Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
45th Annual Meeting
The Connecticut Academy is a non-profit, 501(c)3 institution patterned after the National Academy of Sciences to identify and study issues and technological advancements that are or should be of concern to the state of Connecticut. It was founded in 1976 by Special Act of the Connecticut General Assembly.
The Vision of the Academy is to foster an environment in Connecticut where scientific and technological creativity can thrive and contribute to Connecticut becoming a leading place in the country to live, work and produce for all its citizens, who will continue to enjoy an economic well- being and high quality of life.
Our Mission is to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the State of Connecticut and promote its application to human welfare and economic well-being.
Please consider a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s Operating Fund. Your support will help the Academy continue to recognize and celebrate excellence in science, medicine, mathematics, technology, and engineering and to provide advice on issues related to science and engineering that affect the social and economic well-being of the people and the state of Connecticut.
Welcome to the 45th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. I am pleased to join you in this celebration of excellence in science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and technology with the election of 36 new members, one honorary member, two Academy member distinguished service awards, the Connecticut Medal of Technology recipient, and student awards. Although circumstances did not allow us to gather together in person for this celebration, we must not let this opportunity pass to recognize those being honored this year. They represent an incredible group of accomplished people living and working in Connecticut.
I encourage you to explore the specially designed annual meeting website, which will be available for you to revisit over the next few months and share with your colleagues, friends, and family. I am delighted, as I am sure you will be too, to learn about those who are being honored this year. Additionally, on this site you can watch a video presentation on Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, the state’s 2020 Connecticut Medal of Technology awardee, watch the keynote address and presentation of the CASE Paper on COVID-19 pandemic, and hear from the Academy’s inaugural Science & Technology Policy Fellow.
The Academy thanks our sponsors for their generous support and I encourage you, if your circumstances allow, to consider a much-needed donation to the Academy’s operating fund.
With this meeting, I complete my term as President. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve the Academy. I wish my successor, Christine Broadbridge my very best in taking on the responsibilities of the CASE presidency. I am happy to know that the Academy will be in good hands under her leadership.
ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM
45th Annual Virtual Meeting, June 30, 2020
6 PM Via Live Meeting (see recording for your convenience)
Annual Meeting Overview
7 PM Adjourn LiveMeeting to Explore the CASE Annual Meeting Website
CASE Annual Meeting Sponsors
Opportunity to Pledge Support
Welcome, Baki Cetegen, CASE President
Academy Distinguished Service Awards
Connecticut Medal of Technology
CASE – DEEP Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
An Adaptive Risk-Based Strategy for Connecticut’s Ongoing COVID-19 Response
The Academy convened a committee of our members and/or members of the National Academies— who collectively represent the diverse areas of science, engineering, technology, and medicine — with the goal of providing for Governor Ned Lamont consideration a unique perspective to consider in the state’s management of this pandemic. The Academy recognized that the decision-making process is, by necessity, conducted in a complex, dynamic environment that requires continuous adaptation to reduce the risks and increase benefit to public health and the economy. Specifically, the Academy recognizes that decisions in this environment are not either/or, but more nuanced and require a deft touch to adapt to changing levels of risk.
This paper was submitted to the Office of the Governor on June 1, 2020, and is also available to the public.
David Parekh, PhD
Project Director for the CASE Paper, Corporate Vice President, Research, and Director, United Technologies Research Center (Retired)
As corporate vice president, Research, and director, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), David Parekh provided global leadership for United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) central research organization.
Spotlight on Innovation in the 21st Century… Ready or Not?
IBM Fellow Emeritus and Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology (Retired); CASE Member – Elected in 2016
Nick Donofrio is IBM’s former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology and also was named a Fellow in 2008 (now Fellow emeritus), the company’s highest technical honor. He holds seven patents.
Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist, Elemental Cognition; Director of Artificial Intelligence, Bridgewater Associates; CASE Member – Elected in 2020
David Ferrucci is the founder, CEO and Chief Scientist at Elemental Cognition and Director of Artificial Intelligence at Bridgewater Associates. Prior to that, he worked at IBM Research for nearly 20 years, where he was named an IBM Fellow in 2011.
- Scientific distinction achieved through significant original contribution in theory or application;
- Unusual accomplishments in the pioneering of new and developing fields of applied science and technology.
In addition, members of the national academies are automatically considered for membership by resolution of Council.
The following are the 2020 Newly Elected Members of the Academy:
Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neuroscience, and Professor of Comparative Medicine, of Genetics and of Psychiatry; Executive Director, Genome Editing Center, Yale School of Medicine
MEGAN V. SMITH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center; Director, Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership; Director, Yale Child Study Center Parent and Family Development Program, Yale School of Medicine
The Academy created the category of Honorary Membership in 2009 to recognize individuals not otherwise eligible for membership. Honorary nominees are considered on the basis of outstanding service to the Academy through participation and/or activities in support of the Academy’s vision and mission.
