Ellen Swallow Richards' Legacy: MIT Alumnae Make a Difference

Saturday, March 5, 2011 , Conference 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM,   Reception and Dinner 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Alumnae in the Innovation Ecosystem

This panels gathers talented entrepreneurs interested in applying scientific and technological innovations to improve intellectual property management, data analysis and skincare. Our panelists will discuss the process of creating companies and commercializing technologies, the effect of gender on access to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and how they and other alumnae have risen to the challenges of entrepreneurship. They will also reflect on how their MIT educations have helped them succeed in their career paths.

Jean Hammond SM '86,Founder and Investor, Golden Seeds Boston; Entrepreneur in Residence, MIT;
Regina Valluzzi, '98, Independent Consultant for Pharmaceuticals Industry

Marilyn Matz '80, Founder Paradigm4, Founder, Cognex (previous venture);
Yuying Tang, ML '94Founder and President, InaMei Skincare; Lab Manager, University of Massachusetts Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing;
Priya Iyer, MBA '94, CEO Anaqua

Panel Details

Hammond Jean Hammond SM '84 is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high tech start-ups. She is a founder of the Boston branch of Golden Seeds (which invests in women-managed businesses) and a member of Launchpad and Hub Angels. She plays or played an active board level role with many of her Boston area investments including Crimson Hexagon, Hire Reach and ZipCar. Ms. Hammond also has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in the high-tech industry. Her entrepreneurial activities include co-founding and managing Quarry Technologies and AXON Networks and following 3Com's acquisition of AXON, leading 3Com's WAN strategy. She earned a B.S. from Boston University and an M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is currently a part-time Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Matz Marilyn Matz '80, is CEO and co-founder of Paradigm4, which is developing an open source, advanced analytics software platform for 'big data' problems in scientific and commercial applications. Prior to Paradigm4, Marilyn co-founded Cognex Corporation, a world-leading industrial machine company for factory automation in a diverse range of industries. At Cognex, Marilyn was V.P. of World-wide Engineering and then Sr.V.P and G.M. of the PC Vision Products Business Unit.

Tang Yuying Tang, ML '94 received her PhD in Materials Science from MIT where she worked with Prof. Michael Cima on processing of multilayer electronic ceramic with the aid of polymeric binders. As an industrial research scientist, she invented novel polymeric material for reducing air pollution, high resolution inkjet printing as well as skin-friendly adhesives. Later on, she became new products development manager, then technical director, interacting extensively with domestic and international customers. In 2007, she founded Ina-Mei, a startup developing anti-aging skin care products for those with sensitive skin, featuring SafePeel, bio-compatible skin exfoliation strips. She also manages the Center of Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts.

Iyer Priya Iyer, MBA '94,a seasoned executive with extensive experience in software solutions, strategy, and services, serves as the CEO of Anaqua, a company providing intellectual asset management software for businesses. Previously Priya was responsible for Operations at Steelpoint Technologies, a legal software provider, where she drove the company from the red to profitable quarter after quarter growth. Prior to Steelpoint, Priya held senior positions at Bell Labs and AGENCY.COM. Priya holds a bachelors and masters in Computer Science and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She serves on several women executive panels, is a regular guest speaker at the MIT Sloan School and serves on the Board of Governors for the Sloan Fellows Program.

Valluzzi Dr. Regina Valluzzi, '98, obtained bachelor's degrees in materials science and humanities from MIT and her PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (UMass). As a postdoctoral researcher at UMass, Dr. Valluzzi worked with Prof. Sukant Tripathy developing simple "green" scalable processes that became integral to her approach to nanotechnology and materials development. Dr. Valluzzi was an active faculty member at Tufts University creating material science innovations and planning a multi-use multi-departmental teaching and research laboratory. She left Tufts and founded a start-up company in 2003 to commercialize new chiral separations tools and HPLC phases. Since 2008 Dr. Valluzzi has been working as an independent consultant, using her understanding of materials and new technology development to help the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries develop products and processes.

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