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2023 40 Under Forty: Kristi Oki

Age: 31 Company: Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. Title: Program Innovation Manager No. of years with current company: 6 Town where I live: Wallingford Town where I work: East Hartford College: Yale University Highest degree: Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, MIT
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Kristi Oki is the program innovation manager at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. She launched and leads CCAT’s program management office and drives organizational improvements and innovation.

Oki develops processes, tools and data analysis for state and federal programs that advance technology adoption, boost career development and empower our future workforce. A graduate of Yale and MIT, Oki directed STEM educational programs and served as an engineer for CCAT’s Advanced Design Automation Metrology Lab.

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What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I recently led the implementation of our new customer relationship management system and collaborated with all departments to identify needs and integrate data from across the organization. The system has improved data accessibility, reduced data silos and streamlined administrative processes to help operations become more efficient and data informed.

How are you involved in the community?

I enjoy opportunities to connect with students and young adults to help them explore STEM pathways. I have been involved with the Society of Women Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. As a BIPOC woman in STEM, I hope to encourage and empower the next generation of talent.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy creative activities such as calligraphy and embroidery. I also appreciate reading, board games and spending time with family.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Launched the creation of CCAT’s Program Innovation Office.

• Led projects to help demonstrate technology to Connecticut manufacturers in areas including mixed reality, industrial internet of things and computed tomography.

• Presented workshops and tours for community audiences highlighting advanced manufacturing technologies and career opportunities.

• Managed the Young Manufacturers Academy program, impacting over 1,700 Connecticut middle school students annually, with a focus on underrepresented populations in the STEM fields.

Fun Fact

I once hiked Mount Fuji and watched the sunrise.

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