April 21, 2016

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Lisa Doerner



Digital Rochester Announces 
2016 Technology Woman of the Year
Winner named at breakfast on April 21, 2016
Rochester, N.Y. - Digital Rochester announced the winner of its 2016 Technology Woman of the Year Award at a breakfast at Casa Larga Vineyards earlier this morning. The winner was selected from 14 female nominees, all who live, work, and make an impact on the greater Rochester area.

The award winner is: Ewa Pigna, Engineering Leader, Lenel

Pigna started her career with IBM in Boca Raton, FL., as a software engineer working on robotics projects.  In 1986 she transitioned to CASI, a startup access control manufacturer supplying high end security solutions to corporate customers.  She held various engineering positions, ranging from software developer, QA manager, software development manager, and vice president of engineering.

Her career continued to grow as she expanded her technical and leadership skills at GE, and then United Technologies. She was named UTC Fellow in December 2010 for her deep software architecture expertise and contributions to the business.

In 2013, Pigna assumed an engineering leadership role as CTO for Lenel and relocated to Pittsford, NY.  Her focus is new product development and innovation as well developing technology partnerships to complement the overall Lenel solutions. She is the recipient of GE Security CEO Award, GE Women in Technology Award, as well as several patents for her work on mobile devices and security applications.

Technology Woman of the Year is designed to recognize, celebrate, and make visible the achievements of women in high technology fields. Through this award, women who work in these professions are encouraged to stay in the Greater Rochester area, mentor young women, and contribute to the economic growth of the region. Technology Woman of the Year is awarded based on three evaluation criteria: sustained contributions to the technology profession, contributions advancing the status and opportunities for women in technology, and contributions to the community.

*Additional photos available upon request.



About Digital Rochester


Digital Rochester was founded in 2000 and is made up of professionals and companies working together to strengthen the Greater Rochester Area's technology business community. DR events and community services include a wide array of educational and networking activities designed to support the growth and success of the Rochester business community. 


In 2010, the organization grew with the inclusion of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and eBusiness Association (eBA). In 2012, DR entered into a strategic alliance with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). This alliance enhances DR's ability to support the Greater Rochester Region's business community.

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