Tech Tidbits from Around New Hampshire

Three to be honored at TechWomen Awards Luncheon … and more

The U.S. Navy has placed a $225 million order for thousands of additional Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) precision guidance kits from BAE Systems, which transform standard 70mm Hydra rockets into guided munitions that provide warfighters with a precision strike capability. The APKWS guidance kits are manufactured at BAE Systems facilities in Hudson as well as in Austin, Texas.

University of New Hampshire researchers have created a hydrogel that they say could one day be made into a contact lens to more effectively treat corneal melting, an incurable eye disease is a significant cause for blindness worldwide.

The hydrogel deactivates enzymes that cause the disease by removing zinc ions. The goal is to make the hydrogel into a contact lens that would allow more localized treatment of the eye and avoid side effects in the rest of the body. A pending patent has been filed by UNHInnovation, which advocates for, manages and promotes UNH’s intellectual property.


Three women will be honored for their contributions to the tech sector April 3 by NH Tech Alliance TechWomen|TechGirls Committee at the fourth annual TechWomen Awards Luncheon.

Cyrena Arnold, a meteorologist and vice president of customer success at Athenium Analytics and a previous director of summit operations for the Mount Washington Observatory and an NH1 TV meteorologist, has been named 2019 TechProfessional of the Year.

Joy M. Gobin, for the past four years Extended Learning Opportunities coordinator at Lebanon High School who has 35 years of experience as an educator and administrator at the K-12 level, has been named the 2019 TechTeacher of the Year.

Victoria Bandera, named 2019 TechStudent of the Year, is a senior in kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire.

The April 3 luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bedford Village Inn. Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for others. Tickets are available at or by calling 603-935-8951.


Manchester Community College will again host Women in Technology Day, this year from 8:30 am. to 1 p.m., Friday March 22 at the college.

The event is part of an initiative of the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Career Development Bureau. WMUR-TV meteorologist Hayley LaPoint will be keynote speaker. In addition, industry representatives will join MCC faculty and staff to run learning workshops for students. Workshops will include robotics, regenerative medicine, forensic science and building a phone app, among other topics.

Microdesk, a provider of business and technology advisory services for the design and construction industry, has launched BIMrx, an application designed for Revit and non-Revit powered users. The company says the application retrieves data from a Revit model and pushes it into Excel, allowing users to edit, measure and report at will. The new plugin can help speed up data entry by using Excel formulas and tools, update models with information from non-Revit users or sources, and manage assets by merging model-based information with outside sources, the company added.

“BIMrx is our first mass appeal product and it is going to have a major impact on Revit users, non-users and project teams as a whole,” said Michael DeLacey, Microdesk’s principal and CEO.

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