Vasav Swaminathan is a veteran and currently works as a Supervisor of the Equipment Maintenance team at Abbott Structural Heart's Menlo Park site in California, where MitraClip is manufactured. His career both in and out of the military has been dedicated to improving lives.
Vas has been in leadership positions for eight of the past ten years. After transitioning out of the U.S. Air Force, he shifted into medical devices to leverage his technical skills and directly improve and extend lives. He initially worked in R&D before transitioning back to a leadership role. As a supervisor, he has led multiple expansions of the manufacturing line while managing the workload at a dynamic site, and ensuring that his employees' needs are met despite the demanding environment they work in.
Vas served as a Civil Engineering Officer in the Air Force, leading small teams to support operations around the world. He was inspired to join during the September 11th attacks, and when he saw marchers stating "Support Our Troops" early in the Iraq War. He thought there was no better way to support the troops than to lead them as an officer.
In his spare time, Vas is a Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area. He also enjoys team sports and outdoor sports, dancing with his wife, and rooting for his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines.