Chris Barry, President, Advanced Surgical Technologies, Covidien


Chris Barry is President of the Advanced Surgical Technologies business within Covidien’s Surgical Solutions Global Business Unit. In his role, Chris leads efforts to maximize growth for the Advanced Surgical Technologies business through a balance of new products and market development to rapidly gain a foothold in key markets.

Chris has been with Covidien for over 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in the sales and marketing organizations. Prior to his current position, he held the roles of Vice President, U.S. commercial and General Manager for the U.S. region for both the Surgical Solutions and the former Energy-based Devices Global Business Units. Chris also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Sales for the Electrosurgery/LigaSure business, Director of Sales for Interventional Oncology, and Eastern Area Vice President of Sales. Chris also demonstrated success as a regional manager and field sales representative with the Kendall organization.

Dr. Ray Littlejohn


The Six Sigma workshop provided by Dr. Littlejohn is geared for early career professionals, graduate students, and junior/senior undergraduates. The workshop will provide an introduction to six sigma, it's benefits in design, manufacturing, and business, give real-world examples for the attendees to work through, and discuss options for further learning and certification.

Dr. Littlejohn received his Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the University of Oklahoma in 1977. Subsequently he began a teaching career at North Central College and began consulting with The R Group, LTD in the areas of Market Research and Forecasting. After approximately 5 years of teaching and consulting Dr. Littlejohn joined Sealed Power Corporation as a statistician where he introduced the use of SPC and Experimental Design. He was subsequently promoted to Quality Assurance Manager for Sealed Power Division of Sealed Power Corporation.

In 1982 Dr. Littlejohn joined Luftig & Warren International, Inc. a consulting firm that specialized in providing consulting services and training in all areas of the Quality Sciences throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. His work as a senior consultant with LWI involved the entire breadth of topics in the areas of business and quality improvement, including product and process improvement through the application of sophisticated problem solving techniques and advanced statistical and research methods. He also provided training to the firm’s many clients in all aspects of the application of statistics, and business and industrial research methodologies through 1998.

After leaving LWI, Dr. Littlejohn’s consulting activities included training and consulting activities in experimental design and industrial research, customer survey analysis, business system development and improvement, business, manufacturing and administrative product and process improvement, process control, and statistical start-ups. Dr. Littlejohn provided these services to businesses engaged in metal processing, food and beverage, electronics / high tech manufacturing and assembly, ink and chemical, automotive and truck suppliers, mining, HMO service and miscellaneous other industries.

Ben Fleishman


Ben joined EWH in November 2011 after working in Tanzania as an on the ground coordinator for the Summer Institute. He is an alumni of the 2009 Tanzania Summer Institute and held leadership roles in Engineers With Out Borders at Clemson University, where he received his BS in BioEngineering in 2009. His senior design project was a low cost disposable scalpel for the developing world. He has worked with students in Vietnam, Mexico and Clemson teaching seminars, labs and leading research projects. In his spare time Ben enjoys spending time outdoors and technical projects such as building bikes and modifying cars. His unique combination of student leadership experience and technical skills makes him the ideal choice to manage and expand our Summer Institute programs.