The Edison Awards celebrates the “Women Behind Innovation”; recognizing women who are paving the way and encouraging young women to dream big and develop the critical skills they need to fuel tomorrow’s innovation culture.



  • Women Behind Innovation: Elizabeth Owen
    October 13, 2017
    Elizabeth Owen is committed to leveraging machine learning to optimize adaptive and engaging learning systems. From an early start Elizabeth has always had a passion for education and helping those around her achieve their very best. Before joining Age of Learning as the Director of Learning and Data Science, Elizabeth worked ...
  • Women Behind Innovation: Priska Diaz
    October 12, 2017
    As a leading innovator and 2015 Edison Awards winner, Priska has single-handedly, developed a disruptive technology in a category that sat still for decades. Priska relocated to the United States from her native Peru at the age of 17. As a disadvantaged immigrant, Priska studied English and financed her college education by ...
  • Women Behind Innovation: Dr. Rebecca Von Der Heide
    October 5, 2017
    Since she can remember, Dr. Rebecca Von Der Heide has always asked “why’? Her passion for understanding the human mind led her to Penn State University, where she earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and completed two years of postdoctoral neuroscience training at Temple University.  Rebecca also completed two ...
  • Women Behind Innovation: Emily Tipaldo
    September 28, 2017
    Emily Tipaldo is an advocate for responsible plastic solutions. Recently named a “Rising Star” in Plastics News, Emily leads the Plastics Division’s Packaging Team, representing major U.S. resin suppliers. She is an advocate for policies and value chain initiatives that recognize plastic packaging and plastic products as valuable resources. Emily leads ...
  • Women Behind Innovation: Jin Kim Montclare, PhD
    September 18, 2017
    Jin Kim Montclare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, who is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature. She works to customize artificial proteins with the aim of ...
  • Women Behind Innovation: Kristin Persson
    September 14, 2017
    Known as a pioneer of materials genomics, University of California, Berkley, Associate Professor, Kristin Persson, has been leading a multi-institution, multi-national effort to compute the properties of all inorganic materials and provide the data and associated analysis algorithms for every material researcher free of charge. This project is called the Materials Project. ...
  • Women Behind Innovation: Hannah Deering
    August 30, 2017
    As the only female graduate in her Computer Science program at Iowa State University, Hannah Deering has been looking challenges straight in the eye for a long time. “Early in my college career, I felt very intimidated when students would ask questions I didn’t understand. I rarely raised my hand, because ...
  • Women Behind Innovation: Bethany Mayer
    August 29, 2017
    Bethany Mayer sees her job in the world of technology as a way to make people’s lives better. “I love technology! It is exciting and makes people’s lives better. I enjoy spending time brainstorming new product ideas, talking to customers about how a product can help them, putting a plan together, and working ...




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