Advisory Board


Advisory Board Documents


Kevin Bouley, President and CEO, Nerac, Inc.

Kevin Bouley is President and CEO of Nerac, Inc. (Tolland, CT), a global technology and IP advisory research firm. A recognized leader in the information industry and Connecticut native, Mr. Bouley has been with Nerac for over 25 years, beginning his career in sales immediately after graduation. He holds a B.S. in Finance ('80) from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Bouley acquired the company through a management buyout in January 1999. Since then, he has been credited with doubling the revenues of the company and Nerac has been recognized by Deloitte & Touche in five of the past 10 years as among the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Connecticut. Mr. Bouley has served on the boards of ASIDIC, the Connecticut Technology Council, CBIA, ICSTI, and NFAIS, and is an active member of the Tolland Economic Development Commission as well as the President of the Tolland Community Economic Development Corporation.

As a thought-leader for the Tolland Technology Corridor, he has taken the lead in supporting and encouraging entrepreneurial studies in the UConn School of Business and School of Engineering. In addition to providing ideas for new curriculum to challenge the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, he has provided a stream of seed money for a select number of students' ventures/products whose development was encouraged through programs that function as entrepreneurial incubators for students. Mr. Bouley has also focused his attention on hiring interns and graduates from UConn, encouraging them to pursue opportunities in Connecticut.

Kenneth B. Bowes, Vice President -- Energy Delivery Services, Connecticut Light & Power Company

profile photoKenneth B. Bowes is Vice President -- Energy Delivery Services at Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) a subsidiary of the Northeast Utilities (NU) Company and Connecticut's largest electric utility. Mr. Bowes is responsible for CL&P's Distribution Asset Management, Field Services, Capital Construction groups, Meter Services and Meter Assets & Operations. He is also jointly responsible for the Meter Data Management Services project.

A native of New Hampshire, Mr. Bowes joined NU in July 1984 in the System Test department. He has held several engineering and management positions in the NU Energy Delivery organizations and became the Director -- Transmission and Distribution Maintenance in 1999; Director -- Transmission Construction, Test, and Maintenance in 2002; and Director -- Transmission Projects in 2004. In 2008, he joined CL&P's senior leadership team as Vice President -- Customer Operations.

Mr. Bowes earned a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the past Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute's Transmission Committee.

Michael Cantor, Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP

Michael Cantor is a Partner in Cantor Colburn LLP, a leading national firm specializing in intellectual property law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Patent Law Association, American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, and Tau Beta Pi. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He also teaches patent law and procedure as an Adjunct Professor in Patent Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

After graduating with his J.D., Mr. Cantor joined the firm of Fishman & Dionne. Within five years, he was named a Partner and the firm evolved into Fishman, Dionne & Cantor. Today, Cantor Colburn LLP has more than 90 attorneys and patent agents, with offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Detroit. Cantor Colburn's clients include Fortune 100 companies, select high tech start ups, universities, and numerous mid-size companies in the US, Japan, Korea, Europe, Israel and the Americas. Mr. Cantor has represented businesses from a broad range of industries, including high-technology, entertainment, and consumer products, and is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues.

Mr. Cantor has been actively involved in educational outreach geared to introduce school-age children to engineering and the world of invention. He serves on the boards of the Connecticut Development Authority, the Connecticut Technology Council, and the University of Connecticut's Institute of Material Sciences.

Mr. Cantor graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. with honors in Chemical Engineering / Materials Engineering in 1980. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1983.

Michael D. Curtis, Ph.D., P.E., Founder, Simplified Energy Solutions

Mike Curtis recently founded and joined Simplified Energy Solutions (SES) after 26 years at Fuss & O'Neill Consulting Engineers (F&O), Manchester, CT. At SES, Dr. Curtis has created a firm that is expert in the implementation of 'near-market' alternate energy technologies as well as inventing and developing products for today's energy marketplace. At F&O, Dr. Curtis was the Executive Vice President and led a staff of 100 professionals in eight different business units. His background includes five years with the Connecticut DEP Bureau of Water Management's Planning Section followed by two years at the University of Connecticut Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. At F&O, he gained national renown in industrial wastewater treatment, waste minimization and pollution prevention efforts. Since that time, he has created several highly successful entrepreneurial start-ups focusing on the energy business with specialties in energy conservation and natural gas engineering.

A three-time alumnus of the University of Connecticut, Dr. Curtis earned his B.S. degree in biology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering.

