Navigation Links
Milton Hershey School Announces 2019 Alumnus of the Year
Date:5/15/2019

Milton Hershey School® has named William Charles Ballough Harding ’78 the 2019 Alumnus of the Year in recognition for his work within the biomedical industry, where he is changing lives by creating solutions to global healthcare challenges through the development of new and improved medical devices.

“William Harding epitomizes the vision of our founders – Milton and Catherine Hershey – who always hoped for Milton Hershey School to be a place where students would leave striving to make a difference,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85. “William is resilient and innovative; and like our founders, believes in an obligation to give back to society. His contributions to the biomedical community capture what it means to be an alumnus of the Milton Hershey School.”

Harding enrolled at MHS in 1973 when he was 13 years old and attributes his strong sense of ethics and personal accountability to his years there. Harding remembers MHS as a place where mentors, swimming coaches and high school teachers shaped his professional path and positively influenced his self-worth. While at MHS, he was a member of the junior and senior swimming teams, worked as a lifeguard and water safety instructor and was a member of the drill team (color guard).

Now, as the chair of the Healthcare Innovation Team at Medtronic—the world’s largest medical device company— Harding and his colleagues are transforming medical products and services around the world. A celebrated biomedical engineer and innovator, Harding and his team have developed Medtronic’s core technologies, which are used to treat nearly 40 medical conditions. In 2018 alone, the 300-member research team that Harding leads, filed 45 patent applications. Harding is also the sole inventor of the first wireless pacemaker for the heart and co-inventor of countless other medical devices.

Throughout his career and personal life, Harding has received many accolades. He has filed over 76 patents and officially holds 10 patents to his name, including for medical devices that improve the treatment of cardiac and neurological diseases and enhance patient data protection. He was selected as a Medtronic Distinguished Technical Fellow—the company’s highest recognition for technical contributors—and in addition, he is emeritus chair of the Tempe Technical Guild and a two-time recipient of the Tempe Mayor’s Disabilities Award. He also has a black belt in Taekwondo and was a competitive skydiver, holding the U.S. record for the fastest accelerated freefall, traveling at 307 mph. Early in his career, Harding worked at Raytheon maintaining various programs used for launch support at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

After MHS, Harding went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with an emphasis on electrical engineering at Millersville University. Since then, he earned a master’s degree in Information Systems from University of Phoenix and is on track to complete a Ph.D. in General Psychology with an emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology at Grand Canyon University in 2019.

Harding and his wife of 27 years, Madeline, reside in Chandler, Arizona, with their dogs, Roo and Ivi.

Milton Hershey School will honor Harding during a special recognition dinner on Saturday, June 8 by invitation only. He will address students, staff and sponsors during the 2019 Commencement ceremony on June 9.

More information about Milton Hershey School can be found at mhskids.org.

ABOUT THE ALUMNUS/ALUMNA OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Milton Hershey School Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award began in 1954. Recipients of the award have demonstrated humanitarianism and exemplary service to others, achieved distinguished service in their careers, and exhibited high standards of achievements, both personally and professionally.

ABOUT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL
Milton Hershey School® is one of the world’s best private schools, offering a top-notch education and positive home life to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of lower income at no charge.

Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/milton_hershey_school_announces_2019_alumnus_of_the_year/prweb16312801.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2019 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved


Related biology technology :

1. Hamilton Scientific Continues Its Expansion to a LEED Certified Building in De Pere, Wisconsin
2. Hamilton Scientific Unveils New Website with an Expanded Resource Center
3. Hamilton Scientific Products Installed at Wisconsin Energy Institute & Consolidated Forensic Lab, University of Wisconsin
4. Nitto Denko Avecia Inc. Strengthens its Commitment to the Small Molecule and Radiochemistry Industries by Hiring Hamilton J. Lenox as Director of Business Development
5. Bed Bugs Sneak In to Elementary Schools, My Cleaning Products Advises to Officials and Other Bed Bug Victims Use of Pesticide-Exempt Bed Bug Bully
6. Bed Bugs Infiltrates Two Live Oak Schools Says Report, My Cleaning Products Suggests Use of Non-Pesticide Bed Bug Bully to Clear the Pests Away
7. Report Says Mold Stirs Herndon High School, My Cleaning Products Asserts Organic-Based and No-Scrubbing Mold Remediation Products Are the Answers to the Mold Problem
8. Cambridge College School of Management Program Hosts a Panel Discussion On Trends and Opportunities In Health Information Technology
9. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Researchers Document Splitting Water Molecules in Multiple Thermochemical Cycles with Goal to Sustain Hydrogen Energy
10. GeneCell International Gives Back to the Community by Participating in Local Elementary School’s Career Day
11. Robert Sullivan, PhD, Dean of Rady School Of Management, to Join Stemedica Board of Business Advisors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/4/2019)... ... April 02, 2019 , ... Biomeme, Inc. ... releasing it’s latest field-ready solution for performing PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, and Isothermal tests ... homage to Rosland Franklin, an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made significant ...
(Date:3/29/2019)... VIEW, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2019 ... ... achievement of development and testing milestones, CARB-X has proceeded with a second stage ... receive up to $1.7 million, which is on top of the $1.7 million ...
(Date:3/27/2019)... ... March 27, 2019 , ... In honor of National Nutrition Month, Lajollacooks4u has ... healthy meals and good nutrition. This month, Chef Jodi Abel appeared on two ... , The first segment addressed the nutritional value of USDA’s MyPlate, a nutrition ...
(Date:3/23/2019)... SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2019 ... ... design, planning, sample collection, and analysis to a team of researchers at Nnamdi ... and supported by Dr. Nneka R. Agbokoba, PhD, of the Department of Medical ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:5/21/2019)... PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) , ... May 21, 2019 , ... ... in technology and biotech companies, turned 20 today, and to celebrate launched a ... entrepreneurs with the foundational tools they need – pre-product – to attract talent ...
(Date:5/21/2019)... ... May 20, 2019 , ... Pennsylvania College of Health ... 96.15% pass rate for first-time test takers of the National Council Licensure Examination ... 76.43% by nearly 20 points. , “This first-time pass rate is commendable ...
(Date:5/16/2019)... ... May 16, 2019 , ... SFC Fluidics, Inc. ... of the Industry Development and Discovery Partnership that was awarded to SFC Fluidics in ... single integrated pod artificial pancreas (AP) system for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):