EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) announces the appointment of Dr. Jacquelynn (Jackie) Garofano as its new Chief Technology Officer, effective April 2.
“Having Jackie in this senior technology role is a tremendous opportunity for CCAT. Her experience and deep understanding of advanced technologies as a solution to complex problems will be extremely valuable — not only to CCAT but to the entire manufacturing ecosystem,” said Ron Angelo, President and CEO of CCAT. “Jackie’s expertise in leading engineers, and inspiring a more inclusive workforce, will be a tremendous asset as we partner with manufacturers in new ways.”
Garofano, who is widely respected in the industry, joins the organization after a nearly a decade-long career at Raytheon Technologies and two decades of materials research experience.
“I am thrilled to join Ron and the team at CCAT. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to play an integral role in developing the company’s technical vision, strategic direction and future growth.”
As CTO and lead principal investigator, Garofano will focus on developing and directing new technology projects and programs in collaboration with partner organizations — primarily federal agencies, national labs and consortiums, universities, global industrial corporations and subject matter experts.
Garofano began her career as a research scientist at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) in 2011. Leveraging her materials engineering expertise, she solved technical challenges, provided failure investigation, and developed innovative technologies for the company’s aerospace and building industries. At UTRC, she was a driving force behind utilization of combinatorial high throughput methodology to rapidly execute and assess multivariable design of experiments, focusing on materials informatics approaches, for advanced materials development (including additive manufacturing) and corrosion mitigation. She has 11 technical publications to her credit, including the Applied Physics Letters, the Journal of Materials Science, the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and Additive Manufacturing, and holds two U.S. patents.
“It’s a full-circle career opportunity to step into an executive technology leadership role with CCAT,” said Garofano. She has collaborated with CCAT as a materials scientist on two research programs over her academic and professional career. The first focused on percussion laser drilling of Ni-based superalloys, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2006-09); and the second on the optimization of metal powder additive manufacturing processes on an America Makes program in partnership with Optomec (2014-17).
Garofano has been named one of Connecticut’s Women of Innovation® twice. First, as the recipient of the Collegian Innovation and Leadership Award in 2011 and, most recently, as a finalist in the Large Business Innovation and Leadership category for 2020. She was also named to the “40 Under 40” lists compiled by Connecticut Magazine (2013) and Hartford Business Journal (2015), for professional excellence and leadership. She was recognized as a 2018 The Future is NOW awardee by the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund for her work to advance women and girls in STEM. Most recently, she’s been named the recipient of the 2020 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award and the 2020 Spark Award for mentorship by the Society of Women Engineers.
Garofano earned her bachelor’s in physics with honors from Southern Connecticut State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Connecticut.
CCAT is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 and headquartered in East Hartford, Conn. It creates and implements bold ideas for applied technologies, export compliance and cyber services, energy solutions, STEM education and career development. By leading state, regional and national partnerships. CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations to excel.
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