Joel Douglas, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, eGen LLC

Joel S. Douglas is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of eGen LLC which is developing a low-head hydro energy generator. Mr. Douglas is also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of MysticMD Inc., an advanced materials company located in Groton, CT. Earlier in his career, Mr. Douglas founded two medical device companies: Amira Medical, developer of the first alternate site glucose meter, and Sterling Medivations, developer of a series of insulin delivery devices. He currently holds 76 issued U.S. patents, 29 FDA product clearances and numerous foreign patents.

Mr. Douglas earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of New Haven. He was honored by the UConn School of Engineering in 2005, when Mr. Douglas was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers. Early in his career, he held various positions at LifeScan, Komag, General Dynamics and United Nuclear.

Chris Fuselier, Principal of Fuselier Associates

Christopher S. Fuselier is a graduate of Michigan State University and Renssalear Polytechnic Institute with Masters Degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. Mr. Fuselier retired from General Electric in 2007, where he held a variety of engineering, marketing and sourcing positions in GE's aerospace, corporate, factory automation and industrial systems operations. He was Engineering Leader of the GE Industrial division and the GE Executive for the University of Connecticut. Mr. Fuselier is the Principal of Fuselier Associates, an engineering consulting business. He is on the Board of Ensign-Bickford, an international aerospace, pet food, biotech and specialty chemical company. He is also on the Board of Engineered Carbon Solutions, a Connecticut startup company that provides coal and fiber based fuel for commercial and residential applications. In addition to the University of Connecticut Engineering Advisory Board, Mr. Fuselier is on the Chairman Emeritus Board of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.

Bryan Garcia, President, Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

profile photoBryan Garcia was named president of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund in 2011. Among the initiatives he oversees are incentive programs to support the installation of clean energy systems at residential and commercial sites, an incentive program to support development of new clean energy technologies, and the award winning Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program (CCECP). Earlier in his career, as director of energy market initiatives at CCEF, he created the CCECP and served as the climate change coordinator for the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change.

Bryan was most recently program director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment where he led efforts to develop a leading global program responsible for preparing environmental leaders for business and society. He also served as co-editor of Carbon Finance: Environmental Market Solutions to Climate Change and Carbon Finance II: Investing in Forests for Climate Protection, publications that present the opinions and experiences of leading practitioners in finance, global carbon markets, and the business of climate change.

Bryan also co-founded Earth Markets, a Connecticut company that helps to accelerate the deployment of clean and efficient energy technology in homes and businesses. Additionally, Bryan served as chairman of the Connecticut Green Building Council, a board member of SmartPower and the Clean Energy Finance Center, and an advisory committee member of the Clean Energy States Alliance, The Climate Group and the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association.

Early in his career, Bryan was a Peace Corps volunteer specializing in NGO capacity building and environmental education in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He holds a B.S. degree from U.C. Berkeley, master's degrees in public administration and business administration from New York University, and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University.

Peter Halvordson, Vice President of Engineering, Electric Boat Corporation

Peter Halvordson is Vice President of Engineering at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT. He joined Electric Boat in 1979 as a career-development shipbuilding trainee and progressed through a variety of engineering and managerial positions, including Seawolf-Class program manager, Vice President of Operations and other roles. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1979 and his MBA from the University of New Haven in 1984. Mr. Halvordson has been a strong advocate for the engineering profession and engages in outreach efforts aimed at enhancing awareness of engineering contributions to the development of society, including serving as the keynote speaker for the 2007 Connecticut Invention Convention. Mr. Halvordson has been a staunch supporter of Senior Design collaborations linking UConn's Mechanical Engineering students and Electric Boat, and he was instrumental in the company's decision to offer its employees electronic access to the Master of Engineering (MENG) degree program as a means to enhance the skill set of the company's engineers.

Paul Hermes, CTO, Vice President, Research and Development, Covidien


Hermes is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Research and Development (R&D) for the Surgical Solutions Group at Covidien.

In this role, Mr. Hermes leads the R&D team in developing and launching new products that meet the needs of customers and advance the standard of care for patients. In addition to his Surgical Solutions responsibilities, Mr. Hermes works closely with Covidien's emerging markets unit to enhance the company's regional capabilities in emerging market countries.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hermes served as Chief Technology Officer for Covidien's Medical Devices segment after managing the R&D functions of the Surgical Devices and Energy-based Devices global business units. Mr. Hermes joined Covidien in 1991 from the medical device and imaging industry.

Mr. Hermes earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut.

Claire Leonardi, CEO & Executive Director, Connecticut Innovations

Claire Leonardi joined Connecticut Innovations (CI) in March 2012. She manages CI's array of business startup and growth initiatives, which include diverse lending initiatives, venture and equity investment funds, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. Additionally, she oversees administration of the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Fund, the state's investment in The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, and the Angel Investor Tax Credit Program.

Ms. Leonardi is a veteran investment and venture capital executive with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CI, she was assisting startup and growing companies, as well as nonprofits, in upstate New York, advising them on capital structure and funding, strategic planning, and performance improvement. Earlier, she held senior positions with Fairview Capital L.P., a private equity fund-of-funds, Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance Co., and Crossroads Capital, one of the largest private equity fund-of-fund managers in the U.S.

In addition, Ms. Leonardi brings to CI a wealth of experience from her affiliations with various boards. Most notable have been her contributions serving as chair of the University of Connecticut Health Center Board of Directors and vice chair of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the boards of the National History Museum of the Adirondacks and the Allianz Variable Insurance Products and Fund of Funds Trusts.

Ms. Leonardi earned a master of business administration degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts degree, with a dual major in business administration and economics, from Rutgers University.

Edison T. Liu, M.D., President and CEO, The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Edison T. Liu, M.D., joined The Jackson Laboratory in 2011 as president and CEO, and has been president of the international Human Genome Organization (HUGO) since 2007.

Dr. Liu served for 10 years as the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore and the chairman of the Health Sciences Authority (FDA equivalent) of Singapore. From 1996 -- 2001, Dr. Liu was the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Liu obtained his B.S. in chemistry and psychology and his M.D. at Stanford University.

Tom Martin, Ph.D., President and Chairman of the Board, Phonon Corporation

Tom A. Martin was born in Great Bend, KS. He received his B.S. (Engineering Science '63) from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; M.S. (Math '69) from Trinity College, Hartford, CT; and M.S. (EE '71), Ph.D. (EE '74) and MBA ('81) degrees from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the application of microwave network theory to the analysis of acoustic devices.

From '64 to '65, he was a systems analyst with IBM's Advanced Systems Development Division, Yorktown Heights, NY. He then joined Andersen Laboratories, Bloomfield, CT ('65-'80), where he was Vice President and Technical Director.

In 1982, Dr. Martin co-founded Phonon Corporation, where he is President and Chairman of the Board. Phonon is a leading manufacturer of custom high performance SAW microelectronic devices and subsystems for the military and space electronics markets. His primary responsibilities are strategic direction and business development, and he remains deeply involved in R&D, engineering and marketing work.

Dr. Martin is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the IEEE.

Frank McDermott, Vice President Engineering, Solution and Product Development Pitney Bowes Inc.

As VP Engineering, Solution & Product Development for Pitney Bowes' Worldwide Engineering Organization, Frank McDermott oversees a global set of Engineering & New Product Development teams supporting a broad range of PB's Hardware & Software based products & solutions across the Mailing & Business Communications industries.

Frank's organization is accountable for engineering & product design, development, qualification, global release and maintenance. Frank manages an annual Engineering budget of approximately $70M and oversees 400 employees worldwide.

Frank has been with Pitney Bowes for 30 years and holds several patents in the areas of Motion Control & Paper Handling. Frank holds a Computer Science degree from UConn's School of Engineering, class of 1983.

Sue McKinney, Vice President, Worldwide Engineering, Pitney Bowes, Inc.

profile photoSue McKinney joined Pitney Bowes in April 2010 as the Vice President, Worldwide Mailing Solutions Management (MSM) and Document Messaging Technology (DMT) Engineering. She is responsible for Pitney Bowes' world class engineering team, which is focused on design and development of mailing products and software solutions within PBI. She is located at the Pitney Bowes campus in Shelton, CT.

In February 2011, Ms. McKinney assumed executive responsibilities for PBBI engineering and has been selected to participate in the Chairman's Council. The new Pitney Bowes engineering team will focus on improving the time to market and will give PBI more scale in technical expertise and experience to meet dynamic marketplace requirements with concentration on application architecture, component reuse, production support and agile/lean best practices and methodologies. This new structure also will lead to increased collaboration, which in turn will spark innovation, a key to our success in delivering our CCM strategy.

Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Ms. McKinney was Vice President of Development Transformation, IBM where she led an effort to effect significant development transformation across the IBM Software Group development teams, influencing over 25,000 engineers and 43,000 employees in 120 global locations. Key focus areas included the definition of enterprise architecture, governance and fostering agile development methodologies and improving overall software engineering effectiveness. She also held various development executive positions with IBM Lotus where she was responsible for the development of the Sametime Instant Messaging, currently serving 20 million users, WebSphere Portal and Lotus Domino, IBM's flagship email messaging system.

Ms. McKinney is a graduate of Ohio State University, with a B.S. in Business Administration and Computer Science.

J. Michael McQuade Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Science & Technology, United Technologies Corporation

J. Michael McQuade is Senior Vice President for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corporation. His responsibilities include providing strategic oversight and guidance for research, engineering and development activities throughout the business units of the corporation and at the United Technologies Research Center. He also provides leadership to UTC Power, UTC's business unit responsible for the research, design, commercialization and aftermarket support of stationary and transportation fuel cells.

Dr. McQuade has held senior positions with technology development and business oversight at 3M, Imation and Eastman Kodak. Prior to joining UTC in 2006 he served as Vice President of 3M's Medical Division. Previously, he was President of Eastman Kodak's Health Imaging Business. Earlier in his career, Dr. McQuade held technology and business leadership positions at Imation Corporation after its spin-off from 3M in 1996. His early career at 3M was focused on research and development of high-end acquisition, processing and display systems for health care, industrial imaging and remote sensing. He has broad experience managing basic technologies and the conversion of early stage research into business growth.

Dr. McQuade holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics for research on hadronic charm quark production performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Dr. McQuade is a member of the American Physical Society and is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Connecticut Science Center, the Connecticut Technology Council and the advisory boards of the Schools of Engineering at Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Connecticut and the Institute for Energy Efficiency at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Excellence in Education and Board of Directors of Project HOPE.

Sharon Nunes, Ph.D.,K-12 Committee of the CCTC, IBM (retired)

Dr. Sharon Nunes recently retired from IBM, where she spent 28 years in several areas of IBM's businesses: Research, Development, Manufacturing, CHQ, Business Development and Sales. During her career, Sharon helped to launch two global businesses for IBM: Life Sciences (2001), and Big Green Innovations (2006) which became one of the cornerstones of IBM's Smarter Planet program. Sharon merged her background in Materials Science and Engineering, with her knowledge of Information Technology to anticipate new business needs and convince her superiors to invest in new growth areas for the business. Together with clients and partners, Sharon's mission at IBM was to demonstrate how information technology played a critical role in helping to solve the world's problems.

Dr. Nunes held numerous executive positions at IBM, but is most proud of the recognition she received for mentoring women and early-career employees. In 2004, she was awarded IBM’s Fran Allen Mentoring Award and in 2006 was named a National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) “Women of Excellence” national award winner for her impact in mentoring technical women. In 2009, Sharon was recognized as a Women’s History Month Honoree as one of the “Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” and was inducted into the WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame. While at IBM, Sharon was a leader in the IBM Global Women’s Council and co-chair of the global “Women in Technology” committee at IBM.

Dr. Nunes received her Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1983 from the University of Connecticut. She has held numerous board positions over the past fifteen years. She is currently an emeritus member of the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation, a member of the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Project Advisory Board for Idaho’s “Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services” NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement award. Dr. Nunes was a National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering” fellow and was a member of the National Academy of Engineering “Engineer of 2020” advisory board. In 2006, she was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Engineering for Distinguished Engineers.

Dr. Nunes is also a member of the Cape Cod Technology Council (CCTC), a member of the K-12 Committee of the CCTC and a volunteer mentor and coach for the Cape Cod StartUp Weekend program.

Thomas Prete, Vice President Engineering Pratt & Whitney

Tom Prete is vice president of Engineering at Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units and small turbojet propulsion products. Prete is responsible for leading Pratt & Whitney’s global Engineering organization, with a focus on customer requirements, advancing market-differentiating technologies, leading continuous improvement and standard work and developing technical leadership.

Prete joined Pratt & Whitney in 1988 and since then has held positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering and Customer Service. Among his leadership roles, he served as chief engineer for Operational Military Engines, director for Global Services Engineering and chief engineer of Hot Section Engineering. While supporting the Military Engines business unit, Prete received the William G. Chamberlain Award for outstanding military customer service in leading the F100 and J52 engineering organizations.