Honorary members are nominated and designated after a 2/3rds vote of the Academy’s Council. Selection of Honorary Members is limited to no more than two individuals per year. Honorary Members shall be entitled to all privileges of membership, except voting and holding elective office.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Connecticut Science Center
Matt Fleury was elected an honorary member of the Academy in recognition of his efforts in support of the Academy’s vision and mission. Specifically, he is honored for his activities that foster science and engineering education of the highest quality and promote interest in science and engineering on the part of the public, especially young people.
ACADEMY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
The Academy’s Governing Council created in July 2009 the Distinguished Service Award for presentation to Academy Members who provide outstanding service to the Academy.
- The Governing Council nominates candidates for the award;
- The Executive Committee selects award recipients with the consent of Governing Council; and
- Awardees are recognized at the Academy’s Annual Meeting; recognition includes presentation of a plaque in commemoration of the award.
Laura B. Grabel
CASE Member – 2007; Professor of Biology, Emerita and retired Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society, Wesleyan University.
In recognition of outstanding contributions as a Member of the Academy
Dr. Grabel was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2007), to its governing council in 2012, and most recently as vice president, president, and past president, each for two-year terms (2014 to present).
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company (ret.); President, RAMatzie Nuclear Technology Consulting, LLC
In recognition of outstanding contributions as a Member of the Academy
Dr. Matzie was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2006, and to its executive committee as secretary for two, four-year terms from 2012 to 2020.
MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY
The Connecticut Medal of Technology, the state’s highest honor for technologic achievement, is awarded to individuals, teams, and companies/non-profits or divisions of companies/non-profits for their outstanding contributions to the economic, environmental and social well-being of Connecticut and the nation through the promotion of technology, technological innovation, or the development of the technological workforce.
The Connecticut Medals of Science and Technology are awarded in alternate years by the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Medals are modeled after the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation awarded annually by the president of the United States.
This award is bestowed by the state of Connecticut, with the assistance of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology.
Sikorsky has been a leader in aviation and innovation ever since Igor Sikorsky founded Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corporation in 1923. Sikorsky helicopters have transported every U.S. president since 1957 and have also fulfilled aviation needs across all branches of the military. In 2004, engineers started work on X2 Technology to overcome the speed and stability limitations of prior helicopters. These limits drove Sikorsky engineers to completely rethink the typical design of a helicopter. X2 Technology consists of: counter-rotating rigid rotor blades, fly-by-wire flight controls, hub drag reduction, active vibration control, and an integrated auxiliary propulsion system.
“Sikorsky engineers represent the most innovative minds in our industry,” said Dan Schultz, Sikorsky President. “Their passion for excellence continues to expand the boundaries of helicopter speed and maneuverability. I am extremely proud that our team’s work has paved the way to meet the needs of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.”
Sikorsky’s engineering and manufacturing expertise is a significant economic force in the state, with currently 7,900 CT-based employees. X2 Technology will directly benefit the state’s economy.
“Connecticut is proud to award the 2020 Connecticut Medal of Technology to Sikorsky,” said Governor Ned Lamont. “Connecticut is home to the nation’s most innovative and talented aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers— and companies like Sikorsky keep us competitive by continuously providing exciting new opportunities for top engineering and science graduates from our state’s colleges and universities. Sikorsky is to be congratulated for their ongoing innovations and commitment to the state of Connecticut and our workforce.”
Connecticut Invention Convention
The Academy recognizes the following 15 grade-level 7 and 8 students who participated in CIC with certificates of recognition and a $50 certificate for the purchase of scientific equipment, books, or other science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics-related materials. Funding for the Academy’s awards is provided by Academy Member contributions.
Shelton Intermediate School, Grade 7
Greens Farm Academy, Grade 7
My Plastic Place
East Granby Middle School, Grade 7
East Windsor Middle School, Grade 8
CPR Smart Gloves
Newtown Middle School, Grade 8
The Skin Saver
Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School, Grade 8
WeatherReady Car Protection Kit
Lyme Old Lyme Middle School, Grade 7
Newtown Middle School, Grade 8
Eco-Friendly Waste Elimination System
GENESIS ORTIZ, JR.
Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School, Grade 8
Talcott Mountain Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Technology, Grade 7
Dampening, Quantifying, and Recording a Tremor
Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Grade 8
Harvesting Energy from Rainwater Using an Archimedes Screw
Lyme Old Lyme Middle School, Grade 7
Talcott Mountain Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Technology, Grade 8
West Rocks Middle School, Grade 7
Madina Academy, Grade 7
Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. These symposia are effective in enhancing high school student motivation, stimulating original research, and providing the setting for exciting scientific meetings. Mature scientists have often expressed astonishment at the high level of student accomplishment. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the JSHS program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2019-2020.
The Academy recognizes the following top five oral presenters and their respective schools. Each winner receives a $250 award, a certificate of recognition from the Academy, and their congressional representative; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding for the Academy’s awards is provided by Academy Member contributions.
