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April 17: Project Management Expert

Tom Fenton from medical device company in Plymouth, Minn., to speak.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-11-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Tom Fenton, a project management expert with more than 40 years of manufacturing experience, including 20 years in management, will give a presentation titled “Leftover Lobster Problems” on Thursday, April 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

Fenton’s presentation is free and open to the public. At 5:30 p.m., prior to his presentation, there will be a light dinner (no cost) and an opportunity to network. Please RSVP for the dinner by sending an email in advance to

In his presentation, Fenton will look at a systematic way of dealing with the problems that come our way. He’ll share some of the tools his company uses, and he will review best practices used to determine the root cause of a problem. He will discuss how to communicate our findings and eliminate problems at the root and not just treat the symptoms.

Fenton is currently an operations engineer and project manager for MEDIVATORS, a medical device firm in Plymouth, Minn. Fenton also has multiple years of experience as a machinist, moldmaker, ProE CAD designer of plastic injection components and medical devices, tool room manager and project manager. A certified PMP and journeyman moldmaker, Fenton has a master’s degree in project management and has multiple medical device patents to his name.

The event is sponsored by the Southwest Outreach Program, which is part of the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-MN). The mission of PMI-MN, according to its website, is to provide value to members and the community through opportunities for career development and to advocate the advancement of the project management profession and its disciplines.

For more information on the Southwest Outreach Program, please contact program manager Mohamed Diab, an assistant professor in the Construction Management Department in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology. Diab can be reached by phone at 507-389-2114 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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