She was the first female Electrical Engineer at the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina and then, the first PhD in Telecommunication Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, on “Automatic External Defibrillation and Mechanisms Associated to the Resuscitation” in 1988. She was also the first female to become a full professor of Telecommunication and Bioengineering in Spain (2001), and the only one for more than ten years in the country. She is one of the founders (1977) of the Argentinean Society of Biomedical Engineering (SABI), and the first SABI Secretary. Always a pioneer in the field, she is currently Full Professor at the Bioengineering and Photonics Department of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). She is also the Director of Latin-American Affairs at UPM and the Director of the Vodafone Chair for Healthcare and e-Inclusion since 2002.
The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to support health and social inclusion, through the promotion of welfare and quality of life of people is Maria Teresa’s passion. In 1995, she founded the Life Supporting Technologies, an international excellence research team dedicated to the research and development of the Ambient Intelligence Paradigm to prevent, care and promote the health of people and the support for social inclusion and independent living.