Connecticut Technology Council Announces 2014 Women of Innovation(R) for the Tenth Annual Awards Program

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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, 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 with questions regarding the program or the awards dinner.

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

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

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

Nasreen Ali, Director of Engineering,

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

Kathy Ayers, Director of Research, Proton OnSite

Nancy Cappello, Consultant, 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

Kate Emery, President & CEO, The Walker Group

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

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

R. 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 Consult, 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, Yale University, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Yvonne Kielhorn, CEO & Founder, Why Science LLC

Nuriye Elif Kongar-Bahtiyar, 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, Grants Coordinator, University of New Haven, Henry C Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Orange

Diane Pintavalle, High School 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, Staff 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, Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut, Material Science and Engineering

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

Severine Zygmont, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Performance Materials, LLC

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CONTACT: Michael Scricca, Connecticut Technology Council (860) 289-0878 x334, mscricca@ct.orgSource:Connecticut Technology Council