Speakers

Experts around different topics will share their insight into the technologies impacting companies in New York State.

Keynotes

Kevin Surace

CHAIRMAN & CTO
Appvance.ai

Dr. Mukesh Khare

VICE PRESIDENT
IBM Research

Speakers

Vincent Arena

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Tazzetto

Joshua Aviv

FOUNDER & CEO
SparkCharge

Momo Bi

DIRECTOR
New York Ventures, Empire State Development

Terry Clas

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
AIM Photonics

Denis Cormier

EARL W. BRINKMAN PROFESSOR
Industrial and Systems Engineering at RIT

Colleen Costello

CEO & CO FOUNDER
Vital Vio, Inc.

Steven Duclos

CHIEF SCIENTIST
Additive Manufacturing at GE Research

Emily Ekland

COMMERCIALIZATION DIRECTOR
NYSTAR

William Grieco

SENIOR EXECUTIVE
R&D

Melissa Hall

PROGRAM MANAGER
NYSP2I

David C. Hamilton

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AERTC

Dr. James Hayward

CEO
Applied DNA Science

Richard E. Honen

PARTNER; OFFICE LEADER Leader
Lhillips Lytle LLP.

Steve Hoover

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Global Cybersecurity Institute

Dr. Helena Khazdozian

AAAS FELLOW
Advanced Manufacturing Office

Kemper Lewis

MOOG PROFESSOR & DEP. CHAIR
University at Buffalo

Kirk J. Macolini

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
InteliSpark

Matt Melbourne

INVESTMENT TEAM PRINCIPAL
Republic

Dr. Nabil Nasr

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
REMADE Institute

Mark D. Poliks

UNDERGRADUATE DIRECTOR
Binghamton University

Dan Radomski

DIRECTOR
LTU Centrepolis Accelerator

Pravina Raghavan

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Division of Small Business and Technology Development

Michael Riedlinger

PROGRAM MANAGER
Technology Commercialization at Nextcorps

Dr. Brad Ringeisen

OFFICE DIRECTOR
Biological Technologies Office (BTO) at DARPA

Prabhjot Singh

ADDITIVE PRODUCT BREAKOUT LEADER
GE Global Research

Tony Topencik

FOUNDER & CEO
Pvilion Inc.

Colin Touhey

FOUNDER & CEO
Pvilion Inc.

Michael Ulbrich

PRESIDENT
Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Scott Vader

PRESIDENT
Vader Systems, LLC

Scott Volk

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER 
at Incodema3D

Matt Watson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Division of Science, Technology and Innovation

Edward White

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT
TAP Facility at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Eric Williams

PROFESSOR
RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Speaker Biographies

Joshua Aviv

Joshua is a certified Data Scientist and the Founder & CEO of SparkCharge, a company specializing in the portable charging of electric cars. His experience in entrepreneurship and startups spans over 6 years and he is a dynamic figure in the cleantech community. Joshua is also the most recent winner of the worlds largest pitch competition, 43North. Joshua holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters Degree in Information Management and Data Science from Syracuse University.

Vincent Arena

Vincent Arena is a designer, innovator, and social entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable problem solving. Vincent has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). For the last two years, he has been working with family in Italy to build an authentic Italian coffee and food brand, distribution company, and cafe franchise called Tazzetto. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, Tazzetto has built two operational café locations in Long Island and had products such as it’s “edible biscotti cup” in over 300 stores in the US. Vincent is also the founder of Catalist, a digital social network and search engine aimed to connect people to unlock value and catalyze positive impact.

Momo Bi

Momo is an early stage venture capital investor at New York Ventures, New York State’s venture capital fund. Prior to joining New York Ventures, she has worked with the Women’s Fund at Alumni Ventures Group and other VCs. She has also worked at JP Morgan and has over ten years of experience as revenue growth/Business development/sales specialist with C-level clients, VCs and founders in a wide range of industries and sizes. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs building their businesses. She has worked with VC backed FinTech, AdTech, AgTech, SaaS, Sustainability, Life Sciences, and AI startups. Momo is a Mentor to early stage companies at WeWork Labs and SAP i.O.

