Gerald Hefferman is a physician, engineering researcher, industrial designer, and entrepreneur who works at the confluence of medicine, engineering, and design.

Gerry's most recent work has been as CEO of Sciolux Technologies, which he co-founded in order to bring breakthrough fiber optic sensor systems to the wider commercial market. Using proprietary laser technology, their system has the potential to make distributed strain and temperature measurements along the length of an optical fiber sensor with unrivaled speed, energy efficiency, and robustness, all at far lower cost than competing technologies.

A graduate of the Industrial Design program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Gerry has a broad range of design experience. His work has included fabricating and testing a prototypical commuter car in New York, creating sustainable bamboo toy designs on-site in Germany and Eastern China, and designing exhibitry for museums in New York, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Gerry has also designed, illustrated, and typeset a new guide to rehabilitation after total hip arthroplasty, and began preliminary design work for an assistive device for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Gerry has also worked as a teaching assistant in both Physics and Organic Chemistry during his time as a Health Careers Program student at the Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, MA. He has spent the past several years as a biomedical and electrical engineering research assistant at two University of Rhode Island engineering labs.

In 2014, Gerry joined the class of 2018/2019 as a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.