Highly trained and qualified in the area of plastics engineering and injection molding, Amichai Vardi entered the field in 1993 after completing his military service with the Israel Defense Forces. At the invitation of Iscar CEO Stef Wertheimer, Mr. Vardi enrolled in the company’s elite training program. Within two years, he became Senior Mold Designer at Plasel, which produces plastic packing materials for high-tech industries. In the five years that followed, Amichai Vardi acquired hands-on experience in plastics manufacturing, seeking to improve productivity and cost efficiencies at Plasel. His innovations increased productivity at Plasel’s mold-making facility by 50%. As an Engineering Manager in charge of product and tool design, Amichai Vardi increased his office’s productivity by 25%. After relocating from Israel to the United States, Amichai Vardi enrolled in the Master’s program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to study plastics engineering. His interest in plastics manufacturing is reflected in his thesis, “Process and Feature Oriented Product Design for Injection-Molding.” Working with an actual example, Mr. Vardi demonstrates how the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE) as part of the design process results in significant cost savings, shorter production times, and superior quality. Amichai goes on to say that correctly designed injection molded plastic parts should include easy-to-measure features for quality monitoring via statistical process control. Mr. Vardi’s studies have resulted in many achievements during his tenure at Medtronic, where he has repeatedly met the challenge of reducing product costs and lead times. Medtronic awarded him a “Star of Excellence” in 2009 for his leadership on the company’s diabetes blood sugar sensor, which increased sales and profitability while reducing costs. Amichai Vardi currently serves as Engineering Director of Medtronic’s Sensor Value Stream.