Digital Rochester has announced its two winners for technology women of the year as Dhireesha Kudithipudi and, in the new emerging technology category, Kristen Seversky.
Kudithipudi serves as director of the nanocomputing lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology, professor and graduate program chair. With a current focus on artificial intelligence platforms and neural algorithms, she has been the recipient of several multi-million dollar grants and fellowships, including the Airforce faculty fellowship, Telluride cognitive computing fellowship, the American Society for Engineering Education faculty fellowship and the University of Texas at San Antonio outstanding graduate research fellowship.
An RIT graduate, Seversky is a coder who currently works as a senior web developer for Pharos Systems. While her work has dotted the coding map across a number of industries, she is perhaps best known for co-founding the Rochester Chapter of Girl Develop It, a national nonprofit focused on empowering women in the web development space. Seversky founded the chapter in 2014, and just four years later, it now boasts a roster of over 800 members.