Heriot-Watt alumna Dr Suzanne Costello, who studied for both her Physics undergraduate degree and her Engineering doctorate at Heriot-Watt, has been elected Chair of the UK chapter of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS); the first woman to hold the role.
IMAPS is the largest Society dedicated to the advancement and growth of microelectronics, electronics packaging and related sectors. The Society has created a global network with more than 8,000 worldwide members; the United Kingdom Chapter of IMAPS was the first international Chapter and continues to maintain strong links with other European countries, the USA and Asia.
Dr Costello, who studied with Professor Marc Desmulliez, is a Senior Development Scientist at MCS Ltd, Roslin, solving materials, manufacturing and reliability problems for the electronics industry.
On taking up this prestigious Chair, Dr Costello said: "I feel very privileged to be the first female Chair of IMAPS-UK but I do think this is long overdue! With only three female IMAPS-UK committee members of 14, we still have some way to go to achieve equal representation.
"Diversity is critical for IMAPS-UK’s success and we encourage the new generation of engineers entering our industry to get involved in the running of IMAPS-UK and to participate in our technical events and activities.”
Professor Marc Desmulliez said “I am delighted to see Suzanne rise so quickly in her profession, and this most recent role highlights her as an important role model in the field of engineering, where we are striving to see women appropriately represented.”