Dr. Hamid Adib, P.E., is Executive Vice President for Samsung C&T in Seoul, Korea. Samsung C&T is one of the world’s preeminent constructors, having built the world’s tallest building and some of the longest, most spectacular bridges to some of the world’s largest most advanced power plants and civil engineering projects.
He is based in Seoul Korea and manages the firm’s global pre-construction practice in the areas of complex structures, healthcare and aviation. Prior to Joining Samsung in 2013, he held positions of Sr. Vice President with global companies such as AECOM, WSP (now WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Principal at Weidlinger Associates in New York and The S/L/A/M Collaborative in Connecticut.
Dr. Adib has a broad background in the field of design and construction. He has managed structural design as well as protective design upgrades to structures of major significance in the United States and abroad. A licensed professional engineer in many states, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has served on the Board of Governors of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute and a board member of the University of Connecticut New York City Alumni Chapter.
Scott Beecher is an Engineering Fellow at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT and a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the Federal Aviation Administration. He has worked over 35 years in the aerospace software development domain primarily between UTAS and Pratt & Whitney. He has been primarily involved in software development and the certification process for Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADECs). He has most recently been working on the Next Generation Product Family (NGPF).
Mr. Beecher received a B.S. degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1980. He has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at UConn. He received his M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Business Management from RPI, Hartford. He is currently president and a founding member of the UCONN Computer Science Engineering Advisory Board. For the past 8 years, he has been instructor for the software engineering course for the Federal Aviation Administration Academy, Oklahoma City, OK.
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 Systems
Kenneth B. Bowes is Vice President – Transmission Performance responsible for the leadership of Transmission performance as it relates to customer impacts and benefits, development of key siting witnesses, transmission performance indicators, FERC and state regulatory plans, and operational compliance. He serves as a technical consultant and expert witness for various regulatory proceedings and large transmission projects.
He has held several senior management positions at Eversource including: Director – Transmission Projects, Vice President – Customer Operations, Vice President of Energy Delivery, and Vice President of Engineering. Bowes earned a BSEE degree from the University of New Hampshire and a MSEE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves on the University of Connecticut, School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the Eversource Energy Center at UConn.
Michael Cantor leads one of the country’s largest and most productive intellectual property law firms. After graduating from UConn with a B.S. in with honors in Chemical Engineering / Materials Engineering and a J.D., Michael became a partner at Fishman, Dionne & Cantor. Thirty years later, the firm has grown exponentially to more than 115 attorneys and patent agents, with offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, and Detroit. Cantor Colburn’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, select high tech start-ups, universities, and numerous mid-size companies in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Europe, Israel and the Americas. Michael has represented businesses from a broad range of industries, including high-technology, entertainment, and consumer products.
Michael is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues, and is active in industry associations such as International Trademark Association (INTA), American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the Connecticut IP Inn of Court, and the Connecticut Bar Association, where he is a James W. Cooper Fellow. Michael is also active in supporting economic development and innovation. In 2012, Governor Dannel Malloy appointed Michael to chair Connecticut Innovations, the quasi-public agency charged with growing Connecticut’s economy by making strategic capital and other investments that encourage the development of high-tech industries within the state, such as energy, biotechnology, information technology, and photonics.
UConn has remained important in Michael’s life since graduating. He teaches patent law as an Adjunct Professor at UConn’s School of Law. He is a former member of the UConn Foundation. Michael’s wife Shari is a UConn trustee, and two of their four sons are currently enrolled in UConn graduate schools. He serves on many other boards, including the Connecticut Technology Council, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Connecticut Historical Society.
Shelby Cullom Davis Visiting Lecturer
Joel S. Douglas is a visiting lecturer at Trinity College. 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 97 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.
Connecticut native Anne Evans was appointed in January 2008 as the District Director of the US Department of Commerce District Office in Middletown, Connecticut. She is a successful business leader and entrepreneur with 30 years experience in international trade. Prior to her appointment she grew a family tire business in to an international tire recycling company developing recycling facilities and renewal energy facilities in Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East. As director of the Department of Commerce Connecticut office she leads a team of business and trade professionals in assisting over 2,500 Connecticut companies grow their businesses and attract overseas customers. Since her appointment as Director she has led numerous statewide training projects, business development initiatives and trade missions to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.
John Forster II
Vice President, Corporate Development
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 and biotech company. 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 was named president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank in 2011. He oversees the nation’s first state-level green bank. In that role, he is responsible for using limited public funds to attract and deploy private investment in clean energy in Connecticut. The “green bank model” is demonstrating that more clean energy can be deployed at a faster rate while using public funds more responsibly.
