David Rhees, PhD

David Rhees

David Rhees

MDI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania

Master of Arts in History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor of Arts in Religion/English Literature
Guilford College


David Rhees is a historian of science and medicine whose specialty is the evolution of medical technology in Minnesota and beyond. He holds a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the executive director of The Bakken Museum for 23 years and led the expansion of the museum into an award-winning center for science education and for historical research on the medical applications of electricity. While at The Bakken he led an oral history project on Minnesota’s “Medical Alley” – one of the world’s leading clusters of medical device firms -- and has conducted more than 80 audio and video interviews with leaders of the industry. He assisted the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention with an exhibit on Medical Alley at the National Museum of American History (opened in 2015). He is the co-editor of the book Dreaming On With Earl Bakken (2014). 


M.S. in Medical Device Innovation

Teaching Subjects
Medical Device Industry Macro Environment (MDI 5012)