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Clean Energy Program Director
In 2009, Alex joined Weaver Wind Energy as Co-Founder and President. During his 5 years with the company, he managed the design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing of the world’s most reliable small wind turbine. Funded with angel investment and NYSERDA grants, WWE’s turbine was one of the first in the country to be awarded full certification by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
It was the falling costs and exponential growth of solar that drew Alex to his next company, Renovus Solar. Joining as an owner and CFO, Alex was involved in helping grow the company from 7 employees to over 70 in 3 years. Alex continues to serve on the board of Renovus.
Alex is also CFO at ShrubBucket.com and is helping them revolutionize the horticulture industry as it transitions to a digital economy, Most recently, Alex joined as Binghamton University’s Clean Energy Program Director in September of 2017. He has lived in Ithaca, NY for 16 years with his wife and four kids.
Board Chairman, Acting Vice-Chair - Academics
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Material Science & Engineering at Binghamton University
Stan Whittingham is a SUNY distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at SUNY Binghamton. He received his BA and D Phil degrees in chemistry from Oxford University. He has been active in Li-batteries since 1971 when he won the Young Author Award of the Electrochemical Society for his work on the solid electrolyte beta-alumina. In 1972, he discovered the role of intercalation in battery reactions, which resulted in the first commercial lithium rechargeable batteries that were built by Exxon. In 1988 he returned to academia at SUNY Binghamton to initiate a program in materials chemistry. He was awarded a JSPS Fellowship in the Physics Department of the University of Tokyo in 1993. In 2004 he received the Battery Division research Award. He is presently Director of the NECCES EFRC based at Binghamton. In 2012 he received the Yeager Award of the International Battery Association for his lifetime contributions to battery research; in 2015 he received the Lifetime Contributions to Battery Technology award from NAATBaaT. He is a Fellow of both the Electrochemical Society and the Materials Research Society. He is Vice-Chair, Board of Directors of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NYBEST).
Vice - Chair - Economic Dev.
Executive Director of Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA)
Tom is the Executive Director of Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where his responsibilities included investing the Foundation’s $250m portfolio to top-quartile returns. His board affiliations include the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and Tompkins County Area Development, and as board vice-chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State. Tom co-chairs the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council’s Innovation Culture workgroup. Tom has an AB and MBA from Cornell, where he was a recipient of the MBA program’s Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Dr. Odessa N. Petzold
Business technology director of the Precision Glass Solutions business, Corning Inc.
Dr. Odessa N. Petzold is the business technology director of the Precision Glass Solutions business, Corning Incorporated. She is responsible for delivery of innovation programs in the PGS portfolio and the technology strategy that supports the business’ needs. She is also the program director responsible for the technical, commercial and manufacturing work streams associated with the Through Glass Via program.
Previously, she was the research director of the Thin Films and Surfaces directorate, Corning Research and Development Corporation, where she led research for thin films, functional coatings, and surface innovations in support of Corning’s businesses and to deliver products such as Gorilla Glass SR+. She has extended Corning’s capabilities in thin film and surface engineering for display glasses, Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Corning® Willow® Glass. Her experiences include program management that has led the delivery of technology and launch of new Corning products, such as Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.
Dr. Petzold’s responsibilities also include innovation management, and collaborations with other industrial partners, universities, and government laboratories. She represents Corning Incorporated on multiple occasions as an invited panelist as well as serves as a panelist for the National Science Foundation on invitation. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of COACh focused on assisting in the success and impact of women scientists and engineers.
Executive Director Binghamton University Foundation
The Executive Director is a senior executive position within Binghamton University, reporting to President Harvey G. Stenger and the Binghamton University Foundation board of directors. This position also serves as Executive Director for each of the five affiliated entities of the Foundation; Campus Related Properties; BFSS, LLC; Binghamton University Foundation Housing Corporation; BUF DAF, LLC; and Southern Tier High Technology Incubator, Inc.
Responsibilities include board governance, finance and audit, endowment and real estate management and operations of the Foundation and affiliates. Previously Ms. Doyle was a Vice President for Chase Manhattan Bank.
Executive Director, New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology Consortium
Dr. William Acker currently serves as the first Executive Director of NY-BEST, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Consortium, where he has grown the organization to more than 150 member companies, created the BEST Test and Commercialization Center and new battery prototyping capabilities, and performed pioneering work in advancing markets, policy, technology and product development. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been instrumental in founding and growing several energy-related businesses, including Optiwind Corporation, MTI MicroFuel Cells, Taconic Energy, and Plug Power. He received a Ph.D, in Applied Physics and Engineering from Yale University and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
Director – Cleantech Navigate Northeast, NECEC
Catarina is NECEC’s Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program Cleantech Navigate Northeast. With an international background Catarina was previously part of the Building Global Innovators team (BGI), a global startup accelerator created by the MIT Portugal Program, the University Institute of Lisbon and MIT to support early stage tech-based new companies namely in the cleantech, smart cities and water economy space. She and her team built BGI and helped it gain global traction having developed expertise in program design & management, strategic relations, market & community building. More recently she was the business developer focusing on the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem where she created an extensive network. In past roles Catarina lead several positions including research at L’Oréal (France) and product development and regulation at Confiança Personal Care (Portugal). She also mentored entrepreneurs at COTEC (Business Association for Innovation, Portugal).