Momo holds an MBA from Cornell University/Cornell Tech and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Terence J. Clas

Terence J. Clas is one of the Manufacturing USA Institute’s, business development executive in New York State. This function is administered by Empire State Development’s, Division of Science, Technology & Innovation. His concentration is on the AIM Photonics Institute, located in Rochester, NY. Terry’s responsibilities are to engage industry, government and academic institutions to discuss the technical resources, funding mechanisms, workforce development, and collaboration opportunities available through AIM Photonics. Previously, Terry served as the Corporate Vice President, New Business Development and General Manager of the Industrial Inspection Division at VFO, LLC. His career also includes, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales for VMP Nutrition providing overall leadership and management of the company’s strategic and tactical marketing & sales functions worldwide. The majority of Terry’s career (27+ years) was working at Eastman Kodak Company with a variety of leadership roles that include Director, Corporate Marketing Programs, Chief Marketing Office; Technology & Business Development Manager – for Kodak’s Equipment Manufacturing Division and Unit Director, Manufacturing Systems Technology Development, in corporate research and development. Terry holds a Master of Science Degree from the National Technological University (NTU) in Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Buffalo State University.

Denis Cormier

Professor Cormier is the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also director of the Multifunctional 3D Printing (MPrint) Center. His teaching and research interests focus on additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and printed electronics for the synthesis of novel materials and geometric structures. Professor Cormier received his B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining RIT, he was a faculty member at North Carolina State University from 1994-2009. He serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, and he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for two journals – Additive Manufacturing, and the Rapid Prototyping Journal. He is a founding member of ASTM’s F-42 additive manufacturing standards group, and he also serves as Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing steering committee. He received SME’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering award in 2003.

​Colleen A. Costello

Colleen’s career spans clinical research, engineering, biochemistry, product development, and technical entrepreneurship. She has held positions as a researcher on master thesis projects at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College, NYC, in surgical device design and pre-clinical studies at Covidien Surgical Devices, and in tissue engineering research at RPI. Colleen has several patents pending and holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Technological Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. She has additionally been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, ABC was named as a Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 recipient in Enterprise Technology, Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Most Brilliant Young Founders, 50 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs to Watch by Inc. Magazine, Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 and is a selected member of the Kairos Society. In the elusive ‘free time’ she has, Colleen enjoys traveling to places she’s never been and can be found on a ski slope or watching the Premier League.

Steven Duclos

Steve is the Chief Scientist for Additive Manufacturing at GE Research. This horizontal is responsible for developing advances across missions in the machines, materials, digital, and modeling additive technologies, as well as new additive modalities. 

He began his General Electric career in 1991 as a Physicist in the Optical Materials Program.  During this time he served on the Executive Committee of the NY State Section of the American Physical Society.  From 2000 to 2008 Steve managed the Optical Materials Laboratory at GE Research, a laboratory responsible for development of advanced optical materials for a broad spectrum of GE businesses, including its Lighting and Healthcare businesses.  From 2008 to 2012 Steve managed GE’s Material Sustainability Initiative. This initiative addressed GE’s risks in the availability and sustainability of the company’s raw material supply, which included the development of a broad-based element-by-element assessment of the company’s material risks. The results of this assessment are used to develop research priorities that support recycling, reduced use, and substitution of lower-risk materials.

Steve has testified to both US Senate and House Committees on the subject of Material Sustainability. In 2012 Steve was named Leader of the Materials Advanced Technology Program, responsible for advancing key materials and processing technologies to prepare them for commercialization in the GE businesses, as well as advanced technology initiatives in the areas of materials and manufacturing, including additive manufacturing.

Emily Ekland 

Emily Ekland is the commercialization director at NYSTAR, Empire State Division of Science Technology and Innovation. At NYSTAR, she runs a program called the Innovation Resource Center. The IRC helps entrepreneurs strategically leverage different NYSTAR-funded programs, investigates bottlenecks in the commercialization lifecycle and coordinates programs that alleviate bottlenecks to accelerate innovation and commercialization across New York. Emily’s background includes working in a biotech incubator, investigating economic development policy at a government think tank and helping startups navigate early-stage legal issues. When she’s not working Emily enjoys cooking, reading and anything outdoors, especially camping in the Adirondacks.

Michael G. Field

Michael G. Field is chief executive officer (CEO) for The Raymond Corporation which includes the operations, sales and marketing, engineering and administrative functions at Raymond. Since he joined Raymond in 2004,
Field has served as the vice president of engineering and, most recently, president of operations and
engineering. In Field’s most recent role as president of the operations and engineering division for The Raymond Corporation, he was responsible for manufacturing, quality assurance, engineering and procurement.

Field has over 25 years of experience managing engineering and operations groups at industrial companies.
Field also is a member of the Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) executive team and board officer of several TMHNA legal entities.

Prior to Raymond, Field served as vice president of global program management for Brooks-PRI Automation in Chelmsford, MA, which led the semiconductor automated material handling industry with state-of-the-art robotic, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and software control solutions. Prior to that assignment, he was vice president of systems integration at PRI Automation which included technical sales, system engineering and
program management.

A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Field holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in International Operations from Boston University. He is a council member of the Rochester Institute of Technology Kate Gleason College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of Rochester Institute of Technology’s President’s Roundtable. Field was awarded Kate Gleason College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2018-2019.

Field is currently chairman and director on the Board of NY-BEST (New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, Inc.), and a board member of the New York State Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). He also is a board member of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA).

Field holds a Professional Engineering License in New York State and 12 U.S. Patents.

Melissa Hall

Missy Hall is the Sustainable Food Program Manager and a Staff Engineer at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. She utilizes her years of experience in lean systems, sustainability, and food waste management to assist businesses and organizations through technical support, outreach, and education. Ms. Hall has experience in life cycle assessment (LCA), lean problem solving, performance management, and statistical analysis. She has research experience related to the sustainable management of food waste in New York State with a focus on diversion to animal feed. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Ms. Hall’s industry experience included both food and electronics manufacturing. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering, an ME in Industrial Engineering, and an MS in Sustainable Systems, all from RIT.

David C. Hamilton

Mr. Hamilton is the Director of Operations of the Advanced Energy Center (AERTC) and the Executive Director of the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), both located at Stony Brook University. His education includes a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University and a MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University. He brings a focus in clean energy technologies with experience in business development, commercialization of engineering technologies, marketing and sales, as well as an ability to communicate well with early stage entrepreneurs in the clean energy arena. Mr. Hamilton started his professional career with the Long Island Lighting Company managing independent power producers. From there, he has been involved in the design, development and implementation of Sirius Satellite Radio's terrestrial transmitters, developing sales and marketing plans for aerospace and IT companies, managing the sales and operation of hydrogen fuel cells for Plug Power, and most recently developing the commercial sales and marketing for EmPower Solar, a leading Long Island turnkey solar provider.

Dr. James Hayward

Dr. James A. Hayward is Chairman, President, and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences. With over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life science and consumer product industries, Dr. Hayward is actively involved in the global effort to ensure the authenticity of products and the protection of global supply chains from counterfeiting and diversion. Patented and applied in over a billion products throughout the world, the Company’s SigNature® DNA tags are unique sequences that can help preserve the quality and integrity of products from pharmaceutics to cosmetics.

Dr. Hayward received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1976, his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983, and an honorary Doctor of Science from the same institution in 2000. He was one of the founding principals and research director of Europe’s first liposome company, Biocompatibles Ltd. From 1984 to 1989, he was responsible for product development at Esteé Lauder Companies.

In 1990, Dr. Hayward founded The Collaborative Group, a provider of products and services to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and consumer-product industries based in Stony Brook. For 14 years, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Collaborative, spawning multiple businesses including The Collaborative BioAlliance, a contract developer and manufacturer of human gene products, that was sold to Dow Chemical in 2002, and Collaborative Laboratories, a service provider and manufacturer of ingredients for skincare and dermatology was sold to Engelhard (now BASF) in 2004.

Dr. Hayward has been twice named “Entrepreneur of the Year;” in 2002 by Inc. Magazine and in 2009 by the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame. In January 2014, Dr. Hayward was given the David Award by Networking Magazine as one of eight of Long Island’s most accomplished individuals.

Dr. Hayward has been a General Partner of Double D Venture Fund, a venture capital firm based in New York, New York. Dr. Hayward has served on the boards of many companies, the Stony Brook Foundation, the Research Foundation of the State of New York, the Long Island Association, the New York Biotechnology Association, the Long Island Life Sciences Initiative and the Ward Melville Heritage Foundation.

