Executive Director, Adsorption & HYCO R&D at Praxair
Cynthia Hoover is responsible for global new product development for healthcare and biopharma applications. She manages a technology group based in Tonawanda, New York, and one based in Burr Ridge, Illinois. She also is a leader in the campus recruiting program, Connections mentoring program, and Praxair R&D’s Lunch and Learn seminar series.
Cynthia joined Praxair in March of 1997 in research and development as a development associate in Electronics R&D and subsequently held positions as an Electronics R&D Manager, the Electronics R&D Director, and the Director of Breakthrough Innovation. Prior to joining Praxair, Cynthia worked as a Research Chemist at Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. in Danbury, CT. Cynthia holds eight patents and has over 30 peer reviewed journal articles and presentations. Most recently she presented a seminar at the Society of Women’s Engineer’s conference on identifying and commercializing new technology. She is an active participant in the Center for Pharmaceutical Processing and Research Consortium and has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1988. She holds numerous awards including the George W. Thorn outstanding University at Buffalo alumni, Business First’s Forty under Forty award, University at Buffalo’s College of Arts & Science Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, National Academy of Engineering Young Engineer Award, and Praxair’s Technology Innovation Award. Cynthia holds a BS degree in Chemistry from SUNY College at Fredonia and a PhD in synthetic organometallic chemistry from SUNY Buffalo.
Cynthia is the current chair of the UB CBE Advisory Board.