Women of Innovation | Event Recap 2012

2012 Women of Innovation® Gala
March 1, 2012 – Event Info & Register, click here.

Fifty-three innovative, outstanding women from across Connecticut were honored on Thursday, March 1st 2012, during the eighth annual Women of Innovation awards dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. The awards program, sponsored by the Connecticut Technology Council, recognizes women in the workforce and at the high school and college levels, who are innovators, role models and leaders in the technology, science and engineering fields. More than 500 guests attended the 2011 event.

The 2012 Finalists

Official Press Releases

The Story
The Jana Moak Scholarship
The 2012 Planning Committee
Girls of Innovation

The 2012 Finalists by Category

Introducing the 2012 finalists, each and every one an outstanding woman working in Science and Technology:


Academic Innovation and Leadership

Academic Innovation and Leadership
Susan Brown, Teacher

Applied Technology
New Haven Public Schools-Mauro Sheridan Magnet School
Susan Brown is a science, technology, and robotics teacher for middle school students in New Haven, CT. She adores teaching children how to think, create, and find their authentic ‘selves’. Her past careers as an author, college educator, business owner in advertising and fitness, have given her the opportunity to work with youth to find their way through education and their passions. She created an award winning robotics program and instituted a Women in Engineering partnership. She is team lead for her school’s NASA Explorer Program, and is a recipient of numerous education awards and Michael Jordan Fundamentals Grants.

Academic Innovation and Leadership
Joan Feigenbaum, The Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science
Yale University

Joan Feigenbaum received an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. Her research interests include Internet algorithmics, security and privacy, massive-data-set algorithmics, and the interplay of economics and computation. She is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery and was an invited speaker at the 1998 International Congress of Mathematicians.

Academic Innovation and Leadership
Sally Hill, Principal Designer
Eli Whitney Museum
At age five, Sally Hill began appropriating her mother’s The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzles to pencil constructions of the squares. She has loved grids ever since. Sally trained in graphic design at Yale just as the computer equipped the profession with powerful tools. Now she converts 20 years of learning project designs at the EWM into the 3D grids of CNC production while introducing her undergraduate graphic design students to the art of layering information with traditional and modern book folds.

Sally Hill
Academic Innovation and Leadership
Diane Corcoran Pintavalle, Teacher, Public High School
Glastonbury High School

Diane Corcoran Pintavalle teaches science at Glastonbury HS. Diane created the infrastructure needed for students to conduct authentic scientific research. She has built an extensive network of practicing scientists from universities, hospitals and industry who serve as mentors. Diane is a member of CSTA, serves on the executive committee for CTJSHS, and was recognized by CASL for collaborating to advance student learning. Diane holds degrees in Biology from CCSU and recently earned the M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan.

Diane Pintavalle
Academic Innovation and Leadership
Leslie Shor, Assistant Professor
University of Connecticut

Leslie Shor is a chemical engineer working to improve our environment. As the first woman faculty member in the 50-year history of UConn’s Chemical Engineering department, Leslie oversees several research projects aimed at understanding and replicating microbial habitat that are relevant to a variety of large-scale, global issues. Dr. Shor is mentoring four student teams conducting microbial research in her laboratory. Dr. Shor’s interest in microstructured habitats led to the UConn School of Engineering’s first EFRI (Engineering Frontiers Research Initiative) award.

Leslie Shor

Academic Innovation and Leadership
Emily Wilson, Geospatial Technologies Specialist
University of Connecticut, Center for Land Use Education
Emily Wilson is a Geospatial Educator with the Center for Land Use Education and Research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UConn. She promotes and supports the use of geospatial data (maps, aerial and satellite imagery and other geographically-referenced information) and technology. She conducts applied research to make the results usable and available to local land use decision-makers and the public through education, technical training and the development of interactive websites.


