Category: Speakers

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 …

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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 …

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Christopher Rooney

Christopher Rooney is a Business Development-Additive Manufacturing Specialist at Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR). In his role he works as a liaison and additive manufacturing technology specialist across small and medium-sized manufacturers in New York State, New York’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and Manufacturing USA innovation institutes. Prior to joining NYSTAR, …

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Pia Sawhney

Pia Sawhney is Director of Strategy at ASV and has been a serial media entrepreneur. At Armory Square Ventures, she applies her skills to source new opportunities and meet with startup teams and prospects. Pia has otherwise advised and helped operate the firm since its inception in 2014. In her former life, Pia’s films and …

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Christopher Schauerman, PhD

Dr. Christopher Schauerman is President and Founder of Cellec Technologies Inc. (Rochester, NY). He has 15 years of experience in the development of nanomaterials for sustainable energy systems. Dr Schauerman has a strong background in lithium ion cell manufacturing techniques, battery material engineering, and cell architecture optimization. Prior to starting Cellec Technologies, Dr. Schauerman served …

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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. …

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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 …

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Richard Uhlig

With more than 25 years of business experience focused on the design and development of innovative products across various industries, Richard’s management capabilities range from ownership of regional retail businesses to the start-up and management of major corporate divisions with domestic and international product sourcing and sales experience. Previously, he was the Chairman and Chief …

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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 …

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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 …

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