Alumni Steven McConnell Creating Better Quality of Life for Elderly

Steven McConnell, Class of 2003 graduate, is currently working with a team on designing a heart valve to create a better quality of life for the elderly at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine.


After graduating from Servite High School in 2007, Steven attended the University of Southern California. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2011 and a master’s degree in 2013 in the subject area of Mechanical Engineering with a Design Emphasis. During his time at USC, he was an environmental test lab intern at SoCal Testing where he assisted in designing and constructing fabricated test equipment. From there he interned at Beckman Coulter and assisted in the design of high voltage probe attachment for capillary electrophoresis unit field testing, and was also a research assistant at the USC Combustion and Fuels Lab.


Steven has worked for Edwards Lifesciences since May of 2011, where he began as a critical care contract mechanical engineer and then as an advanced technology contract mechanical engineer. Today his official title is engineer II; he is currently designing a cardiovascular medical device for elderly patients to improve their quality of life.