Collegian Innovation and Leadership

Collegian Innovation and Leadership
Ramona Georgescu, Graduate Student
University of Connecticut

Ramona Georgescu received her B.A.s in Computer Science and Physics from Connecticut College in 2004 and her M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2007. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Connecticut, working under the direction of Dr. Peter Willett. Her area of interest is statistical signal processing, with a focus on estimation and multi-target tracking.

Ramona Georgescu
Collegian Innovation and Leadership
Heather Leask, Undergraduate Student
University of Connecticut

Heather Leask is an aspiring chemical engineer currently attending the University of Connecticut. She began researching memristor electrical components at UConn in high school. She is currently researching mechanical properties of hydrogels at UMass and is co-authoring a paper for publication this year. Outside of her academics, Heather is an avid long distance runner. She completed a marathon in Philadelphia in November and is training for the D.C. Marathon in March 2012.

Collegian Innovation and Leadership
Janet Paulsen, Graduate Student
University of Connecticut

Janet Paulsen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Connecticut in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department with an emphasis in medicinal chemistry. Her accomplishments include the development of new antimycotics to treat prevalent infectious diseases using a structure-based drug design approach. In 2011, she was selected for a highly competitive internship at Merck where she made an impact on the development of pharmaceuticals to combat the ever growing HIV epidemic.

Collegian Innovation and Leadership
Chaitanya Sankavaram, Graduate Student
University of Connecticut

Chaitanya Sankavaram is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. She received her B.Tech. degree and worked for two years at Wipro Technologies, India. Her research focuses on fault diagnosis and prognosis in automotive systems. She authored/co-authored a book chapter, eleven scientific publications and secured IEEE Best New Technology Paper Award, UConn’s Graduate Fellowship, the Outstanding Achievement Award two consecutive years at Wipro) and the Governor’s Excellence Award.

Chaitanya Sankavaram
Collegian Innovation and Leadership
Nicole Wagner, Graduate Student/Chief Executive Officer
University of Connecticut/LambdaVision Inc.

Nicole Wagner is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut under the direction of Dr. Robert Birge. She entered the program in 2007, and spent much of her graduate career working on optimizing retinal-containing proteins for device applications. Her research efforts played an integral role in the proof of concept studies that helped found LambdaVision Incorporated in May 2009. Nicole joined the LambdaVision team as CEO in early 2011.

Nicole_Wagner

Community Innovation and Leadership

Community Innovation and Leadership
Dionne Henry, Repair Develop Engineer
Pratt & Whitney

Dionne Henry is a 12-year veteran at Pratt & Whitney, providing repair development expertise to commercial aircraft engine customers world-wide. Decisions made in this leadership role directly contribute to flight safety. A dedicated humanitarian and volunteer; she is currently chairperson of CPEP’s Board of Directors. She spearheads the growing non-profit that designs programs to promote interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for under-served youth in CT. Additionally, Dionne has aided schoolchildren and families as one of the Church Missionaries to Guatemala last summer. “I want to inspire young adults to embrace STEM disciplines.”

Dionne Henry
Community Innovation and Leadership
Kim McFadden, Systems Engineering
Pratt & Whitney

A Georgia Tech graduate, Kim McFadden started at Pratt & Whitney 13 years ago, focusing on engineering equipment for the testing of development engines. Since then, she has worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer, an Operations Engineer, an Industrial Manager and now as a Project Manager on the company’s latest Geared Turbofan Engine. Kim uses her engineering skills as an active volunteer with Athena’s Warriors, a young womens’ robotics team. She supports their projects and mentors and coaches the girls to encourage the importance of physics and mechanical concepts.

Community Innovation and Leadership
Kimberly McLean, Principal Engineer
Electric Boat

Kimberly McLean has spent 27 years working in Engineering and Information Technology at Electric Boat. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has been working with SWE and the Girl Scouts for almost 20 years to develop and present STEM programs for girls of all ages. She works with the Girl Scouts to provide girls at camp with opportunities to learn about astronomy and the use of telescopes.

