Medical Device Testing Services
Medical Device Testing Services

About Us

Key Staff

Kent Vilendrer

Medical Device Testing Manager

Kent Vilendrer (M.S., MBA), co-founder of Medical Device Testing Services, has been involved in materials testing applications since 1978. He started out with MTS Systems Corporation as a Design Engineer and worked his way up to a Systems Engineer position developing and building high speed servohydraulic systems for the aerospace, power generation and medical device industries. As a Project and Applications Engineer within the MTS Material Test Division, Kent worked closely with customers in determining their test needs and providing targeted solutions to meet those requirements.

In 1986 Kent left MTS to become the Business Development Manager of Interlaken Technology, where he played a key role in redirecting the company's focus from a consulting firm to a material test equipment manufacturing company. Kent was instrumental in the development of their Series 3000 Material Test Instruments which featured a novel control system.

Kent left Interlaken in 1990 to co-found EnduraTEC Systems Corporation specializing in the development of novel material test instruments and offering contract testing services to the medical device community. Over the next 14 years the company had many industry firsts including:

  • The first material test system where all of the controls were housed in an IBM personal computer
  • The first servopneumatic fatigue test system
  • The first stent test system which featured twin linear motor driven pumps and a radial strain transducer
  • The first linear motor high speed fatigue tester through a unique partnership with Bose Corporation leveraging frictionless Bose actuators

In 2004, the equipment manufacturing part of EnduraTEC was sold to Bose Corporation, and the group was subsequently renamed the Bose ElectroForce Group (now part of TA Instruments). EnduraTEC's contract testing business was retained and renamed to Medical Device Testing Services. 

Kent's efforts in the material testing industry have led to the development of new test instruments, standards and protocols. He has been a member of the stent task groups for both ISO and ASTM and is involved in instrument, controls, and fixturing research and development projects on an ongoing basis. His technical knowledge base remains a critical asset to the organization and is highly valued by customers.

Kent holds a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering Design from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Kent holds 6 patents in materials testing, bioreactor designs, fatigue test systems and test fixtures including the original patent 5,670,708 for the 9100 Series Stent Graft Testers used by MDT and now sold by the ElectroForce Group of TA Instruments. He has several patents pending, is continuously developing novel designs, and welcomes partnership opportunities that advance the field of medical device testing.

Kristen Lipschultz

Department Manager

Kristen (B.S.) has been working with MDT since 2012 and is responsible for coordinating lab scheduling and customer communications, overseeing calibration and quality standards and ensuring well-designed test protocols.  Prior to joining MDT, she worked at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory of the US Department of Energy characterizing polycrystalline optical materials.  

Kristen holds a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering specializing in polymers and ceramics along with a minor in Bioengineering from Iowa State University.  

Peggy Wittenberg

Quality Manager

Peggy Wittenberg, Quality Manager for Medical Device Testing Services, has the lead role in maintaining the high quality testing procedures of MDT and A2LA (American Association of Laboratory Accreditation). She has completed the ISO/IEC 17025 Lead Assessor training course, a comprehensive instruction series for the ISO/IEC 17025 quality standard.

Peggy studied business at Mankato University. She joined MDT in 2006.

Calvin Chao

Principal Engineer

Calvin Chao (M.S., B.S.), Principal Engineer for Medical Device Testing, joined MDT in 2001, and plays an instrumental role in the hands on performance of the company's Test Services.  Calvin's broad experience base encompasses test system design and specification.  He oversees custom fixture design, testing protocol development and the many nuances of day-to-day test performance. 

Calvin holds both M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the South China University of Technology and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.

Jeff Loftus

Project Engineer

Jeff leverages his strong software & design background to develop custom fixture models and test configurations for MDT. He previously worked as a Design Engineer at Barko Hydraulics, a heavy equipment group, where he helped design and manufacture material loaders. Jeff graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He completed his Senior work-study project at Graco Pump in Minneapolis, where he designed and implemented a fully automated machine that helped cut 95% of setup time in the working cell.


Scott Strampe


Scott has worked with MDT since 2008 building custom grips and fixtures for adapting MDT’s equipment inventory to customer test programs.  Scott oversees MDT's in-house fully-equipped machine shop that includes two CNC mills.  Scott attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and has been around the machine tool industry for over 30 years having built and rebuilt precision optical instruments that utilized air bearings with 1 millionth inch repeatability.  Scott’s varied background includes machining, welding and electronic repair.  

Janine Keller

Business Administrator

Janine (B.S.) joined MDT in 2015. Janine is responsible for managing the client experience at Element Materials Technology Minnetonka, procurement, accounts payable, and organizing office operations and procedures. Previously, Janine worked as Office Manager for Associated Merchandising Corporation and HR Manager at Target Corporation. Janine graduated with a B.S. from Johnson & Wales University.