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Date:  Wed, July 21, 2021
Time:  6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location:  online, email for details
Speaker:  Iris Takamatsu

Sponsored by University of Hawaii IEEE Student Branch and IEEE Hawaii Joint Electron Device Society & Solid State Circuit Chapter


Biomedical Healthcare is the most recent of technologies that are changing the world.  Global Healthcare advancements in improved pharmaceuticals, public health systems, and other scientific medical technologies increased global life expectancy to greater than 72 yrs of age in most developed countries.  Contemporary medical innovations include, Gene therapy, Cancer research and treatment, Advancement of Palliative Care, Diabetes Medications and Monitoring.  Over several decades, electronics has played a key part in delivering life changing benefits to enhance lives of millions of patients globally.  The business of healthcare, where the information revolution meets medical care enables the connectivity of technologies for medical diagnostic equipment, devices, and patient care systems to be accessible any day and anywhere through digital systems and personal smart devices.  This new innovative Healthcare culture creates more opportunities for Engineers in a variety of disciplines.  This is an exciting time as we witness the convergence and increased opportunity for the fields of Biomedical Engineering and the Healthcare Industry.  


Ms. Iris Takamatsu, University of Hawaii College of Engineering Alumni, graduated with a B.S.E.E. (’84), M.S.E.E. (’88) and HKN Honor Society lifetime member.  Iris recently retired from Medtronic after 17+ years.  In 2002, Iris transitioned from the Semiconductor Industry to lead the Vitatron, Netherland-based European subsidiary of Medtronic, digital pacemaker product development team in Tempe, Arizona.  Her success as a Sr. Program Manager resulted in a promotion to Director of Product Development for all Cardiac Rhythm Management and Neuromodulation Implantable Devices.  Iris drove cross-functional partnerships and collaboratively accelerated development execution across Medtronic R&D organizations.  She later became the Director of Global Test Engineering providing 24/7 global production test system support and R&D test solution development.  And finally, Iris was the Sr. Director of Manufacturing Operations in Tempe, AZ leading a cross functional production, process, and automation organization manufacturing all electronic circuit boards for the Medtronic implantable devices as well as developing new processes and miniaturized packaging technologies.

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