Kimberly McLean
Community Innovation and Leadership
Sandra Millan-Tripp, Co-Founder
Tributary Mill Conservancy

Ms. Millan-Tripp is the co-founder of the Tributary Mill Conservancy, a non-profit environmental research and education organization which has been recognized by Field and Stream and the Atlantic Salmon Association for its hybrid prototype hatchery. The Conservancy has raised and released over a million salmon back into the wild since 2003. Ms. Millan-Tripp has shared her knowledge of environmental stewardship with countless students and classrooms all over southeastern Connecticut.

Sandra Millan-Tripp

Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership

Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
Yvonne Akpalu, CEO/Founder
Why Science

Dr. Akpalu is the CEO & Founder of Why Science, an education technology company igniting students’ passion for science/technology/engineering/mathematics learning. Why Science’s ground-breaking Poly & Mer technology makes STEM more accessible by combining the power of the “cloud” with state-of-the-art learning practices, programs and interactive media for the modern classroom of today. An innovator whose work has earned recognition through multiple awards, Yvonne mentors undergraduate Women in Science at Yale.

Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
Jyl Camhi, Founder and President
Great Play

Jyl Camhi’s company, Great Play, is a patented interactive gym for children that helps develop motor skills, sport skills, fitness and coordination. Great Play has other patents pending and is franchised in metro cities around the U.S. Jyl worked with Microsoft in the 1990’s, creating systems, teams and infrastructure, and receiving the Bill Gates Microsoft manager of the year award in 1996. Inspired by today’s childhood inactivity crisis, Jyl’s alternative approach combines technology and fitness to appeal to youngsters who are not natural athletes, encouraging physical development.

Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
Caroline Dealy, Chief Scientific Officer
Chondrogenics Inc.

Dr. Dealy’s work is dedicated to research and technology to understand and treat debilitating human conditions including osteoarthritis. Chondrogenics is a Connecticut biotechnology company established with the support of UConn to develop the potential of human stem cells for cartilage repair. Through a major grant from the State, Chondrogenics is conducting preclinical studies to investigate the ability of the cells to repair damaged cartilage, with the goal of developing a stem cell based approach for osteoarthritis treatment.

 

Caroline_Dealy
Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
Julie Olson, President
JAO Ovation LLC

Julie Olson is a biopharmaceutical executive with over 27 years’ experience, most recently as CEO of Mersana Therapeutics. While at Mersana, she helped to raise more than $35M in private equity, advanced two compounds into clinical trials in cancer patients, and continued innovative research programs. Prior to her years at Mersana, Julie was at Pfizer for 19 years, where she was VP of Licensing and played a variety of roles in drug discovery.

Julie Olson
Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
Sheila Shechtman, Founder, Chairman
Giftcorp

Sheila Shechtman built startup Giftcorp into a B2B ecommerce powerhouse, creating 50+ jobs and establishing one of the state’s largest women owned businesses. Giftcorp employs many women spanning a range of minority backgrounds. During 2011, Giftcorp achieved dramatic growth in its revenue and management team and has a customer base including Fortune 500 companies. Sheila received the 2004 award as Outstanding Woman Business Owner of the Year by The Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and is a speaker at numerous nationwide business programs.

Sheila Shechtman
Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
Eleanor Tandler, Co-Founder & CEO
NovaTract

Eleanor Tandler is one of NovaTract’s founders and the CEO. NovaTract is a startup focused on new, innovative medical devices for minimally invasive surgery based on technology licensed from Yale University. NovaTract recently received the Connecticut Technology Council’s “Most Promising Life Sciences Company of the Year” Award for 2010. Prior to NovaTract, Ellie ran a UConn startup focused on the development of new orthodontic appliances and spent five years as a venture capital investor focused on investments in the healthcare sector.

