Robert L. Zimmerman

Title: Senior Research Manager (Retired)
Company:  Maritz Market Research
Location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Robert L. Zimmerman, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in research.

With a strong scientific background and nationally recognized accomplishments in the field, Dr. Zimmerman is a highly respected research professional in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His career has spanned multiple disciplines of science and enabled him to amass 45 years of experience before retiring in 2013. He concluded his career as a senior research manager for Maritz Market Research. Dr. Zimmerman found success in this role for 29 years after having already achieved much success in former noteworthy roles. Previously, he served as a private consultant for research design and data analysis, senior scientist for the biometrics laboratory at George Washington University, research associate for the psychiatry research unit at the University of Minnesota and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.

His expertise in the field of research led Dr. Zimmerman to projects outside of his full-time work that had an impact on his industry. He was often asked to teach at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis as an adjunct clinical assistant professor for the psychiatry department.  He was also afforded the opportunity to be an external review officer for the Food and Drug Administration. To share his expertise with his industry on a national scale, Dr. Zimmerman contributed numerous articles to professional journals. He was also very involved in such industry organizations as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and ACLU.

In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Dr. Zimmerman was elected as a fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health five times. He was also named a merit fellow by the State of Minnesota. When asked of his success, Dr. Zimmerman credits the education he received at the University of Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1954, a Master of Arts in 1965 and a PhD in 1970. When advising professionals early in their career, he shares the piece of wisdom that helped him find success in his career: “Doubt the obvious.” While this advice can be transferrable to many industries, Dr. Zimmerman notes that it is especially important for those in the scientific field.

In his retirement, Dr. Zimmerman loves to write as it allows him to express his creativity in a way that wasn’t needed in his scientific career. Under the pseudo name R. Leaurenz, Dr. Zimmerman has self-published five novels titled “The Puzzle,” “Last Rites,” “Prodromal: Incident in Mbandaka,” “Kendra,” and “Now or Never.” In the future, Dr. Zimmerman intends to continue writing while taking on passion projects that spark his interest.

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