Prior to joining the Green Bank, Garcia was program director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. At Yale, Garcia led efforts to develop a leading global program responsible for preparing environmental leaders for business and society. He was 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.
Garcia co-founded Earth Markets, a Connecticut-based company that helped accelerate the deployment of clean energy in homes through the U.S. Department of Energy backed Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. He was director of energy market initiatives at the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, where he created the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program and served as the climate change coordinator for the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change, which he won a leadership award from Governor M. Jodi Rell and Chair of the Committee, Commissioner Gina McCarthy.
He served as co-founder and chairman of the Connecticut Green Building Council, a founding board member of SmartPower and the Clean Energy Finance Center, and has served on advisory committees including the Clean Energy States Alliance, The Climate Group, Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, and University of Connecticut School of Engineering.
Early in his career, Garcia was a Peace Corps Volunteer specializing in non-governmental organization capacity building and environmental education in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in the political economy of natural resources 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.
Kurt A. Hesch became Chief Operating Officer in August 2016. This follows his role as Vice President – Engineering and his prior assignment as Vice President and Virginia Class Program Manager. As Chief Operating Officer, Hesch is responsible for key functions including the Quonset Point, Rhode Island Manufacturing and Module Production Facility, and the Groton, Connecticut facility final assembly and test functions focused primarily on Virginia Class submarines. His deep knowledge of U.S. Navy requirements helps ensure the company’s continued success. Hesch received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1980 and his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992. He is married with three children, all Universityof Connecticut graduates (along with two of their spouses).
As the Chief Information Officer of Synchrony Financial, Carol drives our overall Information Technology strategy and vision, with a continuous focus on payments innovation. As CIO, Carol leads growth for our company, our clients and customers by delivering innovative solutions, driving the company’s digital transformation, and developing strong technology partnerships.
Prior to Synchrony Financial, Carol served as CIO of GE Capital Retail Finance. In her ten year tenure with GE, she held a variety of senior leadership roles, focused on IT Governance, Security, Business Development, Digital and Marketing. Before joining GE, Carol spent nearly a decade in technology consulting at Accenture. She focused on the financial services sector, delivering strategic and complex technology initiatives to drive growth and operational excellence for clients.
Carol is committed to diversity in the workplace and mentoring women in technology, serving as the executive sponsor of Synchrony Financial’s Women’s Network and our Summer Immersion Program with Girls Who Code. She chairs the Technology Working Group and co-chairs the Innovation Steering Committee at Synchrony Financial. Named one of the Most Influential Women in Payments for 2016, Carol is passionate about driving a culture of innovation at Synchrony Financial.
Throughout her more than 20 years in Information Technology, Carol has leveraged her deep technology and financial services background to develop creative technology solutions to meet the needs of customers and clients.
Rob Klee is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Commissioner Klee was appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in January 2014.
DEEP is the state agency charged with conserving, improving and protecting the state’s natural resources and environment, providing first-rate outdoor recreation opportunities, and bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy to Connecticut’s residents and businesses. DEEP is focused on integrating energy and environmental policies and helping Connecticut to build a sustainable and prosperous 21st-century economy.
Commissioner Klee joined DEEP in April 2011 as Chief of Staff. In that role he oversaw the work of the agency, supported the efforts of the Commissioner, and advised the Commissioner and senior staff on a wide range of environmental and energy policy issues.
Prior to joining state service, Commissioner Klee was an attorney with Wiggin and Dana LLP, in New Haven, where he specialized in appellate work and energy and environmental law.
From 2004 to 2005 Commissioner Klee worked as a Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and from 2005 to 2006 as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He served as a Research Affiliate in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 2006 to 2008.
Commissioner Klee holds a Ph.D. from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science.
Dr. Liu obtained his B.S. in chemistry and psychology and his M.D. at Stanford University.
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.
Rick Mastracchio is a NASA Astronaut, Mission Specialist, Flight Engineer and EVA Spacewalk Lead. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an Astronaut and extensive experience in project management, systems design, engineering and technical operations. He has served as a crew member on the Space Shuttles Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavor, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station.
A native of Connecticut, Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, and master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Houston.
Rick is an experienced public speaker who uses his space mission experiences to develop topics for industry and uses NASA’s missions to excite and educate students of all ages.
Matt manages CI’s full array of business startup and growth initiatives, which include venture and equity investment funds, loans and loan guarantees, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. A veteran business executive, Matt has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management.
Matt comes to CI from Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a New York City-based technology venture capital firm. While at CVP, Matt led investments and played an operating role in turnarounds for several successful portfolio companies. Prior to CVP, Matt was a director at Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures (STV), where he helped launch and manage a portfolio of spinout companies, as well as the deployment of STV’s profitable seed fund. During his tenure, 11 portfolio companies went public or were acquired by publicly traded companies.