Eleanor Tandler

Large Business Innovation and Leadership

Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Lisa Bongiovi, Vice President, Intellectual Property Counsel
UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems

Lisa Bongiovi is Vice President, Intellectual Property Counsel at UTC Climate, Controls and Security Systems. In this role, Lisa is responsible for managing all intellectual property matters, including management of over 7,000 pending and issued patents and over 4,400 pending and registered trademarks worldwide. Lisa also oversees all intellectual property matters associated with the product development process, and all licensing and enforcement matters involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Lisa Bongiovi
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Kim Carpenter, Global Vice President of Human Resources
Covidien

Kim Carpenter serves as Vice President, Global Human Resources for the Surgical Solutions Business Unit of Covidien. Ms. Carpenter has more than 25 years of comprehensive HR experience. Prior to joining Covidien in 2007, she served as head of Global Leadership Development for Bayer Healthcare. Ms. Carpenter earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.

Kim Carpenter
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Teresa (Terry) Cowles, Integration Manager, 787 Program
Hamilton Sundstrand/UTC

With 28 years at Hamilton Sundstrand’s Air Management Systems (AMS), Terry Cowles has contributed to the evolution of standards, methods and requirements management across AMS. As project lead for their largest 2011 program, Airbus A380 Air Generation and Temperature Control Systems, her work resulted in the certification of the aircraft. She received UTC’s highest level of recognition for the formation of her Integrated Product Development Team. Terry’s system level requirements management process is now the standard across HS, applied to multiple programs including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Renee Davis, VP, Chief Actuary Bond & Financial Products
The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Throughout her career at Travelers, Renee Davis has been focused on strong performance by applying analytics to business problems in order to improve business results. As part of the Actuarial and Analytics Leadership team, Renee has served as senior advisor for many strategic initiatives in advancing analytics and talent for the company. Outside of work, Renee enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, especially on the beach in Rhode Island.

Renee Davis
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Mary-Ellen Devlin, Executive Director & Executive Counsel of Intellectual Property
Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation

After graduating from Fordham University Law School, Mary-Ellen Devlin worked as a patent litigator for six years with both trial and appellate experience. In the early 80s, she went ‘in-house’ first at American Cyanamid Company and then Boehringer Ingelheim. Mary-Ellen became the first woman officer of the largest intellectual property law association in the U.S.

Mary-Ellen Devlin
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Edith DiFrancesco, Vice President, Engineering Methods
UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems

Edith DiFrancesco is an executive with 26 years at UTC. Edith joined Carrier in 2008 as the VP, Engineering Methods after 23 years with Otis in Engineering, Safety and Quality leadership positions. Significant contributions include development of the LVM and Gen2 elevator products, the Otis Product Development Process and the Carrier Product Safety Process. Edith holds a BEng Mechanical from McGill University and an M.S. Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Edith DiFrancesco
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Elizabeth Gandza, Sr. Project Manager
The United Illuminating CompanyLiz Gandza joined United Illuminating in 2008 to manage substation infrastructure projects with the goal of ensuring the reliable operation of the electrical transmission system. This work includes detailed planning, analysis, communications, risk management and change management throughout the initiation, engineering, procurement and construction of the project. Liz holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UConn. She lives in Southington with her husband CJ and their son, Nicholas.
Elizabeth Gandza
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Elizabeth Garypie, Black Hawk Chief Engineer
Sikorsky Aircraft

Liz Garypie is Chief Engineer, Army & Air Force Programs at Sikorsky Aircraft. In this role, she provides overall technical leadership for domestic BLACK HAWK development and production programs, including the UH-60M, HH-60M MEDEVAC, UH-60M Upgrade, and future product requirements. Liz has worked for Sikorsky Aircraft since 1999, holding positions of increasing responsibility in both Engineering and Programs. Liz holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College, Hartford, and is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Elizabeth Garypie
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Kristina Givens, Process Innovation Program Manager
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital

Kristina Givens is the Process Innovation Program Manager for Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. She has been instrumental in the implementation and deep adoption of Lean principles at Lawrence & Memorial, the alignment of Lean with IT Projects, and the integration of the Production Preparation Process (3P) to ensure the success of the hospital’s strategic growth initiatives. Kristina holds a B.S. in International Business, and has studied language and business at Salamanca University, Salamanca, Spain and holds a Six Sigma green belt certification.

