Anne Barth: W.Va. 'Tech Divas' a model for new generation
Tarabeth Brumfield, Director of the Early Education STEM Center at Marshall University.
Tracy Miller, Director of the West Virginia Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex, Inc., Bridgeport.
Elizabeth Kraftician, Award-winning Scientist, Researcher and Inventor. Co-Founder of Touchstone Laboratory, Wheeling.
Loretta Martin, Vice President of Operations at CreateTank.
Zeny Cunanan, Executive Vice President at TMC Technologies, Fairmont.
Jamie Miller, Founder of TRAX BioDiscovery, LLC, Fairmont.
Dr. Valerie Mattimore Fuller, Co-Inventor, Maven Analytical, Huntington.
Maura McLaughlin, Ph.D., WVU Astronomer.
Moreover, West Virginia's colleges and universities are helping to spur the next generation of female technology leaders and entrepreneurs. Among innovative women who are breaking new ground on campus with exciting ventures include:
WVU junior Katherine Bomkamp, who recently won one of 10 2012 Popular Mechanic's "World Changing Innovation Awards!" for her phantom limb pain reduction technology.
Meg Grzeskiewicz, a WVU student who won the 2011 Statewide Collegiate Business Plan for her "Bulls-I Cattle Breeding technology," which will improve success and lower costs for cattle breeders.
TechConnect West Virginia is pleased to be among the partners in this important initiative. We will host a two-day conference in Wheeling on Oct. 18 to 19 to inspire and support women working in technology fields, whether in higher education and research, the public sector, as a new entrepreneur, or in private industry. We hope every year the list of "tech Divas" in our state will be larger and larger.
Barth is executive director of TechConnect West Virginia, For more information about the "Women in Technology: A Formula for Success" conference at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, visit techconnectwv.org.