Prior to Columbia, Matt co-founded Eureka Networks, a communications and application software organization. Eureka was eventually sold for more than $100 million. Prior to that, Matt managed product development, new product roll-outs, and sales and marketing for two Fortune 500 companies, Becton Dickinson and MCI.
Matt has also served as a business and technology reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Energy and various other agencies in the U.S. government. Matt received his B.A. from Boston College and his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
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.
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, focused on a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.
Dr. McQuade 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. 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 technology development 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 charm quark production performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Dr. McQuade currently serves as a member of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, and previously served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Dr. McQuade is a member of the Board of Trustees for Carnegie Mellon University and for Miss Porter’s School.
Kris is the leader of environmental programs for GE. In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of associated programs globally. Previously, Kris was the global leader of water programs in the GE corporate EHS group for nearly 8 years.
Kris began her career working in the municipal water sector as a process engineer for the Regional Water Authority in New Haven, CT and over the past 33 years, 14 in an executive capacity, she has assumed leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Kris has assumed a variety of positions across several Fortune 500 companies including Clairol, Inc., Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. environmental consultants, Environmental Compliance Officer for ABB/Combustion Engineering, Director of Global Environmental Programs and EHS Governance at Pratt and Whitney (Division of UTC), and most recently (prior to her present role with GE), she was the Director of Environmental Programs at Tyco International located in Princeton, NJ.
Kris possesses a BS in Biology from Fairfield University, MS Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, MEM Environmental Management from Yale University, and an EMBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in 9 states, Board Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Certified Safety Professional, Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, and an ENVISIONTM Sustainability Professional . She also possesses a Class IV Water Treatment Plant Operators License issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and is an Environmental Laboratory Director through the same agency. Kris is an active member in several professional EHS organizations and was elected to the status of Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, President of the National Association of Environmental Managers, NAEM, as well as Vice President/President-elect of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. For the past 6 years, Kris was a visiting lecturer at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering in 2011.
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.
Tom Prete is vice president of Engineering, Military Engines at Pratt & Whitney. Tom provides overall strategic leadership for technical activities related to all military engine programs, ensuring Engineering’s timely delivery to critical internal and external customer requirements, including product cost, reliability, production and flight test support. Tom brings nearly 28 years of technical experience to this role.
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.
James Redeker was named Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on August 25, 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the statewide system of highway operations and maintenance, capital project design and construction and public transportation.
Mr. Redeker serves on the board of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which is responsible for Bradley International Airport and the five general aviation airports. He also serves on the boards of the Connecticut Port Authority and the Capital Region Development Authority. Mr. Redeker represents Connecticut and chairs the Northeast Corridor Commission that has responsibility for the creation and implementation of a short-term and long-term, regional investment strategy for the Northeast Corridor. Mr. Redeker is also a member of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee.
Mr. Redeker joined CTDOT in 2009 after a 30-year career with NJ TRANSIT.
Mr. Redeker received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science in 1977 and a Master’s in Civil Engineering in 1980 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Jean Scire (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’84 UConn) is a SVP and Head of IT, Business Groups and North Ameriac, at Philips, leading the IT organizations supporting Philips’ global Health Tech-focused businesses. A member of the Philips information leadership team, Jean contributes strategic direction and is accountable for a critical order-to-cash processes. Her 30-year career has spanned leading business & company culture transformations, implementing lean practices, deploying complex global programs and championing inclusion & diversity focusing on gender parity.
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 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.
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 of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), was appointed in April 2011 to lead the state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.
Commissioner Smith’s top economic development priorities are to strengthen the state’s efforts to nurture and drive innovation; effectively promote and market the state’s many business advantages within Connecticut and beyond its borders; and place a renewed emphasis on all aspects of customer service in order to make the state more business-friendly and attractive for investment.
Joe Triompo, Vice President & General Manager 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 draws on over three decades of chemical industry experience, having joined DuPont in 1980 as a process engineer in the former Fibers Department in Richmond, Virginia.
He held a variety of manufacturing, technical and business assignments throughout his career and has lived in a variety of cities around the world. He was named vice president and general manager for DuPont Nonwovens in February 2003 and vice president and general manager for DuPont Surfaces and Building Innovations in October 2005. In June 2006 he was named group vice president of DuPont Safety & Protection. He was named executive vice president in October 2009.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Vergnano received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mark is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame and is on the board of directors for the US National Safety Council and the American Chemistry Council. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Society of Chemical Industry, the Advisory Board for the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and is a member of the board of directors for Johnson Controls International plc.