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2007 Inductees


Dr. Wanda M. Austin Dr. Wanda M. Austin
Senior Vice President, National Systems Group and President/CEO-Elect

Helen Greiner Helen Greiner
Co-founder and Chairman, iRobot Corp.

Lucinda Sanders Lucinda Sanders
CEO & Co-Founder, National Center for Women and Information Tech.

Padmasree Warrior Padmasree Warrior
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola, Inc.



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Featured Profile


Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola, Inc.

Inducted in: 2007

Deemed "Sharp as a RAZR" by the Chicago Sun Times and a "Rising Star" by Fortune Magazine, Padmasree Warrior, Motorola's executive vice president and chief technology officer, is responsible for the company's $3.7 billion research and development investment. An engineer at heart with a true knack for business, Padmasree's charter is to drive innovation, prioritize technology programs and accelerate creative research to commercialization. Padmasree's operational responsibility is to lead Motorola's global team of 26,000 engineers and direct Motorola Labs, Motorola's software, emerging early-stage businesses and the corporation's intellectual property portfolio.

Padmasree is recognized internationally as the thought leader who shaped the industry vision of "seamless mobility" for next generation communications. She is credited with crafting much of Motorola's strategy around seamless mobility; to deliver easy uninterrupted access to everything people want in a flat and mobile world.

Padmasree's energetic, approachable and pragmatic leadership style brings together ideas from diverse groups of sociologists, technologists, marketers, and lawyers. Through processes she established to harness technical, business and entrepreneurial IQ to nurture disruptive and breakthrough innovation, Motorola has accelerated innovation into the market; reducing time from labs to market by half, realizing a ten fold increase in the flow of ideas from research into products and growing the patent portfolio.

Under Padmasree's leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States. Motorola received this highest recognition of American innovation for the first time in the company's 77 year history in Feb 2006.

Wickedly intelligent and articulate, Padmasree received a M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India. In 2007 she was honored to receive Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa, from New York's Polytechnic University.

Padmasree is an external director on the Board of Corning Corporation (NYSE:GLW).

Padmasree is passionate about industry initiatives and is also a committed community leader, contributing her time to serve on the boards of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet and Museum of Science and Industry, the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR), the Chicago Mayor's Technology Council, Cornell University Engineering Council and advisory council of Indian Institute of Technology. She previously served on the Texas Governor's Council for Digital Economy, the White House Fellowships Selection Board, the Technology Advisory Council for the FCC and on the Advisory Committee for the Computing and Information Science and Engineering of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

She is a strong and vocal advocate for women and minorities in math, science and engineering. In September 2007 she will be inducted into the Women in Information Technology International Hall of Fame. In 2001 she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the "Women Elevating Science and Technology" award from Working Woman Magazine. In the past two years she was recognized as a role model by many organizations such Girl Scouts Illinois Crossroads Council, Notre Dame Girls High School, South Asian Women Leadership Forum and as a Science Spectrum Trailblazer, among others. In September 2007 she will be inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame.

Padmasree is recognized globally as an energetic and inspirational force. The Economic Times recently ranked Padmasree as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian and she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Recently, she was honored with the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award. Her achievements were further recognized by American Immigration Law Foundation in 2003.

As a visionary industry influencer who has demonstrated excellent global talent development and operational leadership capabilities, Padmasree is a highly sought after public speaker.

Padmasree and her husband enjoy the challenge of integrating the complexities of their respective high tech careers with the demands of parenting.