William Grieco

William (Bill) Grieco has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive in R&D; and business development in
specialty chemicals, new ventures and nonprofit contract research organizations. He also has an extensive background in energy alternatives and commercializing innovative technologies involving photovoltaics and sustainable chemistry. His forte is defining and implementing strategies to transform and grow businesses. He has been an active member of AIChE® for 25 years, and chaired the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum in the mid-2000s. He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Richard E. Honen

Mr. Honen is the Venture Capital & Technology Practice Team Leader and Partner in Charge of the firm’s Albany office. He focuses his practice in corporate, finance and venture capital law, as well as complex commercial litigation. Mr. Honen provides corporate counsel to a broad spectrum of companies from start-up to Fortune 50 and has lectured extensively, particularly on topics of corporate law, venture capital and angel investing. He also represents companies in complex commercial litigation matters. Mr. Honen has served as an adjunct professor at Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University), where he taught Business Law to MBA candidates, and has guest lectured at Albany Law School of Union University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University at Albany, Ithaca College and Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He is also acknowledged to be one of the early practitioners of nanotechnology law in Upstate New York, as reported in a March 2003 article in the New York Law Journal.

Kemper Lewis

Kemper Lewis is the Moog Professor of Innovation and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo.  He is also the Director of the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Institute where advanced concepts in automation, additive manufacturing, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence are being developed in the context of Industry 4.0.  He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served on the National Academies Panel on Benchmarking the Research Competitiveness of the United States in Mechanical Engineering. He has received research and education awards from ASME, SAE, ASEE, AIAA, NSF, and the State of New York.

Dr. Mukesh Khare

Dr. Mukesh V. Khare is Vice President at IBM Research, driving IBM’s computing hardware research agenda. In his current role, he and his team of more than 1000 researchers worldwide are re-defining the future of computing for the next generation workloads such as AI, Machine Learning, High-Performance Computing and their delivery through Hybrid Cloud. Throughout his career, Dr. Khare helped build and drive collaborative research alliances in the semiconductor industry to push the state of the art and most recently championed the formation of AI Hardware Center to drive innovations in AI technologies through collaboration. Dr. Khare has led research, development and implementation of several innovative technologies such as high-k metal gate and FinFET with significant value to IBM and research alliance partners. Dr. Khare is a recipient of IBM Corporate Award and Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for his accomplishments and is IBM Distinguished Engineer. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and serves on the advisory boards of several research focused entities. Dr. Khare served as the General Chair of the 2018 Symposia on VLSI Technology, has co-authored more than 100 research papers and holds several U.S. and international patents. Dr. Khare began his career at IBM in 1998 after finishing his M.S, M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. A proud father of two and the husband of an architect, Dr. Khare is a strong advocate of diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace through sponsoring initiatives such as PowerUp for women engineers.

Dr.  Helena ​Khazdozian

After receiving a dual-BA in Physics and Art History from Hartwick College (2010), Dr. Helena Khazdozian completed her MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia (2013) where she focused on thin film semiconductor fabrication for photovoltaics. Her interest in renewable energy took her to Iowa State University, where she earned her PhD in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy with a co-major in Electrical Engineering (2016). There she developed designs to reduce size, weight, or critical materials in wind turbine generators. She joined the Critical Materials Institute, a Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub, at the Ames Laboratory from 2016 to 2018, evaluating critical magnetic materials in permanent magnet machine applications using finite element analysis. Dr. Khazdozian is currently a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where she leads and coordinates much of AMO’s work on critical materials.

Kirk J. Macolini

Matt leads Business Development and is an Investment Team Principal at Republic––an investment platform for startups to raise capital and for everyone to invest in startups. He and his team educate entrepreneurs on the value of opening up the investment opportunity to everyone, including their most loyal customers or users. 

Before diving into the startup world, he worked on Global Citizen’s Business Development team that managed corporate partnerships of their Fortune 50 accounts including Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Citi. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Matt Melbourne

Kirk Macolini is the President and founder of InteliSpark (www.intelispark.com), a hands-on business development consulting firm specializing in securing non-dilutive funding for start-ups through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and other government research funding programs. He has helped start-ups develop ~400 successful research proposals resulting in over $170,000,000 in non-dilutive funding.Clients have achieved over $500,000,000 in successful exits. In the last 24 months alone, he has helped 60 start-up companies secure non-dilutive funding for their research.

