SAINT PETER, Minn. (October 22, 2019) - Gustavus Adolphus College recognized Kelly Coleman with its Distinguished Alumni Citation at the College's annual Homecoming Weekend Alumni Awards Banquet on Friday, September 27, 2019.
Coleman, who grew up in Mankato, is a Distinguished Scientist at Medtronic, the world's largest medical device company. After graduating from Mankato West High School in 1975, he attended Gustavus where he earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry (1979), then went on to earn master's degrees in chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines (1987) and engineering from the University of Minnesota (1992) before being awarded a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Since 2010, he has also served as an adjunct professor of toxicology at the University of Minnesota. A son of the late Brendan and June Coleman of Skyline, he currently resides in Maple Grove, Minn.
Noted for his alternative testing work, Coleman was inducted into Medtronic's Bakken Society in 2017. Named after the company's founder, Earl Bakken, the society formally recognizes Medtronic employees who have distinguished themselves in furthering the technical and scientific progress of Medtronic and who have made multiple significant contributions to the lives of patients, the corporation, physician customers, and the biomedical industry. Membership in the Bakken Society is the company's highest scientific and technical honor.
The Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citations recognize outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor. Criteria for selection include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs.