Outstanding Young Engineering Graduates

J. Christopher Condit

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B.S. Electrical Engineering 2004, M.S. Biomedical Engineering 2011
Senior R&D Engineer, Abbott Neuromodulation
Founder, Texas 4000 for Cancer

Chris Condit is the founder of Texas 4000 for Cancer and is a senior R&D engineer at Abbott Neuromodulation, where he has also held clinical and marketing roles.

Condit filed his first patent in laser imaging as an undergraduate researcher at the university. This patent was licensed by medical device startup CardioSpectra, which Condit joined as an R&D engineer after graduating. After CardioSpectra, he returned to UT Austin to continue his education and joined Abbott Neuromodulation, a biomedical engineering company, upon completing his master’s degree. During his time at Abbott, Condit has helped develop and launch several major product platforms, including an industry-first implantable deep brain stimulation system programmed and controlled wirelessly using Apple devices. He is an inventor on six issued or pending patents and a co-author on nine journal publications.

At the age of 11, Condit was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His experience as a cancer survivor eventually led him to found Texas 4000 for Cancer, a 4,000- mile charity bike ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, focused on raising funds for cancer research while cultivating students to become non-profit leaders. Condit founded Texas 4000 while he was a student, and 43 UT Austin students participated in the inaugural ride in 2004 and raised $112,000 for the American Cancer Society. Since then, over 750 Longhorns have completed the ride, raising over $8 million in the fight against cancer.

Condit remains active on the board of Texas 4000 and has helped direct the millions of dollars raised by Texas 4000 to cancer research at UT Austin’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, UT Southwestern in Dallas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, UT Austin’s Dell Medical School and other institutions. In recognition of his efforts, Condit was inducted into the university’s Friar Society and was selected as one of the “125 Extraordinary Exes” of UT Austin by the Texas Exes Alumni Association.

Condit lives in Austin with his wife, Mandy, who earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UT Austin in 2005 and is a co-founder of Texas 4000. They have two daughters, Raquel and Lucy.

DEG Honorees

A "Distinguished Engineering Graduate" (DEG) is a graduate who has presented him or herself to the world as a consummate professional and dedicated engineer. Learn more about past DEG honorees.