Meet Women Inventors

    These patent-holders are making the future happen

    Patents exist to protect innovation. And that's something these women really understand. As engineers and inventors, they've earned patents for their technologies. Their work has included creating algorithms to help manage energy consumption and predict corrosion on metal. Here's some inspirational advice for aspiring.

    Lavanya Bhadriraju, Technology Specialist

    At Honeywell: 20 years, based in Bangalore, India
    What she does: Develops Niagara-based tools for CCS control products.
    Patents: 6
    Favorite Patent: Mechanism to create generic control applications library that can be reused for LON and BACnet Spyder Controllers.
    Advice for other women: "Pursue goals until the result is achieved and do not give up."

    Barnali Chetia, Senior Project Manager (pictured above)

    At Honeywell: 15 years, based in Bangalore, India
    What she does: Works on technology related to thermostats for commercial spaces to help people feel comfortable and efficiently manage energy consumption.
    Patents: 3
    Favorite Patent: High volume alarm management system: A vendor-neutral algorithm used for filtering and routing actionable alarms. The algorithm defines properties of the alarms, such as a critical alarm, and routes information to appropriate people to act while ensuring that no critical alarm has been missed.
    Advice for other women: “We should keep ourselves updated to the new trends in technologies. Everything out there is very exciting we have ample opportunities to use technologies to solve people's problems.”

    Lalitha Eswara, Research Lead

    At Honeywell: 15 years, based in Bangalore, India
    What she does: Creates new solutions to Honeywell products
    Patents: 8
    Favorite Patent: System and method for prediction of pitting corrosion growth: Pitting corrosion forms holes on metal surfaces. The holes spread inside the material and make the material more porous, which, with time, gets weak and breaks. The patent creates a method to mathematically represent and understand the formation and progression of pitting corrosion in materials.
    Advice for other women: “All of us can innovate. Seek alternative solutions, question the novelty and walk the extra mile.”

    Angela Lordi, System Hardware Engineer

    At Honeywell: 29 years, based in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
    What she does: She collaborates with global teams to create, research and design various parts of the Process Control System, including processor boards, IO interface boards, power supplies and cabinet infrastructures.
    Patents: 5
    Favorite Patent: Transmission line driver test integrity circuit: Used in many controller products and provides additional system communication robustness
    Advice for other women: “Follow your instincts, be prepared and embrace your individuality. We all encounter setbacks and failures, remember to learn from them and move on.”

    Edith Flanigen, Consultant for Honeywell UOP

    At Honeywell: 31 years, based in White Plains, New York
    What she does: Works with people in the new materials group in the research department.
    Patents: 109
    Favorite Patent: There are two -- zeolites and synthetic emeralds. (Read all about them here.)
    Advice for other women: “Look for mentors, I had a couple of good ones early in my career. And master the skills of writing, communicating and working in teams.”