Tim Kline

Senior Software Engineer

Experience in the field

  • Software Lead on a cardiac surgery instrument

  • Led the design effort and developed code for our company’s flagship electrosurgical generator

  • Software Architect and lead on a handheld electrosurgical generator

  • Software lead and primary developer on a battery charger for a handheld ultrasonic electrosurgery device

  • Developed software for a remote monitoring and control of an electrosurgical generator

  • Developed embedded softwrare for several medical diagnostic devices and a cataract surgery device

  • Software lead on a phone controlled (IVR) front end to a hospital critical path management system

  • Implemented Microsoft Active Directory user authentification and password management for a hospital critical path management system

  • Integration lead for a medical device connectivity system

  • Developed software for an insulin pump

  • Led a software V&V project for an IV compounder

  • Non-magnetic robotic surgical system for use in MRI

  • Dry powder inhaler for asthma medication

  • Blood glucose meter

  • Bacterial DNA analyzer

  • Several in-vitro diagnostic systems

Non-medical experience includes:
  • Programmable logic controllers for industrial paint systems

  • Automation of mechanical design at an industrial paint system company

  • Industrial paint systems and power and free conveyors

What do you like about working at a company that designs medical products?

I love knowing that my work will improve and possibly save people’s lives. For me this provides more satisfaction and more motivation than just collecting a paycheck.

What do you like about working at Tensentric?

The engineering team is outstanding. The work is exactly what I want to be doing. And the freedom to work from home and to work non-standard hours are hard to beat.

What unique set of skills do you bring to Tensentric?

In addition to having written many different types of software, I have a lot of experience in mechanical engineering, and have done some V&V as well. Prior to Tensentric I worked at a similar medical device company for 15 years. There I developed many different types of medical devices from large laboratory diagnostic systems to consumer medical devices. I’ve also worked with many different types of companies from large established corporations to small startups.

What hobbies or non-work activities are you most passionate about?

Hiking! I love long hikes up steep mountains. Since I started keeping track in the early 2000s, I’ve hiked over 2-1/2 million feet of elevation gain and more than 8,000 miles. The scenery and wildlife are spectacular around here.

Scuba diving has been great too. I’ve especially enjoyed encounters with manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, octopuses, sea lions, and all kinds of bizarre life forms. Night dives are especially cool in some places.

Hang gliding was my greatest passion. Soaring over the mountains thousands of feet off the ground, sometimes at cloudbase, has been the highlight of my life so far.

Where were you born/where did you grow up?

Born in Pennsylvania. Grew up in California and Wisconsin. Moved to Colorado almost 30 years ago.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

In order: Ornithologist, paleontologist, hippie, archaeologist, park ranger, engineer.