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Medtronic executive among St. Kate’s Commencement speakers

Rebecca Bergman will give the Baccalaureate Commencement address on May 24.
Rebecca Bergman will give the Baccalaureate Commencement address on May 24.
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Rebecca Bergman, former vice president of research, technology and therapy delivery systems for Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management at Medtronic, Inc., will give St. Catherine University’s Baccalaureate Commencement address at 2 p.m. on May 24.

Bergman, who served on St. Catherine’s Board of Trustees, has spent the past 26 years, including the last 14 years as a senior executive, at Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology. In addition to leading a research and development team of scientists and engineers, she previously served as vice president of new therapies and diagnostics as well as vice president of corporate science and technology.

Her career takes on a new direction on July 1. Bergman will officially become the 17th president — and first woman president — in the 152-year history of Gustavus Adolphus College. She has served on the college’s Board of Trustees since 2007.

Bergman, who hails from Allentown, Pa., received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1978 and undertook graduate study in a Ph.D. program in chemical engineering and material science at the University of Minnesota. 

She has received a number of Medtronic’s highest technical and leadership awards during her tenure with the company. In 2010, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2001 was named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Bergman serves on the Board of Directors of Sigma-Aldrich, the Board of Directors of The Bakken Museum, and on a number of academic advisory boards. She previously served on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health.


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May 19, 2014 by Pauline Oo

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