Eugene Goldberg Lecture Series: “Solve the Right Problem and Never Stop Learning” – Chris Widenhouse, Ph.D.


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Reitz Union Chamber
655 Reitz Union Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611


Solve the Right Problem and Never Stop Learning

So much of what I learned in the brief time I worked with Gene Goldberg has impacted my career. I have taken some of his lessons and made them my own through my experiences.

I’ve had the absolute privilege of working on a wide spectrum of devices and patient treatments in the medical device industry for the past 22 years. As I share some of these technologies and the stories behind them, I hope the audience walks away with an appreciation for taking ownership of their own careers, whether it be in academics, research or industry by following a handful of guiding principles.

About Chris Widenhouse, Ph.D.

Dr. Chris Widenhouse was a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow under the guidance of Dr. Eugene Goldberg from 1990 through 2001.

Dr. Widenhouse graduated from the University of Florida with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering in 1996. He also holds a B.S. in MSE from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.

This was purely in pursuit of being able to declare loyalty across three major NCAA conferences.

Dr. Widenhouse is currently Senior Director of R&D at AtriCure, Inc., where he has been since 2017. Prior to AtriCure, Chris worked within Johnson & Johnson for multiple operating companies (Cordis Endovascular, Cordis, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and Ethicon) over a 16-year period. During that time, he contributed to developments in the areas of cardiovascular combination products, peripheral vascular devices, laparoscopic and thoracic surgical devices for surgical access, surgical stapling and general surgery. In his roles at AtriCure, he has had end-to-end product lifecycle responsibilities for Left Atrial Appendage Management, RF Surgical Ablation, CryoAblation, and CyroNerveBlock product, procedure and technology families. 

In his free time, Dr. Widenhouse is a husband, a father of 4, a youth soccer coach and a part-time sheep farmer.


Click HERE to watch the seminar live stream.

There will be a reception following the lecture.

The Eugene Goldberg Lecture Series was created to honor the enduring legacy of Dr. Eugene Goldberg and the lasting impact he had on his students at the University of Florida.


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Department of Materials Science & Engineering