AVISIAN Publishing announces Women in Biometrics Identity award winners

September 11, 2015 - 

AVISIAN Publishing has announced the winners of the inaugural Women in Biometrics Identity 2015 awards.

The awards were presented at the Borderpol North American Meeting on September 10 at the DuPont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The panel of judges selected five awardees from more than 50 nominations received.

The winners are Janice Kephart, CEO of Secure Identity & Biometric Association; Kimberly A. Mills, director of Entry/Exit Transformation Office at Office of Field Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Celeste Thomasson, president and CEO of MorphoTrak; Cathy Tilton, chief technologist of biometrics at CSC – North American Public Sector, Science & Engineering; and Patricia Wolfhope, program manager of the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.

Under the guidance of Thomasson, who has been the MorphoTrak’s CEO and president since 2014, MorphoTrak has demonstrated a clear focus on advancing biometric technology through expanding internal expertise and academic partnerships, sharing industry knowledge, and delivering innovative products and solutions.

“I am honored to receive this award for Women in Biometric Identity, and to share the spotlight with the skilled executives and practitioners who have also been acknowledged as leaders in the field. I offer my colleagues my sincere congratulations.” said Thomasson. “The biometrics industry has the potential for great advances in nearly every facet of life — from protecting personal privacy to protecting our borders — and I look forward to continuing to lead MorphoTrak as we achieve new, market- changing biometric solutions.”

“It was a true pleasure to oversee this inaugural award process and learn about the tremendous achievements and contributions from the 50-plus nominated women,” said Chris Corum, executive editor and publisher of AVISIAN Publishing. “The final awardees exemplify the best attributes an industry can hope to find in its leaders — innovation, dedication and a mentoring spirit.”

AVISIAN Publishing is the publisher of Regarding ID Magazine (RE:ID), SecureIDNews, CR80News and CR80News Print Edition, RFIDNews, ThirdFactor, FPS201.com, DigitalIDNews, NFCNews, and ContactlessNews.

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