Jeffrey Vaitekunas

Jeffrey VaitekunasJeffrey J. Vaitekunas Ph.D. – Vice-President of Research & Development at Cybersonics Inc. in Erie, Pennsylvania.  

             Jeffrey Vaitekunas is a creative research leader with extensive experience in the field of therapeutic medical ultrasound, holding over 21 patents and many publications.  He played a key role in the development of Johnson and Johnson’s successful UltraCision ultrasonic surgical device, Omnisonics’ thrombus ablation device, and Cybersonics’ ultrasonic lithotripsy device.  Jeff received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in Engineering Mechanics, his M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University Calumet Campus.

Jeff is a registered Patent Agent, licensed to practice Law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Jeff is active in the Ultrasonic Industry Association (UIA), where he has served on the board of directors and held various offices including President, Vice-president, and Editor of the quarterly newsletter “Vibrations.”  Jeff is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

 Jeff’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“As my career progresses, I increasingly recognize the value of my Purdue Calumet experience.  Purdue Calumet provided the foundation for my past, present and future successes.  Although my education continued through the years at other universities, I recognize that my undergraduate education at Purdue Calumet was second to none.”

 Jeff’s advice for Purdue Calumet students:
“Perseverance, to remain constant to a course of action, belief, or purpose without giving way in spite of obstacles or discouragement, leads to many successes.  Notice, however, that perseverance does not mean you should remain constant to your beliefs in spite of facts to the contrary.  But particularly take notice that assumptions are not facts, and that questioning assumptions often leads to discovery.”