The Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security was established to help manufacturers and industry experts navigate the operational hazards of cybersecurity implementation and prepare them for future challenges of FDA requirements.

Archimedes is an independent, pioneering center that has produced the most highly cited research on cybersecurity of medical devices. We are a multidisciplinary team of medical and computer science experts who focus on research, education, and on advising industry leaders on methods for improving medical device security.

We’re proud to be built on a foundation of personal trust, sound science, and solid engineering. At Archimedes, we offer the ideal conditions for situational and operational awareness of emerging issues pertaining to cybersecurity. Better yet, we teach you how to separate signal from noise.

Meet The Director

Kevin Fu is credited for establishing the field of medical device security beginning with the 2008 IEEE paper on defibrillator security. Kevin is Chief Scientist of Virta Labs, Inc. and Associate Professor in EECS at the University of Michigan where he directs the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security and the Security and Privacy Research Group (SPQR).

A former MIT Technology Review TR35 Innovator of the Year, Kevin has testified in the House and Senate on matters of information and medical device security and has written commissioned work on trustworthy medical device software for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He was a member of NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, the CRA Computing Community Consortium Council, and the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy.

Kevin previously co-chaired the AAMI Working Group on Medical Device Security, which developed AAMI TIR57, Principles for medical device security―Risk management, a set of guidelines for manufacturers on developing a cybersecurity risk management process for medical devices that was recognized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016.

Kevin served as a visiting scientist at the FDA, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School, Microsoft Research, and MIT CSAIL. He received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from MIT. He also earned a certificate in artisanal bread making from the French Culinary Institute. His baguettes are amazing.

Meet the Deputy Director

Bill Aerts is currently Deputy Director of the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security at the University of Michigan, in a part-time role starting in July of 2017. Bill provides leadership in supporting members of Archimedes, expanding service offerings, improving day-to-day operations and remaining active in the medical device security community.     

Bill retired in 2016 from Medtronic where he was Director of Product Security within Medtronic’s Global Security Office.  Prior to that, Bill helped to build Medtronic’s original Information Security Program. Bill has created and championed information and product security programs in the insurance, transportation, retail and healthcare industries throughout his 30+ years of experience working in Security roles.  He has always been very active in the security community.   

Between his retirement from Medtronic and joining Archimedes, Bill has been engaged in various consulting roles and spent two semesters as an Adjunct Professor in the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota.

 Bill received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and holds CISSP and CISM security certifications.  He lives happily in St. Paul with his wife and two children. 

Sarah Turner
Sarah Turner
Operations Manager

Sarah Turner is the Operations Manager for Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security. Sarah works from her home in New Orleans, but don’t let the fact that she lives in the Big Easy fool you—she is extremely driven and organized and she loves nothing more than to cross tasks off her Trello list. Sarah earned her BA in Business Administration and her MBA from Davenport University. She has over eight years of experience working in fast-paced environments ranging from managing a tech-driven educational startup that teaches kids how to code to organizing the food assistance programs for a local farmer’s market. Motivated by work that makes a difference, Sarah is proud to be an integral member of the Archimedes team and is available to answer any questions you may have about Archimedes or its membership opportunities. Just email her at archimedes@umich.edu and she’ll tell you what you need to know.

Nikki McDonald
Nikki McDonald
Communications Specialist

As the Communications Specialist for the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security, Nikki McDonald works to make sure that you stay informed about the news, research, and events central to improving medical device security. Nikki brings over two decades of experience editing and writing for print and online publications in the high-tech educational publishing industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University in 1994 and was the recipient of the John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship with the Associated Press in Paris, France. You can reach her at scribwel@umich.edu.


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