Profile - Phill Goldman

Phill Goldman

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Meet Phill Goldman
Medical Device Manufacturing program

Dayton, MN

Question and Answer

  • Question

    What originally brought you to Anoka-Ramsey?


    After 16 years in the disc drive business, I became part of the ‘great recession’ in 2009. I decided to refocus my career on biomedical devices. I’ve earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, but that alone was not enough.

    Most biomedical companies require three-five years’ experience in the industry for many roles, and working through the Biomedical program at Anoka-Ramsey sort of 'short circuited' that requirement, something an electrical engineer can appreciate.

  • Question

    What would you cite you as one of the best aspect of Anoka-Ramsey?


    Engineering school and company-supplied training tend to be quite specific and bit insular. The variety of course content and the diversity of student viewpoints served to provide a broader, more complete view of industry. 

  • Question

    Do you feel you overcame a unique or specific personal obstacle in the pursuit of your education?


    Returning to college after 24 years away isn’t unique, but it was new to me. Could I pick up study habits I had in the 1980’s while my life had become more complex? Happily, it all came back.

  • Question

    What is one thing you want people to know about the Biomedical Technology program at Anoka-Ramsey?


    The Biomedical Device Manufacturing program fits perfectly with the needs of companies like Medtronic, among many others.  The coursework forms a wonderful foundation for success, even for seasoned workers. I’ve been recommending it to both new and aspiring medical device team members.

Fun Facts

  • Fast Fact #1

    Phill started employment at Medtronic at the same time he began his studies at Anoka-Ramsey.

  • Fast Fact #2

    Phill's internship at Medtronic became permanent employment, and he cites his Anoka-Ramsey studies as "instrumental" in his early success with the company.

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