Dr. Nabil Nasr

Dr. Nabil Nasr is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the REMADE Institute, where he oversees everything from node-level research roadmap development to corporate engagement of the Institute’s largest industrial partners. Dr. Nasr also serves as the Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and an Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Dr. Nasr has worked in the fields of sustainable manufacturing, remanufacturing, clean production, and sustainable product development for over 25 years, and is considered an international leader in research and development efforts in those disciplines. Dr. Nasr has served as an expert delegate for the U.S. government in several international forums, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the United Nations, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Dr. Nasr is also a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Dr. Nasr’s significant expertise in sustainable manufacturing leadership continues with his latest endeavor, the REMADE Insitute.

Mark D. Poliks

Mark D. Poliks is a Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering and Technical Director of the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is an expert in electronics packaging, flexible electronics, materials, processing, roll-to-roll manufacturing, in-line quality control and reliability. He has authored numerous technical papers and invited presentations. He holds over forty US patents. He is a member of the Flex-Tech Alliance technical council, an Associate Editor of the “Journal of Electronic Packaging,” a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society and the IEEE/CPMT. Poliks is active in the leadership of the IEEE/CPMT Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) serving as chair of several technical program sub-committees. He chaired the 2010 ECTC plenary session on “The Evolution of Mobile Processing Architectures” and was a symposium organizer of “Roll-to-Roll Processing of Electronics and Advanced Functionalities” at the 2012 fall meeting of the Materials Research Society. He was invited to teach short courses on “Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing” at three international meetings of the Flex-Tech Alliance. Poliks received the Flex-Tech Alliance “FLEXI Award” for leadership in the technology and education of flexible electronics and the S3IP / STOC “Technology Leader of the Year” award. He has held senior technical management positions at Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. and IBM Microelectronics. He was a founding member of the IBM Materials Research Community and received an IBM award for “Excellence in Technical Management.” Poliks received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Connecticut and held a McDonnell-Douglas postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dan Radomski

Dan Radomski is small business and start-ups expert, focused on product development, competitive business strategy, product design and manufacturing.  Dan currently leads the Centrepolis Hardware Accelerator and serves as an advisor for other hardware accelerator programs.  Dan was previously Chief Strategy Officer for Optimal Inc., a product design and benchmarking firm focused on electric vehicle development.  Dan also serves as an advisor to the Lawrence Technological University Collaboratory, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers and innovators of new “hardware” products.

In his prior role as Vice President of Industry and Venture Development at NextEnergy, Dan led all market and technology analytic efforts to support the growth of early-stage and mature energy technology firms in areas such as wind, solar, advanced batteries, power electronics, vehicle electrification, smart grid, micro-grid, natural gas, and energy efficiency.  This included NextEnergy’s venture and incubator services, supporting the commercialization efforts of approximately 1,000 new developers of advanced energy technologies; and helping over 120 manufacturers successfully diversify into the clean energy supply chain.

Radomski frequently serves as an advisor, judge, mentor and committee member for regional and national accelerators and cleantech competitions, including TechStars Mobility, CleanTech Open, Clean Energy Trust Challenge, Accelerate Michigan, DTE E-Challenge, Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, and the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.

Prior to NextEnergy Dan was co-founder of a clean energy technology consultancy with offices in Berkley, MI and Barcelona, Spain.  Dan also worked for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers on product development for advanced manufacturing technologies and disciplines including lean manufacturing, machining, fabrication, composites, micro- and nano-manufacturing.

Dan has served as a developer for DOE / Lawrence Livermore National Lab training curricula that educates product developers / companies with “hardware” based products on how to scale their business.  He has been an instructor and curriculum developer for DOE / ARPA-E I-Corps Program; and has served as an advisor for the National Governor’s Association’s (NGA) Clean Energy Economic Development Policy Academy program, and as a contributor to DOE’s Industry Peer and Annual Merit Review activities.

