WOI | 2014 Category Winners

WOI | 2014 Category Winners

WOI for certificateCONTACT:
Michael Scricca
Connecticut Technology Council
860-289-0878, x334; mscricca@ct.org


Connecticut Technology Council Presents the Winners 
of the 10th  Annual Women of Innovation Awards Event

HARTFORD, Conn., March 27, 2014. 
Fifty-nine women from across Connecticut were honored for their innovation and leadership during the tenth annual Women of Innovation awards dinner held March 27 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. The Connecticut Technology Council held the awards program to recognize women in the workforce who are innovators, role models and leaders in the fields of technology, science and engineering. Outstanding young women in high school and college were also recognized. Eight of the 59 women were recognized as winners in eight award categories.

Presenting sponsors this year were Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation, Covidien, Day Pitney LLP, and United Technologies Corporation.

“The Council honors Connecticut’s extraordinary and talented women that represent a cross section of Connecticut’s most important technology companies and educational institutions in Connecticut.” said Bruce Carlson, acting President and CEO of the Connecticut Technology Council.

The keynote speaker was Susanne Vautrinot, a highly decorated, award-winning retired Major General of the U.S. Air Force who had a successful career influencing the development and application of cyber security and space technology. Vautrinot’s experience includes her ability to lead large-scale, diverse, global organizations that operate, extend, maintain, and defend global networks. Throughout her three-decade military career, Vautrinot held many key assignments, including cyber operations, plans and policy, strategic security, space operations, acquisitions, and staff positions.  She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Symantec Corporation, the Board of Directors for Uniformed Services Benefit Association, the Air Force Doctrine Advisory Group and was on the Advisory Board of Warrior Tours and Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Here are the winners that were chosen from the 59 honorees and are listed by category:

Academic Innovation and Leadership:
Elaine Pagliaro, Grants Coordinator, University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

Ms Pagliaro has worked for almost thirty years at the Connecticut Forensic Laboratory, analyzing evidence from most of Connecticut’s major crimes and on nationally prominent cases. She is an adjunct faculty member at several universities, where she instructs students of forensic science, criminal justice and the law.


Collegian Innovation and Leadership:
Zengmin Xia, Doctoral Student, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut

Ms Xia is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UConn. Her research interests focus on biomaterials and tissue engineering. She has been working on fabrication of novel scaffolds for bone repair and methods to commercialize her research products.


Community Innovation and Leadership:
Nancy Cappello, Executive Director & Founder, Are You Dense, Inc.

Ms Capello is founder of Are You Dense, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to informing the public about dense breast tissue and its significance for the early detection of breast cancer.  Her advocacy has fueled a global movement, resulting in 14 state laws, a federal bill, and advocacy efforts in Taiwan, Japan, Puerto Rico, Israel, Canada, Italy and elsewhere.


Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership:
Ilana Odess, Founder & CEO, Woven Orthopedic Technologies, LLC

Ms Odess is a healthcare industry expert, having served as a senior executive for large multinational companies and start-ups (Chairwoman, founder, CEO, managing partner, and investment manager). Noteworthy achievements include founding three businesses acquired by multi-billion dollar medical device companies, and forming the first Johnson & Johnson operating division in Israel.


Large Business Innovation & Leadership:
Laura Smith, Director of Engineering-Combat and Weapon Systems, General Dynamics Electric Boat

Ms Smith leads over 600 engineers that focus on electronic systems, software and trainers supporting all classes of submarines. She chairs the General Dynamics Corporate Innovation Team.


Research Innovation and Leadership:
Robin Chazdon, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

Ms Chazdon is the co-author/author of over 100 scholarly publications and sole author of a new book on tropical forest regeneration. She leads an interdisciplinary research network focused on understanding the social and ecological aspects of reforestation in the tropics.


Small Business Innovation and Leadership:
Manon Cox, President and CEO, Protein Sciences Corporation

Since 2010, Ms Cox has successfully guided her company through its recent growth and successes. She serves various Boards, including Pall Bio-Pharmaceuticals, iCubed, United Way, Meriden & Wallingford, and the Education Committee of the Netherlands-America Foundation.


