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SCTE seeks women-in-tech nominees; grants ET awards

Wed, 01/09/2002 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

No grass growing here. Sponsors of the 2002 Women in Technology Award want nominations.

The news comes on the heels of last year's award, presented at November's Western Show to Cox Communications Director of Operations Engineering Sabrina Calhoun.

The award, sponsored by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Women in Cable & Telecommunications and Communications Technology magazine, honors the achievements of a woman who has made significant contributions as a technical pro to the broadband industry, SCTE says.

The 2002 award will be presented at SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in June in San Antonio. Deadline for nominations is March 1.

Nominees must hold a technical spot in the cable TV, broadband or telecom fields, and must demonstrate a high level of knowledge, skill and professionalism. They also must show a commitment to advancing the industry's image and the perception of women in technology, SCTE says. Judges also will consider whether or not the women are members of WICT and SCTE.

For more information, visit WICT's or SCTE's Web sites.

In other awards, two men received the 2002 Emerging Technology honors at SCTE's Conference on Emerging Technology in San Jose, Calif., and another received the Young Engineer of the Year award.

At a lunch yesterday, Robert Pendarvis, manager of network engineering and technology deployment at Comcast Cable Communications, was granted the industry's first Young Engineer of the Year award. The designation honors contributions to the industry by engineers under age 30. Pendarvis' contributions include a bandwidth estimation tool for Comcast that calculates bandwidth requirements of different communications formats.

Also at the lunch, AT&T Broadband director of HFC/OSS design Gary Donaldson received the Polaris Award for exceptional achievements in developing and using optical fiber. Likewise, Comcast Corp. online engineer Bryan Rutkowski won the 2002 Star of Integrity Award for his creative solutions to advance network integrity and effectiveness of high-speed data applications, SCTE says. The Polaris is sponsored by Corning Inc. and CED magazine, and the Integrity Award is sponsored by C-COR.net and Multichannel News, a sister publication of CED. SCTE, Pace Micro Technology and the Cahners Television Group sponsored the Young Engineer award.

Donaldson and Rutkowski walked away with Steuben crystal awards. A $5,000 scholarship went to SCTE's Scholarship Fund in each man's name.

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