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Odyssey Alumni around the world have continued solving problems using the creativity and divergent thinking skills learned during their time in Odyssey of the Mind. Below, enjoy reading a few success stories, and let us know of other alumni accomplishments using the form provided!  We would love to feature more successful alumni around the world!




Odyssey Alum: Dr. Mary Killackey

Profession: Chair of the Department of Surgery, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Tulane University Medical center

Dr. Killackey always knew she wanted to become a doctor, and to her, "medicine is problem solving all the time, and I am an obsessed problem solver." After many years competing and several trips to world finals, Dr. Killackey attended Columbia College were she obtained her undergraduate and doctorate degrees. Since then, she has applied her skills to become an accomplished surgeon, professor, and department leader, currently working at Tulane University in New Orleans. 

Check out the videos below for how Odyssey of the Mind has impacted Dr. Killackey's career, her thoughts on creativity in the field of medicine, and much more!

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Odyssey Alum: Dr. Eric Corndorf

Profession: VP of Research and Development - Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure, Medtronic

Eric grew up tinkering, and Odyssey of the Mind was a perfect outlet for his inventing. He with his team members built elaborate and technical solutions to Odyssey of the Mind problems, earning Ranatra Fuscas and World Finals medals. He attended the University of Michigan where he majored in electrical engineering and then obtained his PhD from Northwestern University in electrical engineering, studying quantum optics and quantum cryptography (he's a smart guy!)

Eric has spent his career at Medtronic, on of the world's largest medical device manufactures. In his roles he has developed numerous medical devices which save lives and provide crucial diagnostic information to doctors. He has worked on and submitted numerous patents and enjoys leading teams to solve complex problems. 

Dr. Mary Killackey - Interview Highlights
Dr. Mary Killackey - Impact on Career
Dr. Mary Killackey - Memorable Moment Clip