Youth Innovation and Leadership:
Bridget Oei, High School Senior, East Catholic High School

Ms Oei is a senior and student body president. She is a 2014 Young Arts Winner, New England Champion and world medalist in Irish dancing. She was a 2nd place Intel ISEF Grand Award Winner; two-time Grand Award Winner at the I-SWEEEP Science Olympiad; and a 2012 inductee to the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors.


About the Connecticut Technology Council

The Connecticut Technology Council (www.ct.org) is Connecticut’s industry association for the technology sector. CTC’s mission is to connect people, ideas and opportunities to the global technology and innovation community. CTC provides members with business assistance and specialized programs, in addition to promoting and supporting public policies that globally position Connecticut’s “culture of innovation” that helps attract great ideas and entrepreneurs to develop new jobs and wealth for the state.



CONTACT: Michael Scricca, Connecticut Technology Council

(860) 289-0878 x334, mscricca@ct.org


Connecticut Technology Council Announces 2014 Women of Innovation®
for the Tenth Annual Awards Program

Women innovators and leaders to be honored March 27th

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb 19, 2014 – The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) announces that 59 women have been selected as Women of Innovation® for the tenth annual Women of Innovation® Awards Program. The program recognizes women across Connecticut – those in the workforce and students – who are innovators, role models and leaders in the fields of science, technology engineering and math.

A winner in each of eight award categories will be announced during the Women of Innovation® Awards Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on March 27. The complete list of 2014 Women of Innovation is posted on the CTC website, www.ct.org. Ticket purchases and registration for the 2014 event are available online through the CTC website.

The Women of Innovation® were nominated by their peers and selected based on their professional experience, history of innovation, ability to think creatively and solve problems, and demonstration of leadership. Students were judged on inventiveness, accomplishment in science and technology, independent research, and academic achievement.

“These Connecticut women are extraordinary and outstanding contributors to their professions, to their employers, and in many cases to their communities” said Beth Alquist, planning committee chair for the Women of Innovation® Awards Program.

This year’s list of 59 women includes researchers, educators, engineers, managers, and entrepreneurs who work in biotech, pharmaceuticals, software, computer hardware, advanced materials, medical devices, and Information technology.

High school, undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary and unique achievements in their technology studies disciplines are also among the finalists. The winner in the Youth Innovation and Leadership category will receive a $4,000 scholarship from Covidien, one of the event’s presenting sponsors.

The Women of Innovation® Awards presenting sponsors are the pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation, medical device manufacturer Covidien, the law firm of Day Pitney LLP and United Technologies Corporation. Supporting Sponsors include, Capital One Bank, General Electric, Pfizer Inc, The Traveler’s Companies and VLink Inc.

Contact Mike Scricca at (860) 289-0878, ext. 334 or mscricca@ct.org with questions regarding the program or the awards dinner.

Below is a list of the 2014 Women of Innovation® with the town of residence where provided.

Eeman Abbasi, High School Student, Amity Regional High School, Orange

Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design, Yale School of Architecture

Nasreen Ali, Director of Engineering, Priceline.com

Biree Andemariam, Physician Researcher, University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Medicine

Kathy Ayers, Director of Research, Proton OnSite

Nancy Cappello, Executive Director & Founder, Are You Dense Inc.

