Matt Burtt - 2017 BAE Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

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2017 Alumni Honors


BAE 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award Winner - Matt Burtt

Matthew "Matt" Burtt (BS, Biosystems Engineering, 2009) was awarded the Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Matt Burtt is a Quality Assurance Manager of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for all Oncology with AbbVie.  Matt interned in the pharma industry at Abbott in North Chicago, IL over the summer of 2008, which he credits for launching his career. After he completed his degree with a biomedical engineering focus, Matt went to work at Abbott full-time as a Quality Engineer trainee. This program gave him the opportunity to experience several different business units, including pharma, medical device, and nutritional products.  In 2011, Matt completed the rotational development program and transitioned into Research and Development Quality Assurance (RDQA). His start in the internal services and process improvement group gave Matt exposure across a diverse set of highly specialized Quality Units supporting all phases of the drug development lifecycle. Through the planned separation of the Abbott pharma business unit from the broader healthcare business units and part of becoming AbbVie, Matt also saw a personal transition into the ever-changing world of clinical research. He quickly gained expertise and training as a Program Manager and eventually took on responsibility for the Quality Assurance oversight of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for all Oncology studies in late 2013.

As part of his personal development Matt completed his Master of Business Administration in 2016 at Loyola University of Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business, as part of an Executive MBA program designed for high-potential, working professionals. Throughout his career Matt has built a unique and strong network both internally and externally and has leveraged this to achieve positive results along the way, including two Research and Development President’s Awards for teams he participated on.

Matt is an avid sports fan with a passion for MSU football and basketball, but when there is not a game on he can be found on the water wakeboarding or on a mountain snowboarding! He has been married for five years to his wife, Renee, who is a fellow Spartan he met as an undergrad. They have been driving career growth for themselves since graduation. They both travel frequently for work and use travel points to take long weekends away and family vacations whenever possible!