Our Founder


Jeffrey Vaitekunas

Biography:

Jeffrey Vaitekunas is a creative research leader with extensive experience in the field of therapeutic medical ultrasound, holding over 25 patents and many publications. He played a key role in the development of J&J's successful UltraCision ultrasonic surgical device. Jeff received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in Engineering Mechanics, working under Dr. Edward Grood, for his dissertation titled- Ultrasonic Surgical Instruments: A Multi-Variate Study for Cutting-Rate Effects. He received his M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University while working under Dr. Jan Achenbach in the areas of ultrasonic wave propagation and non-destructive testing of materials. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Jeff is a registered Patent Agent, licensed to practice Law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to joining Omnisonics, Jeff practiced law at the firm of Crawford Maunu PLLC in Minneapolis. Before practicing law, Jeff worked in New Business Development where he was responsible for business acquisition and due-diligence, license negotiations, strategic planning, technology assessment, and research management. He also worked for seven years as a development engineer. While at EES, Jeff worked nights to create a start-up, Novus Communications Technologies, where he held the position of Chief Technology Officer. He is a past member of the board of directors for NOVUS.

Jeff also worked for six years at Argonne National Laboratory, a national "think tank." He ran an ultrasonics laboratory in the Materials Science and Technology department. At ANL he led a technology spin-off and started a small company, Ultra-NDE, specializing in robotically controlled ultrasonic scanning and image-processing systems.