Kristina Givens
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Amy Harper, Ph.D., 2VP, Research & Product Development
The Travelers Companies, Inc.

In 2006, Dr. Amy Harper joined Travelers Risk Control, a group that exists to aid underwriters in account selection and retention, as well as to collaborate with policyholders and their agents to reduce losses and promote prevention initiatives. Amy received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology from Temple University and holds a B.A. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has been developing and implementing products and services for the insurance industry for nearly fifteen years.

Amy Harper
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Arianna Kalian, Vice President, Engineering & Manufacturing
UTC Power

Arianna Kalian, P.E., is responsible for overseeing UTC Power’s engineering activities and manufacturing operations for the company’s stationary and transportation fuel cell systems. Kalian joined UTC Power in 2008 from GM, where she led a range of product design and development efforts during her 19-year tenure, including an international assignment in Germany. A member of SWE, she holds a B.A. and an M.A. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in management of technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Julie Reiss, Sr. Eng., Mechanical (Systems Engineer)
Hamilton Sundstrand/UTC

Julie Reiss is the Lead System Requirements Engineer for the Life Support Systems on the Orion space vehicle for Hamilton Sundstrand. She has 12 years of experience in systems engineering, including several years on the Space Suit with design, certification, and space walk mission support responsibilities. Julie holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is pursuing her M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Julie Reiss
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Consuelo Staheli, Director of Global Strategy and Portfolio
Covidien

Consuelo Staheli is Director, Global Strategy & Portfolio for Covidien Surgical Solutions. She is responsible for managing the portfolio of new product investments of the Soft Tissue Implants Division and ensuring alignment with business strategy. As a founding member and leader of the Surgical Solutions Women’s Leadership Initiative, she directs her talents to developing women in the organization and promoting a more inclusive environment across Covidien. Consuelo lives in Middletown with her husband and two children and enjoys hiking.

Consuelo Staheli
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Geraldine Taber, Senior Director
Pfizer

Gerry Taber’s many management positions at Pfizer Worldwide R&D include her 2010 role leading the Global Technology team of 40 scientists in Groton, CT and in the U.K. to develop and deploy novel chemical research and process development technologies. Currently, she leads Pfizer’s Lab of The Future (LotF) program. She has earned the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Award, is a Member of the AspenTech Advisory Panel, the Dow Pharma’s Technology Advisory Panel, the New England Chapter of ISPE Board of Directors, and serves on the Groton Public School Improvement Team and as Co-chair of the Groton Public School Science Day Committee.

Geraldine_Taber
Large Business Innovation and Leadership
Sigal Zarmi, Chief Information Officer
GE Capital Americas

Sigal Zarmi leads technology efforts to drive business growth and enhance customer experience for an $108B portfolio of commercial loans and leases, leveraging Information Technology in originations, risk management and operations by focusing on simplification and productivity. Sigal holds a M.B.A. from Columbia University in NYC and a B.S. in Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She serves on the board of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut.

Sigal_Zarmi

Research Innovation and Leadership

Research Innovation and Leadership
Amy Anderson, Associate Professor
University of Connecticut

Amy Anderson is an Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Connecticut where she leads a research group to discover and develop novel drugs for treating infectious diseases and cancer as well as understanding and overcoming mechanisms of drug resistance. She received her B.S. from M.I.T. and a Ph.D in biophysics from Harvard before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Amy Anderson
Research Innovation and Leadership
Monika Kinstler, Principal Engineer
Pratt & Whitney

Monika Kinstler has worked in the aerospace industry as a metallurgical engineer for 26 years. Currently a principal engineer at Pratt & Whitney, she has been approving aircraft engine repairs on behalf of the FAA as a Designated Engineering Representative since 2002. She holds multiple patents, and has developed an engineering information knowledge management system that has been widely emulated within UTC. She has two children, and is a performing violinist.