Pravina Raghavan

Pravina, Executive Vice President, Division of Small Business and Technology Development for Empire State Development, has 20+ years of experience in providing strategic advisory services to businesses in the start-up, growth, expansion and maturity phases of development. Prior to joining ESD, Pravina was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Deputy Associate Administrator of Investment and Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the District Director for SBA’s New York District Office. Before joining the federal government, Pravina was a Vice President with MTV and BET Networks, an owner and partner of a strategic advisory firm and Business Development Director for Misys PLC, one of the world’s largest banking software companies. She was also an associate at Broadview International, a London investment bank, and worked at AT&T in several finance and management roles, including her last 5 years as the M&A Director for Europe & Asia. Pravina has an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University and a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University. ESD Division of Small Business & Technology Development Empire State Development’s (ESD) Division for Small Business and Technology Development has over 30 programs to support entrepreneurs and small business owners. The programs focus on providing support to small businesses in three areas: (1) Access to Capital, (2) Entrepreneurial Development and (3) Commercialization and Technology Assistance. Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees can take advantage of utilizing these programs at any stage of their growth.

Michael Riedlinger

Mike creates and provides experiential programs for entrepreneurs throughout the region. He has created programs including NextCorps LaunchPad for web and mobile startups by drawing on his experiences from founding and co-founding eight startups (including one that became publicly-traded) as well as training through the National Science Foundation ICorps Program at Stanford University. Invention and creativity are key areas of interest for Mike, who holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Rochester, where he is also a lecturer in Technical Entrepreneurship Management. Mike revels in the rich history of regional innovations in agriculture, computing, medical devices, optics, and telecommunications. He serves on the Industrial Advisory Board at the Cornell Center for Materials Research and supports educational outreach programs including Cornell’s Lending Library of Experiments and the Rochester chapter of Engineering World Health.

Dr. Brad Ringeisen

Dr. Brad Ringeisen was named Office Director of BTO in June 2019. He joined DARPA as the deputy director of BTO in December 2016.

Before coming to DARPA, Ringeisen was the head of the Bioenergy and Biofabrication Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where he oversaw diverse research programs including the development and application of laser-assisted printing approaches to biology, development of organs-on-a-chip, microbial energy harvesting and extracellular electron transfer, as well as microbial discovery and microbiome characterization. His personal research focused on using a variety of novel laser-based processing tools to deposit patterns and 3D structures of biological materials including living cells, fixed tissue, solid-phase environmental samples, and biopolymers. He was also the chief technology officer for the Defense Department’s Advanced Technology Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

From 2012 to 2014, Ringeisen was detailed at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Joint Science and Technology Office as a science and technology manager, where he oversaw the development of field-forward diagnostic technology with wireless connectivity to the cloud.

Ringeisen is a pioneer in the field of live cell printing, having demonstrated the first living bacteria and mammalian cell printing experiment using modified laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) technology in the early 2000s. He is a named inventor on thirteen patents, eight involving modifications to LIFT for biological applications. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has edited a book on cell and organ printing. Throughout his career he has worked across the Department of Defense (DoD) research enterprise having performed research for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and DTRA, in addition to his internal programs at NRL.

Ringeisen received a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Wake Forest University. He was named the DoD lab scientist of the quarter in December 2015 for his achievements in applying bioprinting to the fields of tissue engineering and microbial ecology.

Kevin Surace

Kevin Surace is a Silicon Valley innovator, serial entrepreneur, CEO, TV personality and EDUTAINER. Kevin has been featured by Businessweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX News, and has keynoted hundreds of events, from INC5000 to TED to the US Congress. He was INC Magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year, a CNBC top Innovator of the Decade, World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Chair of Silicon Valley Forum, Planet Forward Innovator of the Year nominee, featured for 5 years on TechTV’s Silicon Spin, and inducted into RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame. While he has a technical background with 85 worldwide patents, he is known as a very dynamic public speaker who is a true entertainer that excites, educates and energizes audiences to action.