In 2008, he was inducted into the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers, reserved for alumni who have consistently demonstrated professional achievements and advanced the quality and reputation of the School of Engineering. Prete also serves on the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering Senior Advisory Board.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer at Hartford and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

James P. Redeker, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation

James P. Redeker was named Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on August 25, 2011. He had served as Acting Commissioner since March 2011.

Prior to being named Acting Commissioner, Mr. Redeker was Deputy Commissioner of the agency and also served as Chief of the Bureau of Public Transportation.

Mr. Redeker joined the Connecticut DOT in 2009 after a 30-year career with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ Transit -- the third-largest transit agency in the country. His portfolio of experience includes strategic planning and policy, capital programming, transportation planning, transit-service planning and scheduling, transit-friendly development, demand forecasting, pricing, paratransit and community service delivery, customer service and information technology.

He received a bachelor's degree in Engineering Science in 1977 and a master's in Civil Engineering in 1978 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition, he has taught a variety of courses at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University and the National Transit Institute.

The Connecticut DOT is headquartered in Newington and has 3,000 employees.

Judith Resnick, Executive Director, CBIA Education Foundation

Judith K. Resnick serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association Education Foundation. In that capacity, she manages initiatives designed to help the state's businesses become more competitive by developing a skilled workforce. These projects look to establish best practices, building effective partnerships between business, government and the workforce development system. Ms. Resnick is also the project director for CBIA's US DOL Advanced Manufacturing High Skill Job Training Initiative, a $1.75 million grant to help increase the competitiveness of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts manufacturers by expanding the capacity of the Community College System to provide industry-driven training and education to current and future workers. The project includes the development and implementation of new credit certificate programs in lean manufacturing and supply chain management and the implementation of web-delivered CNC training. She also staffs the Connecticut Energy Workforce Development Consortium.

Ms. Resnick serves on the Department of Higher Education Advisory Committee on Accreditation, the Senior Human Resources Task Force of the Metro Hartford Alliance, and the Quinnipiac University Advisory Board College of Professional Studies.

While at CBIA, Ms. Resnick has also served as project director for two U.S. Department of Labor grants (an H1-B Grant in the Biosciences and an Incumbent-Dislocated Worker Training Demonstration Grant in Manufacturing) and for a Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Training Networks Program. She has also managed the Employer Services Contract for Capital Workforce Partners.

Prior to joining CBIA, Ms. Resnick was the director of Strategic Planning and Workforce Development at the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services. She founded the Business & Industry Services Network for the Connecticut Community College System and served as its state director for 12 years. She also served as the director of marketing for America Works of Connecticut.

She has a B.A. degree in Education from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in Higher Education from Indiana University. She also holds a Certificate from Harvard University, Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford Class of 1989.

Mark D. Raymond, Chief Information Officer for the State of Connecticut

Mark Raymond began serving as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services, Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology on June 2, 2011.

He has over two decades of technology and business experience consulting in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts that includes working in the areas of finance, payroll, human resources, budgeting, procurement, human services, revenue and transportation. As a consultant, he has worked with Federal agencies including the U.S. Treasury, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Mr. Raymond earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science in Engineering from the University of Connecticut and lives in Glastonbury with his wife and children.

George Reynolds, Director, Industry & University Initiatives - Electronics Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation

George Reynolds is a 30-year veteran of Westinghouse Electric/Northrop Grumman. His responsibilities include establishing key strategic relationships with universities for long-term research, business and recruitment partnerships. He is also responsible for introducing new initiatives such as factory modelling, simulation and Lean Thinking into the engineering and manufacturing organization.

Mr. Reynolds has served as industry liaison for the Lean Aerospace Initiative at MIT since its inception in 1992. He is the Lean point of contact for Northrop Grumman Corporation. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Howard University, an M.S. in Engineering Administration from George Washington University and is a graduate from the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. Mr. Reynolds is a Johns Hopkins Fellow in the Management of Change.

Mr. Reynolds is the chairman and/or a member of numerous Engineering Advisory boards for major universities and is the past Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association's Engineering Management Committee.

In 1991, Mr. Reynolds was selected as the National Black Engineer of the Year for Professional Achievement in Industry. In 2008, he received a second National Black Engineer of the Year award for Corporate Support of Engineering Education. He is one of three people in the nation to receive two of these national awards.

Mr. Reynolds has a "black belt" in six sigma and is considered to be a subject matter expert in "Team Thinking."

