Julie Shimer, Ph.D. (M.S. '79, Ph.D. '82), was recently appointed president and CEO of Welch Allyn, a leading manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions. Prior to Welch Allyn, Shimer was president and CEO of Vocera Communications, Inc., a leading wireless communications company based in Cupertino, Calif. While at Vocera, she led the company in securing more than $29 million in capital funding, shipped the first Vocera Communications Systems, and added key talent to the executive, marketing, and technical teams. As a result of her leadership, the company has experienced explosive growth, doubling revenue each year, while deploying its system in leading hospitals, retail and other large enterprise sites in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Shimer previously held executive positions at 3Com Corporation, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of its networking products. Before joining 3Com, she held executive positions at Motorola, where she was vice president and general manager for the paging division and, prior to that post, vice president of its semiconductor products sector. Shimer worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Company before joining Motorola.
Shimer holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University. She holds board positions with Welch Allyn and the Engineering Information Foundation. Shimer is a member of the Society of Women Engineers,--she was a charter member of the Lehigh Valley Section--Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Sigma Xi, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Forum of Women Entrepreneurs and Executives. Shimer has also served as vice-chair of MentorNet, the online mentoring community designed to mentor women in the fields of engineering and science. In January 1999, Shimer was nominated by Wireless Week magazine as one of the most influential women in business. She served on the National Medal of Technology nomination evaluation committee, has authored more than 10 technical papers, and holds a U.S. patent.