Sue Okerstrom

President of Lichen Labs


Sue is one of the first 20 people in the world to receive an MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University, in conjunction with a Professional Certificate in Biomimicry from Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, graduating in November 2015.


She also holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota and B.S. in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Chemistry from Bemidji State University.


Sue has performed and directed failure analysis, microscopy and mechanical / metallurgical testing for over 25 years at Medtronic Inc.  She was a Senior Principal Scientist and Manager of a materials analysis laboratory supporting research and development.  She won Medtronic's Star of Excellence Award recognizing extraordinary job performance and an unwavering commitment to the highest quality in products, processes, and services. In 2006, Sue was named as Technical Fellow, one of 95 Technical Fellows recognized for technical expertise both inside and outside of the company of 30,000 employees worldwide. Sue is a past President of the Minnesota Microscopy Society.  She has authored numerous technical papers in microscopy and materials science.

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