Mr. Reynolds also holds a commercial pilot's license with multi-engine and jet ratings.

Ramesh Sepehrrad, VP of National Governance, Risk and Compliance at Comcast

Ramesh Sepehrrad is the VP of National Governance, Risk and Compliance at Comcast. Dr. Sepehrrad is responsible for overall governance, technology risk and compliance as it relates to information and infrastructure strategy. Dr. Sepehrrad oversees the several security teams focusing on the protection of customer data, the security of Comcast's Enterprise and Delivery infrastructure as well as all technology compliance related activities. Focus areas for her and her team include: data security, network security, application security, technology risk management, policy compliance, regulatory compliance, as well as customer privacy. Dr. Sepehrrad joined Comcast in April of 2007 and brings over 20 years of focused information technology, engineering, and security experience from a variety of industries. These industries include telecommunication, ISP's, and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to joining Comcast, Dr. Sepehrrad served as Director of Technology for Sprint Nextel. She was responsible for technology delivery for order management systems, quality governance and assurance and life cycle management for other areas. She has previously held senior leadership positions with Xerox Corporation with international assignments in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Dr. Sepehrrad holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNYAB) as well as Master of Science in Political Science and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Dr. Sepehrrad is an active member of the Iranian-American community and has been outspoken on the issue of democracy and women's rights in her native country.

Douglas Shidler, Vice President Army Programs, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Douglas Shidler was named Vice President Army Programs for Sikorsky Aircraft in 2008. He joined Sikorsky Aircraft as an engineer in 1984. He supported the development of the MH-60K Special Operations aircraft program in several capacities and then assumed the engineering manager role. He became the UH-60Q chief engineer for the development of the MEDEVAC BLACK HAWK derivative aircraft, and then moved on to become the Chief Engineer for the BLACK HAWK Product Line. Mr. Shidler became Director, Air Vehicle Design in 2000. He was promoted to the position of BLACK HAWK Program Manager, responsible for all BLACK HAWK core programs in 2002. In 2006, Mr. Shidler was assigned Vice President Marine Corps Programs, which included the VH Fleet, support of the CH-53D/E aircraft and the new CH-53K Development Programs. In February 2008, Mr. Shidler was assigned Vice President Army Programs, which included U.S. Army Programs and International BLACK HAWK Programs.

Mr. Shidler received a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1984. He was recently inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at UConn. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Bridgeport in 1989. He is the Connecticut Chapter President for Army Aviation Association of America and is a member of the American Helicopter Society and the Association of the United States Army. In addition, he co-founded and mentors a local high school FIRST Robotics program for students.

Mr. Shidler and his wife, Trish, have three children.

Paul Singer, Technology General Manager, Industrial Systems, General Electric Company

Paul Singer is currently the Technology General Manager for GE Industrial Systems, where he leads the global engineering teams for GE's electrical distribution businesses. GE Industrial Systems is a world-leading provider of power distribution, monitoring, and control equipment with $2 billion in revenues and operations in over 50 countries. GE Industrial's products distribute and control electrical power for cities, factories, commercial facilities, and homes.

Mr. Singer started his career as an aerospace design engineer at Chandler Evans Control Systems Co., developing fuel control and flight avionics systems. In 1993, he joined GE's Electrical Distribution & Control division as a New Product Introduction Program Manager where he went on to develop a series of products for the electrical industry. Over the next 10 years, he progressed through several technology leadership roles, including assignments in Product Quality, NPI leadership, and Six Sigma. In 2003, he was named the Technology Manager for GE Power Delivery & Control in Chicago, IL. There, he managed the engineering teams for GE Zenith Controls, Transmission & Distribution, and Electrical Equipment. In 2005, he was promoted to Technology Manager, Industrial Electronics & Systems based in Louisville, KY, where he led the engineering teams for GE Multilin, Electrical Equipment, & GE Digital Energy. In this role, he was instrumental in creating global design Centers of Excellence for GE's critical power business and driving a four-fold increase in new product introductions for this high growth segment.

In 2007, he was promoted to his current position as General Manager and returned to Connecticut, where he leads GE Industrial's engineers in developing and supporting electrical infrastructure products and projects around the world.

Mr. Singer earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves as the GE Executive for the University of Connecticut and is active in several electrical industry associations.

Catherine Smith, Commissioner, CT Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)

profile photoCatherine Smith is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs.  Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the position in April 2011.

