Lauded for her efforts in innovation, Lynn La Pietra, Ph.D., Digital Research and Development (R&D) Leader in Carestream’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) group, won a Silver Stevie® Award in the Most Innovative Woman of the Year – Technology category at the 2022 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Dr. La Pietra has been instrumental in developing products to detect problems in complex infrastructures across industries.

An innovation translator and one of few women leaders in the NDT industry, Dr. La Pietra relies on cross-functional communication and collaboration to bring products to life, drawing on core strengths of her team.

“I am among a field of very talented women with many outstanding credentials. Just being a finalist has been a tremendous honor,” Dr. La Pietra said. “As women in business, we recognize how diverse thought can be transformative to technology and to industry so, thank you, Stevie Awards, for recognizing our gifts and achievements.”

Carestream NDT’s breakthrough technology, its first non-glass large format detector, HPX-DR 3543 PE, is an illustration of Dr. La Pietra’s approach—collaboration yields success. She directed developing technology, originally designed for a medical device, toward NDT, a completely different industry. 

The new, next-generation non-glass detector is built for durability and reliability in harsh environments. It is the culmination of collaboration within Carestream NDT and customers, leveraging technology to address unique needs. It resolves a challenge—glass used in a detector panel could break, resulting in downtime and associated expenses.

“With over 25 years in research, I’ve found there can be a multiplicative power to one’s own innovative abilities, by combining with another, or even better, a team—it’s the collaborative power that can bring forth grand innovation,” Dr. La Pietra said. “I am so grateful and proud of my team, for their dedication and their multiplicative innovative spirit.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run—worldwide. More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 100 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women and Women Run Workplace of the Year. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 business professionals around the world, working on eight juries.  

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