Andrew is a Professor of the Practice and Lifelong Learner in the art of Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship. He is Founder & CEO at CanvasGT, a software startup developing solutions that boost the innovation pipeline by connecting left and right brain thinking. Andrew also serves as Innovation & Design Coach at Trig, an industrial design firm serving the consumer, healthcare, and durable goods markets. Andrew’s design background started in the NYC Motion Picture Industry before transitioning into his 20 years in Health and Medical Innovation. Prior to joining Trig, Andrew served 12-years on the faculty of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at UNC & NC State. His students’ coursework led to multiple startups including Novocor Medical Systems, Augment Medical, Contour Surgical, and 410 Medical, and have won national design competitions including from the NCEES and NIH. He is founder and former executive director of the NC Medical Device Organization, which became an NC Biotech Center of Innovation. He was co-founder and VP Business Development for the design and manufacturing company Gilero. He got his start in Medical Devices at Alaris Medical Systems (now BD’s CareFusion) as a design engineer. He has served as Business Advisor and Speaker for the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, an advisor to the NIH C3i Program, Director of Duke NeuroInnovations, and on the planning team for BME IDEA. He holds a BS in Physics, English Literature, and Secondary Education from UNC Charlotte, an MS in BME from UNC Chapel Hill’s Medical School, and a Ph.D. from the UNC/NCSU BME Department.


Andrew’s particular expertise is in Biomedical Innovation and Design Thinking.

He has provided innovation training at companies including Teleflex Medical, Cook Medical, and Suntech Medical.

He has spoken at national and international meetings including the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, North Carolina Nurses Association, and BioJapan (in Yokohama City).

He has lectured at national and international academic institutions including Drexel, University of Missouri, University of Southern California, University of Washington in Seattle, Virginia Commonwealth University, Vanderbilt, NC A&T, Nagoya University in Japan, National University of Ireland in Galway, and Strasbourg University in France.

Andrew has a depth of experience in the FDA’s Quality System Regulations for Medical Devices including an acknowledgment in the 2nd Edition of Biodesign chapter 5.5 Quality Management.  His past experiences include updating the Teleflex Medical Design Control SOP and development of the associated training, developing a design control procedure for his NC State BME Course, and team member on Quality Management for Alaris Medical Systems, EG-Gilero, and Novocor Medical Systems.