Monika Kinstler
Research Innovation and Leadership
Stella Oggianu, Project Leader, Energy Systems
United Technologies Research Center

Dr. Oggianu holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Stella has served as thesis reviewer for M.I.T. and the University College Cork, and as Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has over 10 papers in recognized journals and conferences, and has filed 12 patents. At UTRC, Stella has developed, executed and is currently leading innovative programs for advanced energy microgrids and integrated buildings.

Stella Oggianu
Research Innovation and Leadership
Tracy Propheter, Design Engineer
Pratt & Whitney

Tracy Propheter was born in Atlanta, GA to two Electrical Engineers and has lived up and down the eastern seaboard and in Europe. She received her B.S. from the University of Florida and her M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her education has a grounding in Science and Engineering, but also includes History, English, Creative Writing, Music, and Art. Her hobbies include stained glass, quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, singing, etc. Tracy lives by the credo “I can accomplish anything one word at a time.”

Tracy Propheter

Small Business Innovation and Leadership

Small Business Innovation and Leadership
Katherine Ayers, Director of Research
Proton OnSite

Kathy Ayers is responsible for executing Proton’s technology roadmap to achieve cost effective production of hydrogen for energy applications. She has been awarded several Small Business Innovative Research and other grants for DOE, NSF, ARPA-E, and ONR. Kathy holds a PhD in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and has mentored several female students through Mentornet. She also has two young daughters and enjoys running, swimming, and music.

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

Manon Cox is President & CEO at Protein Sciences Corporation. She joined the company in 1998. Previously she was with Gist-Brocades, where she held positions in BD, Production and R&D. She holds a Doctorate in Virology from the University of Wageningen; received her MBA with distinction from Nijenrode and Rochester, NY Universities; and holds a Doctorandus degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry from University of Nijmegen. Her passion and career goal is to bring global innovation to the vaccine industry by using recombinant DNA technology.

Manon Cox
Small Business Innovation and Leadership
Betsy Didan, Vice President
COCC

Betsy Didan develops, promotes, and supports innovative technologies to reduce paper and increase payment speed and security for community bank customers and credit union members throughout the northeast, improving bank efficiency and reducing environmental impact. Her system to eliminate paper check processing for 140 financial institutions has saved thousands of gallons of fuel used to transport physical checks. Her electronic payment processes have accelerated check processing and verification, reducing opportunities for fraud. Betsy speaks at nationwide conferences on advanced payment technologies.

Small Business Innovation and Leadership
Deb Santy, Director, SBIR
CT Small Business Innovation Research Office

Deb Santy is dedicated to the promotion of technology, science, and innovation in Connecticut with a focus on small businesses. Examples of programs Deb has developed and promoted include Matches for Money, Collaborate to Innovate, Partner with a Prime, Partner with a Professor, and Careers for Engineers. Her latest endeavor, iHub, is an interactive web-based tool to enable state organizations to collaborate more efficiently and effectively. Deb actively supports and promotes high school STEM learning programs such as the Real World Design Challenge and the Sikorsky STEM challenge.

Deb Santy

Youth Innovation and Leadership

Youth Innovation and Leadership
Emilia Hernandez, High School Student
Hopkins School

Emilia Hernandez is a senior at Hopkins School in New Haven. She is one of the captains of her school’s Science Olympiad team. In addition to her scientific interests, she is President of Junior Statesmen of America, participates in Model U.N., and is an active member of the Fencing team. For the last two summers, she has done research in Genetics at Yale about the protein-protein interactions involved in ribosome biogenesis.

