STEM Professional of the week

Rosa Rodriguez-Rivera      
Boston Scientific

Rosa Rodriguez-Rivera's talent for science and technology was evident as a child. Born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico to parents who instilled in her the value of an education and the importance of dreaming big, Rosa excelled in math, science and technical courses, and quickly set herself up for a future in the sciences.

With the support of her parents and counsel from her teachers, Rosa decided that a career in engineering would be her destiny by the time she was in middle school. Encouragement, will, and a desire to apply technical theory in practical applications made engineering a natural choice. Rosa attended the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez where she completed a rigorous course load in computer engineering, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2004. During her years as an undergraduate, a recruiter from Guidant Corporation, now Boston Scientific, recognized her talent and offered her a position with the leading medical device developer as an electrical engineer. This opportunity meant that Rosa would not only begin to meet her destiny as an engineer but also that she would be leaving her native Puerto Rico and move to Minnesota – an opportunity she welcomed.

Once settled, Rosa decided to strengthen her leadership skills and in 2006, she enrolled in the Carlson School of Management’s MBA program at the University of Minnesota. Four years later, with an MBA in hand, Rosa embarked on a new opportunity by way of a job transfer that allowed her to capitalize on her new management skills as a Senior Business Analyst/Project Manager. Since then, Rosa has supported next generation engineering products for Boston Scientific. She is very successful at defining and re-engineering business systems or information systems processes with the purpose of increasing efficiency. Her engineering expertise and leadership skills are instrumental in the development of sophisticated test methods and systems for microelectronic components or hybrids used in implantable medical devices. Specifically, Rosa saves lives by working on cardiac pacemakers.

Understanding the need for student from underserved communities to enter STEM fields, Rosa is a strong advocate in her community, and hopes to empower and advance students in STEM through mentoring by providing them with genuine connections. For over five years, Rosa held the role of primary leader for Boston Scientific's Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement (HOLA) Employee Resource Group (ERG). Under her leadership, Rosa guided this volunteer based ERG to success. While she’s stepped down from the role to allow opportunity for others to flourish and reinvent the HOLA brand, she is still a leader and mentor to the organization. Rosa actively participates in diversity recruiting events, mentorship programs, and learning workshops.

Rosa is enjoying a fruitful career as a young engineer. She holds family in high regards and makes a concerted effort to connect with family and friends each year by visiting her home in Puerto Rico.

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