Founders

Matthew Laudon

President and Founding Chairman

Dr. Matthew Laudon is President and Founding Chair of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), and Founder & Executive Director for Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI) in Cambridge, MA. Born in Austin TX, he obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and subsequently worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), Motorola in Los Alamos National Laboratories and numerous early stage companies in commercialization and partnership development. He has published over 30 technical publications and patents in topics ranging from nanotechnology, semiconductors and microsystems.

Dr. Laudon is the co-founder of the world’s largest nanotech community (NSTI) and multiple conference series, annually co-editing over 4000 pages of scientific and business research for the Nanotech (1998-present) and Clean Technology (2006-present), TechConnect (2006-present) which all focus on a community concept of accelerating commercialization of emerging technology into business and society.

Bart Romanowicz

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Bart Romanowicz is Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) and Founder and Executive Director of Technology Development for the Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI) in Cambridge, MA. He received his M.S. and Sc.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, working in the Microsystems Institute. Dr. Romanowicz is an expert in matching technology capabilities with industrial needs for commercialization. He has served as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an industrial and academic partner manager at the Microsystems firm Coventor and as technology team lead with the Boston based Axiowave Networks, Inc. and CFD Research Corporation.

Dr. Romanowicz has over 40 technical publications primarily in micro system design, is the author of Methodology for the Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems, Kluwer (1998), is the co-founder and chair of the Nanotech International Conference and Trade Show.

Sarah J. Wenning

Founder and Vice President, Operations

Sarah Wenning is Co-founder and Vice President of Operations for the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), and Co-Founder of the Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI) in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Wenning obtained a B.A. with the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has worked in operational management positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a variety of San Francisco Bay area biotechnology start-ups. She has worked with the NSTI and TechConnect since its founding in 1997. Ms. Wenning has 20+ years of meeting management and event planning experience, including directing operations for meetings ranging from 50 to as large as 8,000 attendees. She has planned meetings and events for non-profits, government agencies, government contractors, associations and corporations.


TechConnect Support Team

Jennifer Rocha

Strategic Development

Jennifer Rocha serves as Director of Strategic Development for TechConnect, based out of Cambridge Massachusetts.  She is responsible for business and strategy as it relates to industry and academic partnerships, commercialization and partnership programs, and managing the Innovation Community consisting of thousands of innovation, corporate and investment partners from around the globe.  She has more than a decade of experience in research, publications, and event management in both the public and private sectors, and has worked with TechConnect since it’s founding in 2004.

Before joining TechConnect, Jennifer was a Project Manager at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), a leading state economic development organization.  She served as Manager and Research Analyst for MTC’s flagship publication, the annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy report.  Jennifer holds a dual B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.

Christopher Erb

Events

Christopher Erb is Vice President of Events for TechConnect, based out of Cambridge Massachusetts.  Christopher manages high-level corporate and investment partnerships and sponsorships, along with strategy development for the TechConnect suite of conferences and showcase programs.

Christopher obtained a B.S. with the University of Lowell, Massachusetts, and has over 20 years experience in the conference and trade show industry.  Formally the Vice President of Events at DCI, an Andover, Massachusetts based conference-company and the Chief Operating Officer of Pulvermedia, a Long Island, New York based trade show organization, Christopher has extensive experience in sales, marketing, operations, content development and executive management.

Regina Ramazzini

Programs

Regina Ramazzini specializes in venture capital and innovation networking programs for TechConnect’s clean technology conference series. Regina has been a member of the TechConnect team since 2007. Regina’s 13+ years in conference management provides her with expertise in content development, speaker recruitment, sales, and onsite conference and trade show management. Her experience ranges from object-oriented programming , Apache, & XML events to private equity and VC investing in life sciences, nanotech and cleantech. She received a B.A degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from the New York State University at Albany.

Derek Mayer

Partnerships

Derek Mayer is the Partnership Manager for TechConnect, based out of Cambridge Massachusetts.  He is responsible for fostering the relationships between TechConnect and early stage companies and non-commercialized intellectual property providers.  Derek started his professional career in the clean tech industry while working for local startups near his Alma mater-Union college in Schenectady NY.  His past work includes everything from geothermal construction to Industrial and residential energy solutions and financial modeling for large clean technology investments.  Derek is an economics graduate with a versatile background in sales, marketing, market research, back office operations, financial strategic planning and coaching.

Tara Luddy-Cotoia

Graphics

Tara Luddy-Cotoia supports TechConnect's online, print presence and marketing efforts with web and print design/production/prepress and print management duties. Tara obtained her B.A. from Salem State University in Graphic Design and has 17+ years of print and web design experience. Before to joining TechConnect, Tara was the Senior Designer and Art Director at Pulvermedia, Inc., a New York based trade show organization and at Accent Communications, Inc., a Massachusetts based advertising agency. Tara has also held full and freelance positions at various agencies in the Boston area including Marketing Drive, Grand Image Marketing, McDougall Associates (now part of Bozell Worldwide) and Nynex (now Verizon). Tara has worked on projects for a variety industries and clients including IDG World Expo, Digital Consulting, Inc. (DCI), NetworkWorld, Inc, Energy Star, Ameresco, Eaton Corporation, Axis Communications, Marriott, Deutsche Bank, and more. Tara has been with TechConnect since 2008.