March 26, 2018

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Digital Rochester Announces 2018 Technology Woman of the Year Awards Recipients
Rochester, NY - Digital Rochester announced the winners of the 2018 Technology Woman of the Year Awards this morning at a breakfast ceremony at Locust Hill Country Club. DR honored all 19 nominees before announcing Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Ph.D. as the winner of the Technology Woman of the Year award and Kristen Seversky, the winner of the Emerging Technology Woman of the Year. Award nominees are professionals in the high technology field who live, work, and make an impact of the Greater Rochester area. 

Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Digital Rochester's Technology Woman of the Year
Technology Woman of the Year Award Winner: Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Professor, Graduate Program Chair, and Director of the NanoComputing Research Lab, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Ph.D. has secured multi-million-dollar research grants and her team has exclusive access to cutting-edge AI processors for benchmarking. Her current research interests are in Artificial Intelligence Platforms, brain inspired neural algorithms, novel computing substrates, and energy efficient machine intelligence.
Dr. Kudithipudi is the recipient of the Airforce faculty fellowship, Telluride cognitive computing fellowship, ASEE faculty fellowship, and UTSA outstanding graduate research fellowship. Her research leadership in brain-inspired computing is published in a myriad of prominent publication venues and she leads Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) workshops in artificial intelligence. She has given talks at multiple leading organizations such as IBM, Intel, DoD, DOE, AFRL, DARPA, and NSA. 
Kristen Seversky, Digital Rochester's Emerging Technology Woman of the Year
Emerging Technology Woman of the Year Award Winner: Kristen Seversky, Co-Chapter Leader for Rochester's Chapter, Girl Develop It
Kristen Seversky is a design-thinking, code-writing, chapter-leading, people person from Pennsylvania that fell in love with Rochester while earning her degrees from RIT. The majority of Kristen's career was spent coding for various companies and projects, but she shifted to the realm of design thinking to work closely with end users and capture their needs. Kristen believes in creating bridges between the often-polar business, design, and development realms so that companies can build the best solutions.

In 2014, she leveraged Rochester's collaborative spirit to bring a chapter of Girl Develop It to the city. Four years and 800+ members later, Kristen has solidified her niche for leading others into tech, empowering women to make career changes, and building a sense of community and unity within our city.

Nominees at Technology Woman of the Year Awards Breakfast



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Digital Rochester was founded in 2000 and is made up of professionals and companies working together to strengthen the Greater Rochester Area's technology business community. DR events and community services include a wide array of educational and networking activities designed to support the growth and success of the Rochester business community. 


In 2010, the organization grew with the inclusion of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and eBusiness Association (eBA). In 2012, DR entered into a strategic alliance with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). This alliance enhances DR's ability to support the Greater Rochester Region's business community.

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