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Honoring Innovation and Innovators

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    Since she can remember, Dr. Rebecca Von Der Heide has always asked “why’? Her passion for understanding the human mind led her to Penn State University, where she earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and completed two years of postdoctoral neuroscience training at Temple University.  Rebecca also completed two highly competitive fellowships in … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Dr. Rebecca Von Der Heide

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    As a leading innovator and 2015 Edison Awards winner, Priska has single-handedly, developed a disruptive technology in a category that sat still for decades. Priska relocated to the United States from her native Peru at the age of 17. As a disadvantaged immigrant, Priska studied English and financed her college education by working part time. In … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Priska Diaz

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    Elizabeth Owen is committed to leveraging machine learning to optimize adaptive and engaging learning systems. From an early start Elizabeth has always had a passion for education and helping those around her achieve their very best. Before joining Age of Learning as the Director of Learning and Data Science, Elizabeth worked as a researcher and … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Elizabeth Owen

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    Born and raised in Malaysia, Chloe found an early love in engineering, and began studying materials and manufacturing engineering.With a masters in advanced engineering from Sheffield Hallam University, and over 10 years of experience, Chloe is the DMLM Manager of Star Rapid where she brings a wealth of expertise to every project, insuring the integrity of the design and … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Chloe Kow

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       Named one of the 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council — a definitive list that honors the most extraordinary female leaders, influencers and achievers impacting the technology industry. Mary Beth Westmoreland understands what it takes to keep her team moving forward. As  Chief Technology Officer, responsible for leading Blackbaud’s worldwide technology strategy … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Mary Beth Westmoreland

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    For the last almost ten years Katherine Faber has been leading her team at Dow Construction Chemicals to success. Working to create new product development for coatings that are used in the commercial and residential building envelope, Katherine’s team is looking to change the way buildings are made. The Edison Awards recently spoke with Faber about … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Katherine Faber

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      As a pharmaceutical chemist, Yen-Len Chen has been working to save lives for over ten years. With a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chen performed her postdoctoral research in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota. Chen joined Boston Scientific in 2004 and is currently a Senior Research … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Yen-Lane Chen

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    Isabella Graef, M.D., is a scientific co-founder of Eidos Therapeutics and a faculty member at Stanford University. Dr. Graef’s medical training, together with her research training at University of California, Berkeley and Stanford, led her to address questions at the intersection of medicine, biology and chemistry. The Graef Lab at Stanford pursues genetic and chemical … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Isabella Graef, M.D.

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    Sabrina Woodworth is a Project Manager with Fluor Corporation in the Energy & Chemicals business line and is currently responsible for managing a sustaining capital portfolio of seven projects on the Enbridge Alliance. Sabrina graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2006 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. She was a Process Engineer for eight … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Sabrina Woodworth

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    As a 2017 recipient of the Gordon E. Moore Medal and the 2017 ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award Melinda Keefe is a testament to Dow and how the company looks to develop young talent. With a B.S. in Chemistry from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University, Keefe joined Dow in … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Melinda H. Keefe, Ph.D.

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    Jennifer Seifert, Ph.D, joined TissueGen in 2015 as Senior Scientist to lead the company’s application of ELUTE fiber technology to treat spinal cord injuries and related applications for regenerative medicine and assumed responsibility as Director, Research and Development in 2016. Prior to joining TissueGen, Jennifer held the position of Research Assistant Professor in the Department … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Dr. Jennifer Seifert

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    Lan Ji is the Director of Process Engineering for Fluor with over 30 years of experience in troubleshooting and engineering, including conceptual and feasibility studies, front-end engineering and design, detailed engineering and start-up.  Predominantly worked in gas processing, offshore platforms, subsea facilities and petroleum refineries. Lan Ji has spent the past 11 years Orange County, … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Lan Ji

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    Dr. Amy Baxter is a problem solver.  After making a pain reliever to solve the problem of injection pain, she adapted the solution to use instead of opioids for chronic pain. As a double boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, Scottish Rite, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. As a graduate of Yale … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Dr. Amy Baxter

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    Balancing work and children isn’t an easy task, but for those who are dedicated to their craft, like Kelly DeShaw, giving up on either front is not an option. Starting her career in 1997 with Amphenol, DeShaw worked towards associate degree in electrical engineering technology at SUNY Broome Community College. She continued while working full time on my … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Kelly DeShaw

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    Lynn Altman is an innovation veteran, with 22 years and over 800 new product and branding projects completed for Top 100 Global Brands, including Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Gillette, McDonald’s, American Express and UBS. Altman has also done extensive work in the financial, CPG, beauty and pharmaceutical industries with companies such as Capital One, Bank … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Lynn Altman

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    Kimberly Peiler is a Sr. Application Engineering Manager in North America for Osram Opto Semiconductors. With over 15 years of engineering experience in optoelectronics, the scope of her expertise includes automotive illumination and display, as well as a broad spectrum of mainstream LED applications in general lighting, horticulture lighting, and consumer electronics. She holds two … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Kimberly Peiler

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    As a recent graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, Stephanie MacDonald is looking to make a positive impact on the world of STEM from the inside.  Currently a  clinical operations associate for WorldCare Clinical, a Boston-based CRO that works with many top pharmaceutical companies. Her work revolves around the adverse event adjudication process, helping to ensure … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Stephanie MacDonald

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    Elena Canadas is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in emotion and face processing. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology and Master in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Granada, Spain. During her postdoctoral research at University of Lausanne she worked with Immersive Virtual Reality as an ecological approach to study gender-emotions stereotypes during … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Elena Canadas

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    As a teenager, Tina Arrowood aspired for a more lucrative and “relaxed” life style and chose to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at University of Wisconsin River Falls (1994) and later a PhD in Organic Chemistry at University of Minnesota (1999).  Upon graduation she joined the Union Carbide Corporation’s Amines R&D group, which became … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Tina Arrowood

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    Cindy Kent is a healthcare veteran with 20+ years in the industry.  She is currently the President & General Manager for the 3M Infection Prevention Division—a $1.6B+ business committed to keeping patients safe from healthcare associated infections and complications.  Cindy has global operational P&L responsibilities, including the development of the strategic and annual operating plans, … Continue reading Women Behind Innovation: Cindy Kent

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