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Curt Irwin, PhD
Director of Human Factors Engineering

Curt has spent more than 20 years in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Human Factors, with a focus on medical device development.

He has led multidisciplinary project teams throughout the medical device development process for clients ranging from startups to large, multinational companies and across all classes of medical devices. This includes one large team whose complex medical device project took eight years to go from contextual inquiry through submission to the FDA. Curt believes Human Factors Engineers contribute most meaningfully to product development when they’re embedded in project teams and applying their experience and knowledge to all phases of the engineering and design process. This is what he’s working to establish at Bresslergroup. 

Curt kicked off his undergraduate academic career in Mechanical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison, which ultimately led him to Biomedical Engineering where he attained his PhD with a focus on mechanics of the hand. He completed two post-doc fellowships at The Women’s Health and Aging Center and The Trace Center at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. These fellowships enabled him to further refine his research skills and apply universal design principles to improve products for women, older adults, and people with physical disabilities.

In his free time, Curt is an avid cyclist and willingly and enthusiastically subjects himself to endurance events in his home state of Wisconsin. He lives in Madison with his wife, Peggy and their canine kid, Izze.

What’s your favorite all-time product? LEGOs, especially the boxes of generic LEGOs without instructions. The world doesn’t have enough multicolored creations of indistinguishable intent. If you could redesign anything, what would it be? The scoring in tennis. FINISH THIS SENTENCE: DESIGN IS… ... sometimes best when you don’t even notice it