Emilia Hernandez
Youth Innovation and Leadership
Areej Jahangir, High School Student
Glastonbury High School

Making periodic visits to the Middle East and South Asia as a Pakistani-American, Areej Jahangir has seen first-hand the issues gripping developing nations in the areas of education and the quality of life. Her ambition is to combine policy and technology tools to close the gaps between developed and developing countries. One such specific study that she is currently working on is water purification through locally producible ceramic filters.

Areej Janghar
Youth Innovation and Leadership
Morgan Jordan, High School Student
Joel Barlow High School

Morgan Jordan is a senior at Joel Barlow High School, and has a passion for chemistry and biology. Morgan recently conducted extensive research on environmentally-friendly surfactants through an independent research program. She is a member of the varsity debate, tennis and mock trial teams, president of the Serving Our Underprivileged Club, and is a classically-trained pianist. She enjoys volunteering at the Special Olympics, leading drives for the homeless, tutoring, and participating in the Girl Scouts.

 

Youth Innovation and Leadership
Mary Kuchenbrod, High School Student
Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science

Mary Kuchenbrod conducts her own high school research. She is testing the early development of zebra fish embryos in environments that mimic that of a developing human fetus whose mother is consuming alcohol or caffeine, as well as environments that test the effects of progesterone pollution in water systems. This research has increased her passion for biology, and led Mary to help develop a Biotechnology and Bioengineering class at her school.

 

Mary Kuchenbrod
Youth Innovation and Leadership
Maeva Metz, High School Student
Brookfield High School

Maeva Metz created the first Biology Club and Green Team at her school to help others. This is her second year in a medical internship, and she has participated in Boehringer’s Partners in Science Program. Her interests take her beyond science as a Future Global Leader with extracurricular activities such as tutoring, being Tutoring Coordinator of National Honors Society, being President of French Honors Society, and being Concert Band Head Mistress.

Youth Innovation and Leadership
Kelsey Reeves, High School Student
Grasso Southeastern Technical High School

Kelsey Reeves has a variety of roles in addition to her high school studies; she is the National Honor Society president; a member of the National Art Honor Society; Student Council treasurer; a Mentor and peer mediator; a member of the Young Artists Society; a State Student Advisory Council on Education member, and is a participant in Work Base Learning with the City of Groton Pollution Abatement Facility. Kelsey was chosen to represent her Compact Bio-filtration Unit to the New England Water Environment Association’s conference, and maintains high honors along with out-of-school employment.

Youth Innovation and Leadership
Robyn Stanco, High School Student
Brookfield High School

As a student in C++, Robyn has proven to be a gifted programmer and an effective leader. As a math teaching assistant in her junior year, Robyn helped to create a joint C++ curriculum differentiated at both an honors and academic level. She is co-leader of Twenty-First Century Applications of Skills and Technology (TCAST), an extracurricular group which has formed a company identity and is designing and creating a customized application. Robyn has earned the most distinguished student award for both Academic Algebra II and Academic Pre-Calculus.

Youth Innovation and Leadership
Katelyn Tupaj, High School Student
Torutellotte Memorial High School

Katelyn Tupaj has received awards relating to technology and science. In her freshman year, she received Academic Excellence in Science, and in her junior year received the RPI Math and Science Medal as well as the Bausch & Lomb Science Award from the University of Rochester. Katelyn has been involved in FBLA, Math Mentors, Junior Achievement, and the National Honor Society. She was recently invited to attend Doppler on Wheels at Lyndon State University.

Katelyn Tupaj
Youth Innovation and Leadership
Alexia Zagouras, High School Student
Hopkins School

Alexia Zagouras has enjoyed her advanced science classes, especially physics and biology. She has conducted research in a plant genetics lab at Yale and participated in a National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine. She is a certified emergency medical technician and plans to volunteer on an ambulance this summer. She also competes on her school’s Physics and Science Olympiad teams. She is co-head of the school blood drive, co-captain of girls’ varsity water polo, and enjoys oil painting and modern dance.

Alexia Zagouras

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