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John van H.


San Mateo, CA

Member since:

August 17, 2012

Are you a corporate practitioner, consultant, entrepreneur, or something else? Please tell us about yourself.

I am the Director of Hardware Engineering at Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto. Challenges that I face include getting shy engineers to express their ideas and getting all engineers to maintain their creative edge in the face of regulatory documentation that slows down the speed they'd like to work at. Varian's products save lives around the world, and Varian's engineers have designed many features and reached many goals that they can be proud of. Nonetheless, there are times the good intentions of the regulations become over-interpreted, and the engineers feel there is a slow-down in the speed at which they can innovate and invent. In the face of these challenges, I am always interested in encouraging a culture of innovation and in finding the right balance between not enough and too much interpretation of the regs.

What 3 topics/people would you like to hear about/from?

I'd like to hear presentations from others who have pushed creative limits in a regulated environment (automobiles, aircraft, medical devices, etc).

Are you an SVForum member? If so, how long?

I am an SVForum member; I have primarily been attending EL-SIG events since 2009.


I am an Engineering Manager, especially interested in ways to introduce a Culture of Innovation into engineering teams working in highly regulated environments (such as Medical Devices).

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