuitive’s Advanced Product Development group, she leads and manages research on a thermal-based slip sensing approach to improve surgeons’ ability to maintain stable, atraumatic grasps on biological tissue. Her work involves finding innovative solutions to challenging sensing and robotics problems through smart product design. Prior projects include the design and implementation of a MRI-compatible haptic teleoperator and the development of a contact event detection method for an autonomous oil drilling robot. Natalie earned a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a B.E. from Dartmouth.

Natalie is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Stacey PorterStacey Porter, Director of Global Talent Development

Stacey brings 15+ years of leadership development and organizational learning experience in the technology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. In process of completing her PhD in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, and holding a Masters in Clinical Social Work, Stacey possesses a unique combination of practical business experience and management consulting skill with an academician’s domain knowledge and expertise. Stacey has held past leadership roles in talent development at Roche Pharmaceuticals and VMware, and is currently the Director of Global Talent Development at Intuitive. In this position, she works internally as an organizational design expert, architect of leadership & management development programs, and an executive coach.

Stacey is the moderator of the panel at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

About Intuitive:

Intuitive is a global leader in the field of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. With its corporate headquarters located in Sunnyvale, California, Intuitive’s 4,600 employees serve customers throughout the globe, providing innovative technology across cardiac, thoracic, urology, gynecologic, colorectal, pediatric and general surgical disciplines. Intuitive’s da Vinci Surgical System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. This technology enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control, and leave patients with minimal scarring.

Event Tickets & Details:

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