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Connecticut Technology Council Announces 53 Finalists for Ninth Annual Women of Innovation Awards Program

Women Leaders in Technology, Science and Engineering to be Honored March 19th

Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., President of University of Saint Joseph Will Give Keynote

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) today announced 53 finalists for the ninth 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, engineering and technology.

A winner in each of the nine awards categories will be announced during the Women of Innovation Awards Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on March 19.. The complete list of 2013 Women of Innovation awards finalists is posted on the CTC website, www.ct.org. Ticket purchases and registration for the 2013 event may be handled online through the CTC website.

Finalists 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, and academic achievement.

"These 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 53 finalists 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 scholarship from Covidien, one of the event's presenting sponsors.

The keynote speaker for the awards ceremony is Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., president of University of Saint Joseph. President of the university since 2008, Trotman Reid initiated and successfully launched its first professional doctoral program by creating a School of Pharmacy in downtown Hartford, a move that has garnered widespread acclaim from the Greater Hartford community. She is nationally-known as a scholar in the area of gender and racial issues and also as an active participant in scholarly organizations, and she has numerous published book chapters and articles in psychological journals. Dr. Reid currently serves on the boards of the MetroHartford Alliance, the iQuilt Project for Downtown Hartford, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She is on the executive committees of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education; the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and the Division III Presidents Council of the NCAA. In July 2012, she was appointed to the Capital Region Development Authority by Governor Dannel Malloy.

The Women of Innovation Program is sponsored by the Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation, medical device manufacturer, Covidien, the law firm of Day Pitney LLP and United Technologies Corporation. Contact Mike Scricca at (860) 289-0878, ext. 334 or mscricca@ct.org with questions regarding the program, sponsorship or the awards dinner.

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