Belfast Telegraph

Ulster grad Rebecca joins elite of cardiac medicine in America

By Lesley Houston

A woman from Northern Ireland has become the first female engineer to join an elite board of directors in the US which governs the field of cardiac medicine.

Rebecca Di Maio is also the youngest person to be elected on to the board of the International Society for Computerised Electrocardiology (ISCE) Board.

The clinical research manager at HeartSine Technologies, who hails from Ballymena, holds a PhD in Bio Medical Engineering from the University of Ulster and will take up her role on the board whose headquarters are located in Florida.

The board focuses on bringing together leading industry specialists from around the world, with expertise from both clinicians and engineers, to study the most effective and advanced treatment of cardiac conditions.

Rebecca said it was an honour to be appointed:

"There are only 15 people on the board from across the world so it's really fantastic to be involved at such a high level."

Her employer, HeartSine Technologies, is the only company to design, develop and manufacture Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the UK or Ireland.

The lifesaving devices are manufactured in Belfast and are used in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Rebecca works with fellow ISCE board member Dewar Finlay, PhD, a senior lecturer at the Computer Science Research Institute at the University of Ulster.

Dr Finlay will be chairing the ISCE conference next year in Florida, and will engage with Rebecca's sub-committee findings from previous years' attendees and recently graduated engineering professionals to improve the mix of conference attendees and also to improve their experience of the conference.

Belfast Telegraph