Tony Topencik

Tony Topencik is the Senior Director of Operations for The Raymond Corporation. Over his 25-year tenure at Raymond, he has worked as a Principal Systems Engineer, Computer-aided Engineering Specialist and Advanced Manufacturing Engineer. He previously served in managerial roles as a Manufacturing Operations director, Assembly Operations manager, Toyota Production System manager and Operations Engineering manager. Topencik holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s of Science degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

Colin Touhey 

Colin Touhey is the CEO and founder of Pvilion, a solar technology development firm based in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Touhey has been in the solar industry since 2009, developing technology, solar projects, and installations of over $10M with the likes of Google, the US Army, the City of Miami Beach, the US Army, and Carnegie Hall. He started Pvilion 2011 integrating solar cells and fabrics, building products that generate electricity ranging from clothing and consumer goods to stadium roofs and building facades. Combining aesthetics and functionality, Pvilion specializes in the design, engineering, and manufacturing lightweight solar products.

Mr. Touhey has recently received the Forbes 30 Under 30 Award for energy, has worked in wind and ocean current energy with NASA,  THOR, and others. He is also the founder of Foray, a medical devices engineering firm, and Cityseat, and consumer lifestyle brand. Before founding Pvilion, Mr. Touhey attended Phillips Andover and Trinity College, where he studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

Michael Ulbrich

Michael Ulbrich is President of EWI’s New York Operations, a non-profit engineering and applied research and development company that works with manufacturers to develop, commercialize, and implement leading-edge manufacturing technologies. In this role, Michael is also responsible for leading Buffalo Manufacturing Works. Michael joined EWI following 10 years with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co in New York City and London, United Kingdom. He most recently served as the Vice President of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Nordic Region. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Michael was at Walt Disney World & Co. in Orlando, Florida working on operational planning, forecasting and productivity and process improvement projects. Michael received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

Scott Vader

Scott is the cofounder along with his son Zachary Vader of Vader Systems. Vader Systems is the inventor and sole supplier of the MagnetoJet based liquid metal 3D printer, the MagnetoJet subsystem for hybrid manufacturing and the Vaderite Powder Production System. Scott has more than 30 years of executive management, engineering management and engineering experience in automotive, composite and metal additive manufacturing.

Scott Volk

Scott Volk is an industry expert in both the plastic and metal additive manufacturing industries with over 25 years’ experience. At Laser Modeling Inc. and Scicon Technologies, Mr. Volk was involved in all aspects of SLA and RTV processes including materials development, quality, training and estimating. Prior to joining Incodema3D, Mr. Volk was one of the Founders and Vice President of Manufacturing at GPI Prototype, with extensive experience in researching and development in Laser Powder bed fusion (LPBF). He was responsible for all aspects of LPBF, including manufacturing engineering, continuous improvement, risk assessment and certifications. Years of involvement with academia and the standards communities, keeps him on the leading edge for the future and current industry and customer needs.  Mr. Volk’s experience allows him to create complex parts that others don’t dare attempt and can work with strategic partners to develop materials and processes to meet new demands.​

Matt Watson

Matt Watson has extensive experience in organizational management, program development, policy, and advocacy. His twenty-year career includes senior and executive roles in the public and private sectors.

Currently, he serves as the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR), the state economic development division responsible for advancing science, technology, and innovation in support of industry growth and competitiveness.

Edward White

Ed White is AIM Photonics AVP for Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) Facility. Ed was also recently named Chairman of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI). His main responsibility is for AIM Photonics Test, Assembly and Packaging business located in Rochester, NY. In addition to these duties, he is focused on identifying companies who will participate and benefit from improvements in Photonic Integrated Chip manufacturing, generally educating the community about the merits of Photonic Integrated devices, increasing membership in AIM Photonics, and securing AIM Photonics sustainability post government funding. Ed is a native of New York State, and began his career at Kodak after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He later went on to earn an Executive MBA also from the University of Rochester. At Kodak, Ed held several executive positions with global responsibility including General Manager Optical Products & Vice President Commercial Imaging Group, Director WW Equipment Manufacturing & Vice President Global Manufacturing and Logistics, Director Ink Jet Manufacturing & Vice President Consumer Digital Group. After leaving Kodak in 2009, Ed led JML Optical Company as President and CEO in an interim capacity and in 2010 he founded Edward White Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Eric Williams

Eric Williams is Professor at the Golisano Institute of Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology. His research is on building system models to better inform policy and other decisions to improve the sustainability outcomes of technologies. He has testified before Congress on electronic waste and his resarch has been widely covered in the media, e.g. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC.  Eric’s current projects are on building energy system models to inform renewable and efficiency policy and assessment of new technologies to extract rare earth elements from waste products.