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2009 Women of Innovation Awards Include Rensselaer Alumnae
Four Rensselaer alumnae from the Hartford campus were named finalists, including one winner, in the 2009 Women of Innovation Awards: A Celebration of Connecticut’s Outstanding Women in Science and Technology, sponsored by the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC). In addition, Gina Colarelli O’Connor, associate professor in the Lally School of Management & Technology, and academic director of the Radical Innovation Research Program, served as the keynote speaker at the awards gala held Jan. 29 in Southington.

The program celebrated and honored the energy, creativity, and remarkable capabilities of 52 women working in Connecticut’s science, engineering, and technology community. The event provided the opportunity to salute all the nominees and finalists – women who are innovators, role models, and leaders. This year’s list of 52 finalists included researchers, educators, managers, business owners, and service providers who work in biotech, pharmaceuticals, telecom, software, computer hardware, electronics, alternative energy, nanotech, medical devices, and IT.

Diane Drew (’84 M.S. Mechanical Engineering, ’96 MBA), thermodynamic analysis engineering manager, Hamilton Sundstrand, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), was honored as the winner in the “Large Business Innovation and Leadership” category. Drew has more than 31 years of technical and managerial experience in system thermo/aerodynamics design at Hamilton Sundstrand, and has contributed greatly to the Air Management Systems organization. She holds a number of patents in aircraft system technology. Drew is currently responsible for the design of complex aircraft thermal management systems and has direct reports ranging from entry-level engineering associates to middle managers all the way up to Fellows, which are considered to be the elite among technical experts within UTC.

Nancy Beckwith (’86 MBA) was also a finalist in the “Large Business Innovation and Leadership” category. She is manager of supplier quality at General Dynamics Electric Boat. Finalists in the “Small Business Innovation and Leadership” category and “Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership” category were Heidi Douglas (’87 MBA) and Li Zhao (’02 MBA), respectively.

To learn more about the awards program, visit the CTC Web site at www.ct.org.

 

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Volume 3, Number 4, April 10, 2009
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