Title: Project Director
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Christine Pidgeon Anderson, PhD, Project Director at Westat, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in project development.
With more than 35 years of professional experience, Dr. Anderson has been an esteemed figure as a project director of Westat since 2001. In this position, she works with research companies and organizations to institute methods of development to conduct research into drugs designed to treat cancer, HIV, and infectious diseases. In addition, she manages clinical trials of drugs that have already been developed. Prior to this role, she served as a program manager consultant for Intermedics, Inc., a major developer of pacemakers, and a consultant with Applied Logic Associates. Earlier in her career, Dr. Anderson acted in several other positions with Intermedics, Inc., including design engineer, program manager, and senior program manager.
Alongside her professional endeavors, Dr. Anderson previously served as a panel member of the clinical operations sessions with the Annual Presidential Career Symposium for the Texas Medical Center in 2014, as well as a session chair at Cardiostem in 1984. A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, she has also maintained membership with the Project Management Institute.
A prolific author, Dr. Anderson has written several articles in professional journals regarding the healthcare community, including “Stimulation techniques” through Futura Publishing Company in 1985, “The quantitative correlation of spinal evoked potentials with spinal cord damage” through the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia in 1982, and “The quantitative correlation of spinal cord damage with spinal evoked potentials” through the Orthopedic Research Society in 1980.
Dr. Anderson commenced her career due to her interest in both biology and mathematics, finding that biomedical engineering was best suited to fit her areas of expertise. She received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, cum laude, at Duke University in 1976. Studying at the University of Virginia, she obtained a Master of Engineering in 1979 and a Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical engineering in 1982. Dr. Anderson prides herself on having been the first woman to receive a PhD in biomedical engineering at her alma mater, and she was also the first woman to be hired by Intermedics, Inc. As a young woman in the south in the 1970s and 1980s, she faced several obstacles in the male-dominated field; however, she rose against the odds and has established herself as a prominent figure in her industry.
In recognition of her exceptional achievements, Dr. Anderson has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. She was awarded a Public Health Service Traineeship from the University of Virginia from 1977 to 1979, as well as a University Fellowship at the school from 1976 to 1977. In addition, she was named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who in 2017. Married to Wayne Michael Anderson since 1976, Dr. Anderson is the proud mother of two children and enjoys skiing, traveling, and gardening in her spare time.
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