RACHEL BROOKS, 1st PLACE
Christian Heritage School, Grade 11
Increased Prevalence of Gastrointestinal, Cardiovascular, and Immunologic Conditions in Hospitalized Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: A Case-Control Study
SAM FLORIN, 2nd PLACE
Greenwich High School, Grade 11
Decoding Algorithms for Correction of X-Z and Spatially Correlated Errors in Topological Quantum Computing
KENNETH CHOI, 3rd PLACE
Ridgefield High School, Grade 11
Towards Privacy-Preserving Intelligence: Differential Privacy in Machine Learning
ASHLEY GRANQUIST, 4th PLACE
William H. Hall High School, Grade 12
Multiwavelength Identification of Black Hole Candidates in M13
SHUN SAKAI, 5th PLACE
Greenwich High School, Grade 12
Portable, Simple Filtration of V. Cholerae Infected Water using Electrified, Silver-SWCNT Nanostructures within a Sari-Cloth Textile
Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Urban School Challenge, Middle School
The Academy recognizes the Urban School Challenge – Middle School Winner. The student receives from the Academy a $250 award, a certificate of recognition from the Academy and their congressional representative; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding support for the program, including the student awards, is provided by Academy Member contributions, including donations to the Academy’s endowment fund.
Engineering and Science University Magnet School, Grade 7
Effectiveness of the Organic Polymers for Removing Microplastic in an Aqueous Solution
Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Urban School Challenge, High School, H. Joseph Gerber Award of Excellence
The Academy recognizes the Urban School Challenge – High School Winner with the H. Joseph Gerber Award of Excellence. This award is a tribute to Joe Gerber’s contributions as a leader in Connecticut business and technology innovation and is meant to serve as an inspiration for Connecticut’s young scientists. Joe Gerber was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and the Connecticut Medal of Technology, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the founder of Gerber Scientific.
The winner is a team of two students. Each will receive a $500 award, a plaque, certificates of recognition from the Academy and their congressional representative, and a book on the life of H. Joseph Gerber, “The Inventor’s Dilemma – The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber,” authored by his son, David Gerber; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding support for the program, including the student awards, is provided by Academy Member contributions, including donations to the Academy’s endowment fund.
Johnathan Bell, Grade 12
Devesh Kakkar, Grade 12
Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
Augmentation of Urban Wind Energy Harvesters to Increase Electrical Power Generation and Environmental Protections
Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Life and Physical Sciences, Senior Division, H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence
The H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence is a tribute to Joe Gerber’s contributions as a leader in Connecticut business and technology innovation and is meant to serve as an inspiration for Connecticut’s young scientists. Joe Gerber was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and the Connecticut Medal of Technology, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the founder of Gerber Scientific.
Each student will receive a $1000 award, a symbolic solid silver H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence, certificates of recognition from the Academy and their congressional representative, and a book on the life of H. Joseph Gerber, “The Inventor’s Dilemma – The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber,” authored by his son, David Gerber; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding support for the program, including the student awards, is provided by Academy Member contributions, including donations to the Academy’s endowment fund.
PATRICIA JOSEPH, LIFE SCIENCE WINNER, GRADE 10
Engineering and Science University Magnet School
Comparative Analysis of the Mitigation and Emissions Rates of Volatile-Organic Compounds in Various Ornamental Plants Using a Monitored Environment
ABIGAIL SLANSKI, PHYSICAL SCIENCE WINNER, GRADE 12
Amity Regional High School
Using an Automated Coating System to Optimize Nitric Oxide Release Patterns of Antibacterial Catheters
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
In 2017, CASE received one of nine planning grants awarded by the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST) in partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation. The grants supported state-level planning for the implementation of a science and technology policy fellowship program, with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and CCST Policy Fellowship Programs as successful models from which to build. The fellowships provide opportunities for scientists, physicians, and engineers with PhD’s or equivalent terminal degrees to contribute their skills and knowledge to the development of science-related public policies while simultaneously learning about the public policy process.
CASE began the planning phase by establishing a Fellowship Advisory Committee that included representatives from state government, former and current fellows, CASE Members, and foundations. The committee provided guidance for development of the program.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection provided the first opportunity to place a CASE Fellow. After a competitive selection process, Dr. Anna Hagstrom agreed to serve as the Inaugural Fellow of CASE and began a two-year fellowship at DEEP in the spring 2019. As an integral member of DEEP’s per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) team. Betsy Wingfield, Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Quality at DEEP, shared that Dr. Hagstrom’s fellowship provides her agency with the advantage of a skilled and talented resource on site to apply to an issue that is expanding every day. And, “I also love the fact that we are working to integrate science and policy — and helping to develop the next generation of environmental leaders.”
Anna L. Hagstrom, PhD
Inaugural CASE Science and Technology Policy Fellow
PFAS & Emerging Contaminants Policy, Remediation Division
Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse, DEEP
As the inaugural CASE Science and Technology Policy Fellow, I have spent the past fourteen months working in the Remediation Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).