Robin Chazdon, Professor, University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Lia Cirelli, High School Student, Joel Barlow High School

Penelope Cloft, Senior Fellow, Discipline Lead, Systems Engineering, UTC – Pratt & Whitney

Amy Comer, Manager, Mechanical Systems & External Engineering, UTC – Pratt & Whitney

Manon Cox, President and CEO, Protein Sciences Corporation

Pamela Curbelo, Partner and Co-Chair, Chemical, Material and Life Sciences Department, Cantor Colburn LLP

Theresa Devins, Associate Director, Clinical Trial Management, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Emma Dinh, High School Student, Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science, Bristol

Julie Dorsey, Professor of Computer Science, Yale University, Madison

Shelton Duelm, Senior Design Manager, UTC – Pratt & Whitney

Beverly Elliott, Director — Project Management, Comcast Cable

Kate Emery, President & CEO, The Walker Group

Mary Kay Fenton, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Achillion Pharmaceuticals

Magdalena  Fincham, Partner & Co-Founder, Fincham Downs, LLC, Ridgefield

Holly Fitch, Professor, University of Connecticut, Department of Psychology, Suffield

Yvette Fobian, Senior Director, Head of Synthesis, Biotherapeutics Chemistry, Pfizer Inc.

Elizabeth Gerber, Undergraduate Student, Department of Engineering, Trinity College

Jennifer Good, President & CEO, Trevi Therapeutics, Inc., Newtown

Lu Han, Graduate Student, PhD candidate , University of Connecticut, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cheshire

Lynne Handanyan, Vice President – Chemical Research and Development, Pfizer Inc.

Brittany Horton, High School Student, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury

Candice Hughes, CEO & Founder, AdapTac Games LLC, Darien

Zeenat Hussain, High School Student, Farmington High School, Farmington

Andreanne Johnson, Information Technology Principal Consultant, UTC-Sikorsky Aircraft, Milford

Renee Jurek, Engineer, Turbine Aerodynamics, UTC – Pratt & Whitney

Andrea Kadilak, Graduate student, University of Connecticut, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Paula Kavathas, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Inmunobiology, Yale University

Yvonne Kielhorn, CEO & Founder, Why Science LLC

Elif Kongar, Associate Professor, University of Bridgeport, Department of Technology Management and Mechanical Engineering, New Haven

Leila Ladani, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Storrs

Jan Lin, Senior Engineer, IPT Leader, UTC – Pratt & Whitney, Glastonbury

Yixin Liu, Graduate Student, University of Connecticut, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Storrs

Lynn Madden, President & CEO, APT Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Paige Mahaney, Vice President, Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery Support, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Radenka Maric, CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy, University of Connecticut, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Elizabeth Mitchell, Deputy CIPT Leader – AEP Exhaust Nozzles, UTC – Pratt & Whitney

Ilana Odess, CEO & Founder, Woven Orthopedic Technologies, LLC

Bridget Oei, High School Student, East Catholic High School, Hebron

Elaine Pagliaro, Assistant Executive Director, University of New Haven, Henry C Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Orange

Diane Pintavalle, Science Teacher, Glastonbury High School, Hebron

Katherine Pitz, Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Student, Fairfield University, School of Engineering, Millbrook

Emily Roto, Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, School of Engineering, Eastford

Amalia Rusu, Associate Professor of Software Engineering, Fairfield University, School of Engineering

Laura Smith, Director of Engineering-Combat and Weapon Systems, General Dynamics Electric Boat

Lisa Starkey, Next Generation Product Family Engine Repair Manager, UTC – Pratt & Whitney

Ellen Sun, Group Leader, Advanced Materials, United Technologies Research Center

Carol Teschke, Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Glastonbury

Marija Trcka, Senior Research Scientist, United Technologies Research Center

Allison Tuttle, Senior Director of Animal Care, Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation

Jennifer Wolf, M.D., Associate Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Zengmin Xia, Graduate Student, University of Connecticut, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Mengjie Zhu, High School Student, Farmington High School, Farmington

Severine Zygmont, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Oxford Performance Materials, LLC


About The Connecticut Technology Council

The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology oriented companies and institutions, providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building and assistance for growing companies. Speaking for over 2,000 companies that employ some 200,000 residents, the Connecticut Technology Council seeks to provide a strong and urgent voice in support of the creation of a culture of innovation. This includes working to position Connecticut as a leader in idea creation, workforce preparation, entrepreneurial aptitude, early stage risk capital availability and providing on-going support and mentoring to high potential firms. For more information, visit www.ct.org.


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