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CyPhy Works Founder Helen Greiner Named Woman of the Year for 2018
March 6, 2018
Helen Greiner, founder of CyPhy Works
Helen Greiner, founder of CyPhy Works, will be honored as Wentworth Institute of Technology’s 2018 Woman of the Year at the March 17 Women@Wentworth celebration.
The event, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Watson Auditorium, will mark the 46th anniversary of the Board of Trustees vote on April 20, 1972, to admit women to the Institute.
Greiner, co-founder of iRobot, will deliver remarks and be presented with the award by Wentworth President Zorica Pantić.
This year, the Women at Wentworth event also will recognize female-identified club and organization presidents.
CyPhy Works is a leading drone company delivering aerial platforms to defense, security, public safety, and commercial markets. Co-founding iRobot in 1990, Greiner served as president until 2004 and chairman until 2008. During her tenure, Greiner guided iRobot into its position as a global leader with the release of the Roomba, the PackBot, and SUGV Military Robots. In addition, she led iRobot’s financing efforts, raising $35 million in venture capital for a $75 million initial public offering.
Greiner is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, where she was recognized for leadership in the design, development, and application of practical robots. She was named “Innovator for the Next Century” by The Review magazine, and was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT. She also holds honorary degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clarkson University.
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- June 1, 2018—A group of professors at Wentworth Institute of Technology has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to test the strength of a new superconducting wire for potential use with high field magnets.
- May 18, 2018—Mike Johnson, BELM ’05, and Rob Kodadek, BELM ’05, whose company has worked on the Saturday Night Live studio and Super Bowl XLIX, among other projects, created a lighting module that inspired a world of creativity in Wentworth’s junior industrial design studio.