Executive Team

Matthew Laudon

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Dr. Matthew Laudon is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TechConnect, based in Austin Texas. Matt’s career has focused on developing and improving innovation commercialization models, spanning most every emerging technology domain through the creation of academic, corporate and investment partnership models. Through the TechConnect produced events and partnering programs, he and the TechConnect team have directly supported in the commercialization of thousands of viable technologies, while drastically increasing the innovation pipeline for TechConnect corporate, investment and government partners.

Matt received his engineering M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Over the last 20 years, Matt has worked as an engineer, scientist or business developer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Motorola, Los Alamos National Laboratories and numerous Boston area start-ups. Most recently he is Co-founder of the National Security Technology Accelerator, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition, he is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Nano Science and Technology Institute since 1997, Co-founder of the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Organization in 2006 and was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin’s Early Career Achievement Award in 2007.

Bart Romanowicz

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Dr. Bart Romanowicz is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of TechConnect, based in Austin Texas.  He received his M.S. and Sc.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, working in the Microsystems Institute.  Bart is an expert in matching technology capabilities with industrial needs and has developed all process algorithms behind the TechConnect commercialization partnering programs.  Through these programs, TechConnect has matched thousands of emerging technologies with corporate and investment commercialization interests from around the globe.

He has served as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a technology development lead with numerous Boston based start-ups and technology commercialization firms.  Bart has over 40 technical publications and patents, is the author of the book, Methodology for the Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems, Kluwer (1998), Chair of the Nanotech International Conference and Expo and Managing Editor or Editor in Chief of two journals and three annuals spanning the domains of nanotech, microtech, biotech and cleantech.  Bart is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Nano Science & Technology Institute since 1997, and Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Organization since 2006.

Sarah J. Wenning

Vice President, Operations and Co-Founder

Sarah Wenning is Vice President of Operations for TechConnect, based out of Danville California. She obtained a B.A. in Economics and English 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.

Sarah has 22+ years of scientist management, meeting management and event planning experience, including directing operations for meetings ranging from 50 to10,000. Sarah has managed technology development personnel from most every government agency and laboratory in the U.S., and has planned meetings and events for non-profits, government agencies, government contractors, associations and corporations. Sarah is a Co-founder and Vice President of Operations for the Nano Science and Technology Institute since 1997, and is a Founding Board Member of the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization since 2006.

Jennifer Rocha

Director, 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

Vice President, 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.

Richard Erb

Executive Director, Smart Cities Innovation Summit global event series

Richard Erb is the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Innovation Summit global event series. Rich’s career has focused on building global partnerships and business development opportunities in the information communications technology (ICT) and robotics industries. In his role as Executive Director, Rich is chartered with building content programs, managing partner relationships and establishing the Smart Cities Innovation Summit as the premier global event for internet of things (IoT) technologies for public applications.

Rich received his business management M.S. from Lesley University, and a B.A. from Colby College. Over the last 20 years, Rich has worked as a program manager, sales executive, general manager and business developer for GTECH, Pulvermedia, EH Publishing and MecklerMedia. During his tenure at EH Publishing, he led the growth and established the RoboBusiness conference & exposition as the premier business development event for the service robotics market.

Fiona Case

Nanotech Events Coordinator

Fiona Case is the Nanotech Programs Manager for TechConnect, based out of Burlington Vermont. Fiona is the coordinator of nanotechnology and advanced materials programs for the TechConnect event programs, and has more than 15 years experience in the industrial applications of polymer and surfactant science.  Fiona has worked on nanoscale material design as a contractor for top global corporations and directly for UK based Courtaulds Research, California based Biosym/MSI (now Accelrys) and Colgate Palmolive carrying out nanoscale materials design programs for top US and European companies.  She has also embarked on a “second career” in scientific journalism. Fiona is a Chartered Chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ACS, the American Oil Chemists Society, and the National Association of Science Writers.

Regina Ramazzini

Clean Technology, Operations Director

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.

Denise Lee

Sponsorship Manager

Denise Lee manages the exhibits and sponsorships for the annual Nanotech event. Denise obtained a B.A with the University of Massachusetts, and has over 12 years experience in the conference and trade show industry. Previously, Denise was a Sales Representative at a Connecticut based communications company specializing in tradeshows and conferences.

Tara Luddy-Cotoia

Graphic Designer

Tara Luddy-Cotoia supports TechConnect's online and print marketing efforts with web and print design, production and print management. Tara obtained her B.A. from Salem State University in Graphic Design, minoring in Computer Science, and has 17+ years of print and web design experience. Before 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, McDougall Associates (aquired by Bozell Worldwide) and Nynex (now Verizon). She has been with TechConnect since 2008.

Derek Mayer

Partnership Manager

Derek Mayer is the Partnership Manager for TechConnect, based out of Austin Texas. He is responsible for fostering and prospecting relationships between TechConnect and early stage companies, innovators, and intellectual property providers. Derek has a financial background with a versatile skill set including sales, marketing, market research, back office operations, financial strategic planning and coaching. 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.

Susan Stewart Morgan

Database Management & Market Research

Susan Stewart Morgan is responsible for market research and database management and is a major coordinator of the annual TechConnect World Conferences and Innovation Showcase poster programs. She has a Master's in Biology - with an emphasis in plant biochemistry - from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. in International Economics and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked in market research, sales management, and as a college instructor.