Dr. Connolly is a former biomedical engineer and director of Mtech Baltimore, a program of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.
She guides engineers and clinicians to work together to create medical devices to address unmet clinical needs. She is the former Director of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program which accelerates the commercialization of technology in Maryland by providing matching funds for collaborative R&D projects between companies and University System of Maryland faculty. Dr. Connolly is an adjunct faculty member in the Bioengineering graduate program at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and teaches courses in entrepreneurship in the life sciences. For several years, she has served as an advisor to entrepreneurs in UMBC’s ACTiVATE program for women entrepreneurs. Dr. Connolly holds BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. She was a research faculty member at Johns Hopkins, and later an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is the author of 36 publications in cardiovascular systems physiology. She is the former Senior Biotechnology Specialist for the State of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development. She also was a founder of an entrepreneurial technology development company, and directed business development at a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. She is experienced in early stage technology commercialization, business development and economic strategies. In 2007, the Daily Record named Dr. Connolly one of Maryland’s 50 Most Influential People. In 2010, she received the President’s Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Bioscience Alliance. In 2013, she was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.