Scientist of the Year honors a local scientist working on amazing projects that benefits the scientific world.

Not only does this category focus on local scientists that change the world outside of Philadelphia, but on amazing people that give back to the city’s innovative scientific community.

The Nominees

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<h2>Katherine Kuchenbecker</h2>
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Katherine Kuchenbecker


When she’s not ballroom dancing or mentoring students, this associate professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and the GRASP Labat the University of Pennsylvania is exploring the potential of tactile technologies (haptics) – from high five-ing robots that can tell you something is “fluffy,

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<h2>Genevieve Dion</h2>
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Genevieve Dion


A professor of fashion design at Drexel University, Genevieve Dion explores the frontier of wearable technology, creating high-tech textiles using digital fabrication and computerized knitting machines. This year, she presented at TEDxPhilly and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

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<h2>Ted Daeschler</h2>
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Ted Daeschler


In January, Dr. Ted Daeschler, paleontologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, published a scientific paper about a key link in the evolution of hind limbs, an important discovery linking fish and land-dwelling tetrapods. The new fossil materials he uncovered from the ancient fish species Tiktaalik roseae are a key link in the evolution of hind limbs.

Previous Winners

Kimberly Sue Moran

Kimberly Sue Moran

Center for Forensic Research & Education

A teacher, a mentor, a scientist, Kimberlee Sue Moran has done a lot to bring the world of forensic science to the Philadelphia region, especially this past year. In October, she pulled in a ton of press by blowing up a transit bus as a field exercise for first responders in the Philadelphia.

When she isn’t busy doing science, she helps encourage others to love it, working with the College of Physicians’ Karabots Junior Fellows and teaching forensic science at Rutgers-Camden.

Dr. Youngmoo E. Kim

Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Assistant Dean of Engineering for Media Technologies at Drexel University

Dr. Youngmoo is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Assistant Dean of Engineering for Media Technologies at Drexel University.

He founded the research group the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) to focus on the machine understanding of audio in regards to music information retrieval. The MET-lab also researches human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, analysis-synthesis of sound, and K-12 outreach for engineering, science, and mathematics education.