Prior to joining DECD, Catherine had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry at Aetna and ING. In her most recent role, from 2008 to 2011, she served as CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, one of the largest defined contribution plan managers in the United States with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.

Catherine graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and received a master's degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.

Myrna Soto, SVP & CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) at Comcast

Myrna Soto is SVP & CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) at Comcast. Ms. Soto is responsible for Enterprise Information and Infrastructure Security strategy. She oversees several security teams focusing on the protection of customer data, the security of Comcast's Enterprise and Delivery infrastructure, as well as all technology compliance related activities. Ms. Soto's teams focus on spearheading initiatives, strategy and products related to data security, network security, forensic investigations, technology risk management, policy compliance, audit, regulatory compliance, as well as customer privacy. Ms. Soto is also the Executive Champion for the newly piloted Comcast affinity group, Somos Comc´stico (Translation: "We are Comcastic").

Ms. Soto joined Comcast in September of 2009 after earning more than 20 years of focused information technology and security experience and accolades within a variety of industries, including: financial services, hospitality, insurance/risk management and gaming/entertainment.

Prior to joining Comcast, Ms. Soto served as CISO & Vice President of Information Technology Governance for MGM Resorts International (formerly known as MGM MIRAGE). In this role, she was responsible for Information Security (Data/Network), IT Audit & Compliance, Business Analysis, PMO (Project Management Office) and the development of a Six Sigma practice. She has previously held senior leadership positions with American Express, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Kemper Insurance.

Ms. Soto holds a bachelor's degree from Florida International University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Soto also holds a Masters Certification in Project Management from George Washington University and is a Certified Project Management Professional.

Yunquan Sun, President, ENN Group North America

Dr. Yunquan Sun is the President of ENN Group North America. ENN Group, based in Langfang, China is focused on the renewable energy and clean coal business. Dr. Sun also has more than 10 years' experience with robotic manufacturing process automation with ABB robots, including six years with ABB Corporate Research Center in Windsor, CT.

Dr. Sun holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hebei University of Technology (Tianjin, China), an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D degree in Material Science & Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Joseph Triompo, Vice President & General Manager UTC Power

Joe Triompo, Vice President & General Manger UTC Power is responsible for company operations and development and innovation of new fuel cell technology.

Prior to this position, Mr. Triompo was President of Aerospace Power Systems at Hamilton Sundstrand, responsible for the Electric Systems business, headquartered in Rockford, IL, which included the Elektronik Systeme GmbH business in Nordlingen, Germany. Mr. Triompo also held responsibility for the Air Management Systems business based in Windsor Locks, CT, including the HS-Nauka division in Moscow, Russia. In addition, he oversaw the Nord-Micro business located in Frankfurt, Germany and Page Aerospace Limited with sites in Sunbury, UK and Bremen, Germany.

In addition to serving on the Board of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, he is a member of the University of Hartford Board of Visitors for the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture.

Mr. Triompo holds a B. S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Connecticut. He completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Fellows Program, receiving a master's degree in business management.

Mark Vergnano, Executive Vice President, DuPont

Mark P. Vergnano is Executive Vice President for DuPont. In this role, he is responsible for 6 of the 13 businesses within DuPont and also the sustainability, marketing, sales and communications functions across the company.

He joined DuPont in 1980 as a process engineer in the former Fibers Department in Richmond, VA., where he held a variety of manufacturing and technical assignments. In 1985, Mr. Vergnano relocated to Wilmington, DE, where he had several assignments in marketing and business strategy. In 1991, he relocated to Geneva, Switzerland, as Marketing Manager and in 1993, Mr. Vergnano was appointed European Regional Business Manager, DuPont Nonwovens. In 1996, he relocated to Richmond, where he assumed the role of Global Business Manager for the Teflon® fiber business. Mr. Vergnano became Global Business Director for the Nomex® business in 1998 and then was appointed Global Business Director for Tyvek®/Typar® in March 2001, relocating again to the Wilmington area. He was named Vice President and General Manager -- Nonwovens in 2003 and Vice President and General Manager - Surfaces and Building Innovations in 2005. He was named Group Vice President for DuPont Safety and Protection, one of the five operating divisions of DuPont, in June 2006. He was named to his current position in October 2009.

Born in Hartford in 1958, Mr. Vergnano received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Vergnano is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame, serves on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Council for Economic Education, the Board of Directors for the National Safety Council and on the Advisory Boards for the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and the University of Delaware Lerner School of Business and Economics.





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