Built In Announces the 50 Winners of Its Awards Program Honoring Rising Technologists

CHICAGO, Aug. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Built In, a technology recruitment platform devoted to elevating the industry and its people, is pleased to release the winners list of its 2021 Tech Innovator Awards Program. The program, in its inaugural year, honors tech professionals who are advancing in their careers today and whose ingenuity indicates they’re likely to emerge as tech leaders of the future.

See the winners list below and learn more about the 50 winners here.

This awards program celebrates and amplifies the impact of tech professionals.

“Over the past year, we’ve learned the companies that will thrive in uncertain times are those whose tech employees work with an unyielding commitment to innovation and barrier breaking,” says Sheridan Orr, CMO, Built In. “This awards program celebrates and amplifies the impact of these professionals — whether they’re working to improve the quality of patient care, leverage robotics to support the environment or reshape the modern customer experience.”

The esteemed panel of 2021 judges include senior tech leaders at companies like Al Jazeera, Blue Apron, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat and Reddit, to name a few. They are CTOs and CEOs, as well as distinguished leaders with expertise in machine learning, IoT, SaaS, product management, R&D and more. Reviewing hundreds of nominations, the panel selected 50 winners from across the US.

The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards Program Winners
The winners are listed in no particular order.

Amit Unadkat, Senior Manager, Digital Transformation, Logic20/20
John Busby, iOS Experience Lead, Extend
Bharath Kakarla, Senior Director of Engineering, Oak Street Health
Jayodita Sanghvi, Director of Data Science, Grand Rounds Health
Anthony Utt, Engineering Lead, GR0
Paul Thomas, Senior Director, Engineering, Appetize
Ryan Williams, Engineering Director, Platforms, Cedar
Michael Gerstein, Manager, Data Science, Transfix
Nkem Egboga, Data Scientist III, SparkCognition
Yasemin Gokcen, Director of Product, Operations, Feedonomics
Carter Schultz, Robotics Software Manager, AMP Robotics
Robert Hajek, Engineering Team Lead, Covered Insurance Solutions, Inc.
Eric Carlson, Staff Data Scientist, Grand Rounds Health
Tara Larrue, Data Scientist, cohesion
Ethan McMahon, Lead Software Engineer, cohesion
James Kenaley, Senior Software Architect, Pico
Zoe Zhang, Senior Lead Data Scientist, Enova International
Antoine Bachet, Data Scientist, Mulberry Technology
Ashish Shubham, Principal Engineer/Director of Engineering, ThoughtSpot
Sameer Lal, Senior Data Scientist, Ribbon Health
Matt Gonzalez, Director of Product, Ekata
Ryan Carlson, Staff Software Engineer, SpotHero
Adam Finlayson, Lead Developer, CardX
Tracey Little, SysOps Engineering Manager, ActionIQ

Michael Williams

Williams recently led the development of a new Whip Media solution called the Demand Score, which predicts how a TV or film title will perform among a target audience on a specific platform or within a specific country or region. The tool brings tens of millions of consumer insights into the licensing decision-making process, enabling buyers and sellers to identify the right content for the right audience.

To build the Demand Score, Williams helped quantify how to pair content with an audience, identify where there may be gaps in the data, and create ways to resolve those gaps. A key part of the process was to create an abstract digital representation for both content and audience to make predictions when data was missing and model for unknown titles. Williams also simulated multiple scenarios that buyers and sellers face in the content licensing process to determine how to improve it.

Hailey Bobella, Senior Front End Engineer, DailyPay
Mike Koehrsen, Principal Software Engineer PathAI
Nick Schirmer, Senior Software Engineer, FloSports
Stephanie Laing, Senior Product Manager, 3Play Media
Shanta Rao, Associate Principal, The Options Clearing Corporation
Eakta Pandey, Director of Quality Engineering, Varo Bank
Karthic Hariharan, Engineering Manager, Self Financial
Duru Turkoglu, Technical Manager, Computational Geometry, Fast Radius
Angela Roberts, Software Engineer, Simon Data
Alex Sanchez, Software Engineering Manager, AlertMedia
Katie Paugh, SRE Manager, Starburst
David Stanley, Machine Learning Engineer, Neurable
Jesse White, Senior Director, Reliability Engineering, ADP
Theron Humiston, Senior Engineer, Reverb
Nirav Shah, Senior Manager, Fraud & Security Analytics, RingCentral
Joshua Morman, Software Engineer III, Bridge Financial Technology
Lavanya Santhanakrishnan, Senior Product manager, SMS Assist
Sameer Deevi, Manager, Data Engineering, Kalderos, Inc.
Stephanie Tortora, Senior Client Engineer, SIMON Markets LLC
Shawn Ramirez, Head of Data Science, Shelf Engine
Jessica Mong, Engineering Manager, Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey)
Daniil Goriunov, Senior Financial Application Developer, Canoe Intelligence
Omar Shanti, Technical Consultant & Labs365 Lead, Kin + Carta
Jarred Capellman, Senior Director of Engineering – DeepArmor, SparkCognition
So-Hee Woo, Head of XR, Encore

Built In’s mission is to connect the world through a shared passion for tech and the human need for purpose. The technology recruitment platform helps 1,800 customers of all sizes attract best-in-class talent to their technical roles of the future. Through content and digital recruitment solutions, Built In amplifies these companies’ brands, whether they want to be known as national, local or remote employers of choice, or leaders in DEI. Monthly, 2.5 million tech professionals visit Built In to read our industry coverage, including trends and breaking news, and to discover stories about companies with missions they want to join. The venture-backed platform has been included in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ for two consecutive years and was included in the 2020 Inc. 5000 list. http://www.builtin.com

Built In’s 2021 Tech Innovator Awards, in its inaugural year, honors technologists who are rising in their careers today and who show the potential to be leaders of the future in the tech industry. They span a variety of roles and areas of technical expertise but they share in common a commitment to ingenuity, innovation and barrier breaking. An esteemed panel of judges selected 50 winners from among hundreds of nominations.