Chief Operating Officer. Micatu, Inc.
Michael Jagielski is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of diverse experience in Sales, Consulting, Commercialization, M&A, Finance, Marketing, Audit, Business Development, and Services.
Presently, Michael is the Chief Operating Officer and Principal of Micatu Inc. (www.micatu.com) He holds an MBA in Finance from Long Island University and a BS degree in Business Administration from Mercy College with specialization in Accounting and Finance. Michael also holds the “CISA” – Certified Information Systems Auditor and “CISM” – Certified Information Security Manager designations from the Information Systems Audit and Control Institute (ISACA) as well as a “black belt” certification in Six Sigma and a PMP certification from NCR Corporation.
Michael’s diverse experience comes from Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Unisys, NCR, Experian, Acxiom, Dun & Bradstreet, as well as several SMB organizations across a plethora of management disciplines. Michael is considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Big Data, analytics and monetizing business start-ups. He is also a “master” of several sales and “lean startup” methodologies, such as (NSF I-Corps, Salesforce, Sandler, Miller Heiman, Siebel, Carnegie, etc.) and has consulted with numerous “C” level industry executives in the Technology sector on successful commercialization strategies for advanced cloud applications, “IOT” and “Smart Grid”.
Director – Energy Solutions, The Raymond Corporation
Steve Medwin worked for over 20 years in R&D at DuPont before starting at The Raymond Corporation, a division of Toyota Industries, in 2001. After a few years working in the Engineering Department, he was named Manager of Advanced Research and one of his initial projects was evaluating the application of fuel cell technology to the material handling business. Since then his team completed research in telematics, automation and energy storage that lead to the creation of a number of commercial products. In 2016 he became director of Energy Solutions, a new business unit charged with commercializing energy products and services for Raymond. BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Executive MBA program at Binghamton University
Managing Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund
Zach Shulman has been a Managing Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund since 2004 and Director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell since October 2013. Prior to his current roles, Zach was a Senior Lecturer at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and headed up many entrepreneurship-related programmatic activities there. Prior to that, Zach was a corporate lawyer in Boston and Ithaca and also General Counsel at a tech company that raised boatloads of venture capital in 1999 and 2000; ultimately, Zach took that company through bankruptcy. Zach earned a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and graduated from Cornell University Law School, magna cum laude.
Executive Director, IncubatorWorks
Nancy founded her own CPA firm, and built it to a firm of 14 professionals serving a wide range of businesses for 25+ years. During that time, she acted as contract CFO for a wide range of startup businesses, assisting them in their growth; helping them from initial startup to gross sales of up to $20 million. She worked with these businesses to develop their strategic plans, budgets, forecasts, mergers and acquisitions, and turnarounds. She has also served as CFO in various nonprofit organizations (with budgets up to $30 million) with the goal of turning around the financial position of these agencies. As CFO of these organizations, she had responsibility not only for finance, but also for IT, Facilities, and HR. Her professional service includes service on the Board of Directors of the NYS Society of CPAs. Her community service experience includes Board service on more than 18 community and nonprofit Boards of Directors. Nancy is a graduate of Binghamton University, has been named a Small Business Advocate by the SBA, and is a Certified Leadership Coach.
Nancy joined IncubatorWorks in 2012 as CFO, and was named Executive Director in 2017.
Director – Engineering for Innovation & Growth, BAE Systems
Raj is the Engineering Director for Innovation and Growth and has been with BAE since February 2015. His responsibilities include technology development, roadmaps, capital equipment, and new business. Raj started his career in Endicott with IBM Microelectronics and prior to his current role, Raj was the Chief Technology Officer of Endicott Interconnect Technologies. He holds a BS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Materials Science & Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Raj has 22 years of experience in the high-tech electronics industry and has held a variety of Senior Design and Development Engineering as well as various Senior Management and Executive roles and possesses particular expertise in driving new business opportunities through his sound knowledge of electronic packaging. He has 5 US Issued Patents and authored/co-authored numerous technical papers.
In his down time, he enjoys golf and coaches multiple softball teams.
Raj resides in Vestal with his wife Rina, son Rus and daughter Raveena.
Assistant VP for Innovation & Economic Development, Binghamton University
Per Stromhaug oversees the office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships including tech transfer activities, the start-up suite, entrepreneurial support and economic growth initiatives. He is also overseeing the new High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the Start-up NY initiative at Binghamton University.
Director of Public Affairs, NYSEG
Cindy Chadwick is Director, Public Affairs for New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), subsidiaries of parent company AVANGRID. Based in Binghamton, NY, Cindy has held several positions at the company during her 35-year career in residential marketing, educational services, federal government affairs, and state government affairs where she served as the company’s principal lobbyist in Washington, D.C and then Albany, NY. In her current role, Cindy oversees corporate contributions, community outreach on capital projects and company initiatives, emergency response, local and state government affairs, and the companies’ economic development programs. Cindy is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics and Public Policy, with a second area of study in Communications.
Senior Advisor for Innovation at NYSERDA
I’ve applied my business development skills to advanced technology in optics, robotics, materials, and for most of the past decade, clean tech. I’ve started businesses and funded them, invented a couple of things, and brought some interesting technology to market. And I’ve helped others do these things, too. In the process, I’ve learned how to criss-cross the domains of startups, government and universities to advance innovation and new solutions.