R. Cynthia Pruett, of Marana, AZ, retired from IBM after 30 years of holding a variety of technology, management, and executive positions. She was the company’s director of environmental programs worldwide and its first director of health and safety worldwide. She instituted a corporate program for the elimination of CFCs (ozone-depleting chemicals) and ran technology-transfer seminars in Asia in conjunction with the electronics industry to speed up removal of these chemicals from the environment—work for which she received an award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Active as a New Jersey Institute of Technology alumnus, Cynthia served on the advisory board for the department of chemical engineering, received an Outstanding Alumni award, and supports a scholarship for women studying engineering. Her life after IBM includes a focus on birds with board and presidency positions at Fairfax Audubon (now Northern Virginia) and Tucson Audubon. A master gardener in both Virginia and Arizona, she has also narrated the outstanding Raptor Free Flight program at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for nine years.
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