Design & Engineering Leadership
Director of New Product Development
Tom Gardner has been with MPE since February 2018. He is the Director of New Product Development, who guides the internal design team in producing world-class and innovative solutions for a variety of industries. He implements best practice design principles and modern design tools to drive success for his team. His experience in the industry has helped MPE grow, bringing new design concepts and tools that ensure high quality products on a time and below budget to our customers. Tom values the synergy that MPE has created with the engineering team to deliver lifesaving solutions to the medical industry and proud of that team that can collaboratively and consistently deliver quality solutions to our satisfied customers even on the most challenging projects.
As design director, Paul Klock sets high standards for design excellence. He leads his team in employing a highly collaborative, user-centered design approach. His objective is to produce a positive and consistent user experience while maintaining the intended clinical use and product performance. Paul has been with MPE (Formerly Mindflow Design) since 2016 and has more than 30 years of experience, much of it with a healthcare focus. His design leadership with talented teams over the years has lead to his receiving over 25 patents plus a variety of design awards including Business Week IDEA, CES innovation, IF Design and GOOD Design awards. Paul holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology where he served as an adjunct faculty member in the industrial design school at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Married with three children, he enjoys playing basketball and golf, and spending time with friends and family.
Director of Project Management
As director of project management, Rick manages project teams consisting of industrial designers, user experience/user interface designers, mechanical engineers and human factors engineers. Rick thrives on ambiguity. He is most passionate about bringing definition to what may seem unclear and vague to others through a combination of critical and creative thinking. Rick joined MPE (Formerly MPE (Formerly Mindflow Design) in 2020). Having arrived with 25-plus years in medical product design and a wealth of management experience in large corporate and small consulting environments, he values the contributions of all parties engaged in the product development process. This means seeking successful collaborations with executive management, sales/marketing, purchasing, quality assurance and logistics personnel as well as design team members. Rick holds a bachelor of industrial design degree from Syracuse University.
Director of Human Factors and Research
As MPE’s human factors director, Sasoon leads teams of cross-functional experts for complex projects. He captures human needs and converts them into hardware and software design requirements. He has extensive technical knowledge in voice-of-customer determinations, user interface/interaction design, qualitative research, developing heuristic, context, function and task analyses, and executing usability evaluations including FDA validation. He helps clients identify process gaps while educating along the way to ensure safe product use. Clients benefit from his more than 12 years of widely varied assignments with robotics startups to industry fortune 500 leaders. His background includes collaboration to design and develop medical devices for invasive drug delivery as well as non-invasive on-body sensors relating to treatment and management of diabetes, arthritis, COPD and stroke. Sasoon earned a B.A. degree in psychology and an M.A. degree in human factors and applied psychology from California State University, Northridge. He is active with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Married with two children, he relaxes by camping, hiking and raising koi.