Jeffrey M. Thompson earned a PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 2002 working under advisor Mats P.E. Heimdahl. Dr. Thompson's research interests are in software engineering for safety critical systems including how requirements are developed for those systems as well as how software assets may be re-used across a product line. Dr Thompson has a number of publications in journals and conferences as well as several US patents related to his work. Since graduation, he has worked in the Medical Device industry in the Twin Cities applying the results of his graduate work on FDA Class II and III devices. He currently serves as a Senior Manager, Software Engineering at Abbott working on advanced Electrophysiology Cardiac Mapping systems. The system he works on allows Electrophysiologists to track the location of cardiac catheters inserted into the heart in 3D space in real time. Using a 3D model of each patient's anatomy that they can create within the system, Electrophysiologists can map the electrical activity within the patient's heart, determine the best treatment options and record data regarding therapy delivery. Prior to working at Abbott, Dr. Thompson has served as the Software Architect for an invitro-diagnostic instrument that used molecular diagnostic tests to verify the viral level in a patient's blood sample and has also worked on pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. He also holds an MBA degree from the Carlson School of Management.