CT “Women of Innovation” Honored

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innovate2They were 59 research scientists, engineers, educators, doctors , entrepreneurs and students all sharing one common characteristic at the Aqua Turf Thursday.

They had all been tapped as 2014 “Women of Innovation” honorees by the CT Technology Council.

The annual dinner and awards program recognizing women for their exemplary innovation and leadership skills ranged from 18-year-old Bridget Oei, a senior at East Catholic  High School to Elaine Pagliaro, grants coordinator at the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

“I am honored,” said Oei, who has already received a full scholarship to University of Connecticut but was anxious to get home to check her computer. Several other schools she had applied to innovate3including Yale, Harvard and Cornell were slated to post their acceptance lists at 5 p.m., the same time Oei was explaining her school project, “The Effacy of Bioluminescent Mushroom Panellus Stipticus to program guests from industries and organizations including United Technologies, General Dynamics Electric Boat and University of Connecticut who stopped to discuss her work. Oei was one of eight women from among the honorees to receive the council’s innovation award.

Also receiving one of the awards was Pagliaro, who said she was surprised to be tapped for the honor. “But I’m surprised in a good way,” she said, smiling as she explained how much she enjoys her work with the renowned  Dr. Henry Lee.

“I think when you do what you love you do it as well as you can,” she said about her work.innovate4

Also receiving innovation awards were: Nancy Cappello, executive director of Are You Dense, Inc; Zengmin Xia, doctoral student at University of Connecticut; Ilana Odess, founder/CEO of Woven Orthopedic Technologies LLC; Laura Smith, engineering director for General Dynamics Electric Boat; Robin Chazdon, professor at University of Connecticut and Manon Cox, president/CEO of Protein Sciences Corp.

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