2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Steve Spadt


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Steve Spadt, chief technology officer for the American College of Physicians, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Spadt earned his bachelor of science in computer engineering in 1993 and his master of science in biomedical engineering, both from Penn State. For his graduate work, he received a research fellowship to study in the Artificial Heart and Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

He spent his early career consulting on small technology, where he said he discovered his insatiable problem-solving spirit was inherently oriented towards improving health. Since then, Spadt has focused on maximizing the value of technology to improve health care, the lives of physicians and the health of their patients.

In Spadt’s current role at the American College of Physicians, his responsibilities span a wide breadth of domains, including product and service design, strategic direction and operational execution. Spadt’s primary functional roles include technology architecture and project leadership for a large portfolio of digital products, e-learning and credentialing platforms, hybrid events, virtual communities and physician experience platforms, as well as the IT infrastructures that drive the organization. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Spadt’s division of 60 technology professionals powers the largest specialty society in the United States, serving more than 160,000 members in more than 150 countries.

In service to Penn State, Spadt has been actively engaged with the Department of Biomedical Engineering since 2016. He has served two terms on and co-chaired the department’s Industrial and Professional Advisory Council. During this time, he has mentored several graduate and undergraduate students.

Spadt also said that his legacy at Penn State is flourishing, as his daughter, Lauren, is a Schreyer Scholar who is completing her third year as a biomedical engineering major. She is on track to enter medical school upon graduation. His son, Evan, is in high school and shares his father’s problem-solving spirit. He is currently considering a future in mechanical engineering.  


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