Hod Lipson, PhD
Author Entrepreneur, and Professor of Engineering and Data Science - Columbia University

Hod Lipson, PhD

Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of the award winning book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”, and “Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead”, by MIT Press (translated into 7 languages). Before joining Columbia University in 2015, Hod spent 14 years as a professor at Cornell University. He received his PhD in 1999 from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, followed by a postdoc at Brandeis University and MIT. Hod Lipson’s work on self-aware and self-replicating robots challenges conventional views of robotics, and has enjoyed widespread media coverage. He has also pioneered open-source 3D printing, as well as electronics 3D printing, bio-printing and food printing. Lipson has co-authored over 300 publications that received over 14,000 citations to date. He has co-founded four companies, and is frequent keynoter both in industry and academic events. His TED Talk on self-aware machines is one of the most viewed presentations on AI and robotics. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.

Dave Warner, MD PhD
Medical Neuroscientist, Dir. Medical Intelligence - MindTel

Dave Warner, MD PhD

Dave Warner, a medical neuroscientist with an MD/PhD from Loma Linda University, gained international recognition for pioneering new methods of physiologically based human-computer interaction. Dr. Warner's research efforts focused on advanced instrumentation and new methods of analysis applied to evaluating various aspects of human function as it relates to human-computer interaction. His research efforts identify methods and techniques that optimize information flow between conscious intelligent humans performing purposeful, complex, time critical, tasks and interactive computers systems using AI and deep learning. Dr. Warner's work has indicated an optimal mapping of interactive interface technologies to the human nervous system's capacity to transduce, assimilate, and respond intelligently to information in an integrative-multisensory interaction and will fundamentally change the way that humans interact with information systems. Application areas for this work include quantitative assessment of human performance, augmentative communication systems, environmental controls for the disabled, medical communications and integrated interactive educational systems. Dr. Warner is particularly active in technology transfer of aerospace and other defense derived technologies to the fields of health care and education. Specific areas of interest are: advanced instrumentation for the acquisition and analysis of medically relevant biological signals; intelligent informatic systems, which augment both the general flow of medical information and provide decision support for the health care professional; public accesses health information databases designed to empower the average citizen to become more involved in their own health care; and advanced training technologies that adaptively optimize interactive educational systems to the capacity of the user.

Over the past decade Dr. Warner's research efforts have expanded to focus on innovative uses of information and communication technologies to support civil/military interaction in disaster response and post conflict environments. Much of his recent work has been in military/civilian operations supporting cross-domain information sharing and open communications capabilities in very difficult settings such as refugee camps, disaster areas, and post conflict stability operations.

From 2006 to the present Dr. Warner has been directing an ongoing operational experimentation effort in eastern Afghanistan focused on demonstrating that incentivized information sharing is vital to complex operations. Environments conducive to information sharing benefits coalition partners, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) along with the local community. Current efforts include exploring the use of open internet, social media and crowdsourcing as a force multiplier in civilian support to ongoing stability operations along the eastern border region of Afghanistan.


Alejandro Adam, PhD
Albany Medical College

Co-founder of Praxis Biotechnology, Inc., a research-driven pharmaceutical company that develops novel topical treatments for rosacea and other skin diseases.

Judy Albers
VanArsdale Chair: School Of Business - SUNY Geneseo

Nasir Ali
Co-founder and CEO - Upstate Venture Connect

Brian Anderson
Lead Economic Developer - National Grid

Andrew Bacchus
Business Development Officer - Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Andrew Bacchus works with Kingston from various sectors that are introducing a novel technology, or pursuing a growth strategy that requires some R&D collaboration with Queen’s University. Andrew is on the Board of SWITCH Ontario, and a community leader with Startup Kingston.

Clayton Besch
Director, New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund - Empire State Development

Bill Bond
Director, Intellectual Property Management Office - RIT

Robert J. Corona, DO, MBA
John B Henry Professor of Experimental Pathology and Department Chair, Pathology - Upstate Medical University

Robert J. Corona, DO, MBA

Dr. Robert J. Corona is the John B Bernard Henry Professor of Pathology and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Upstate Medical University. He was recently appointed University Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Dean for Academic and Industry Relations. Dr. Corona is Clinical Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Neuropathology and President of Upstate Pathologists Laboratories, LLC.

Dr. Corona served as Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Welch Allyn, Inc. for 16 years. Prior to joining Welch Allyn, he was Physician Director of Medical Informatics, Laboratory Informatics and Telemedicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. While at Upstate, he founded CareNet, a medical informatics and telemedicine program that won the Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Medicine.

Dr. Corona is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Neuropathology and Clinical Informatics. He served on the New York State Board for Medicine for 10 years and the New York State Department of Health’s Board of Professional Medical Conduct. He remains an Emeritus Member of the New York State Board for Medicine.

After graduating from Ithaca College in 1982, Dr. Corona received his medical degree from NYCOM/ NYIT(now known as NYITCOM) in Long Island, New York. He did a general medical internship at Southeastern Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and his residency and fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He did an additional fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. Dr. Corona also served as Chief Resident at SUNY Upstate Medical and as Co-Chairman of the Chief Resident's Association. Dr. Corona completed his MBA at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Cornelis J. Drost
President & CEO - Transonic Systems

Transonic Systems initiated out of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine with a novel ultrasound flowmeter technology which has since become the worldwide gold standard for a number of clinical diagnostic and animal studies applications

Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP
Director of Operations - CNY Biotech Accelerator

Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, Director of Operations, CNY Biotech Accelerator is responsible for development of collaborative initiatives and resource pathways to assist biotech innovators in the region.

Shubha Ghosh
Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Director of Technology Commercialization Law Program - Syracuse University College of Law

David Goodness
Central New York Regional Director - Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

David Goodness is the Central New York Regional Director for the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), focusing on engaging strategic partners and developing strategies to tackle workforce development initiatives and issues while helping employers bridge the skill gap problems across all industries within the region and in the state. The focus being to create and keep living-wage jobs in New York State.

Prior to joining WDI, David was the Training Director and Organizer for UA Local 73 Plumbers & Steamfitters, of Oswego, where he operated and monitored two Apprenticeship Programs and various Journeymen Certification Programs. He also taught trade math and all OSHA training certifications.

David currently serves as a board member of the Broome-Tioga, Onondaga and Oswego Workforce Development Boards and participates in the Cayuga-Cortland, Tompkins and Madison-Herkimer-Oneida boards as well. He sits on the Examining Board of Plumbers for the City of Oswego and is the Oswego Housing Authority Chairman. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from SUNY Oswego and a NYS Journeyman Certification as a Plumber/ Steamfitter.

David Hyndman, PhD
Assistant Director - Industry Partnerships

David Hyndman is an Assistant Director, University Partnerships within the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at Queen’s University. In this role, he manages and coordinates research and development collaborations between Queen's University researchers and local and regional technology companies.

Rami Katz
COO - Excell Partners, Inc.

Steven King
Export Director - CNYIBA

Steven King, Export Director for the CNYIBA has been exporting for over 25 years and has significant International Sales and Marketing experience. He served over 10 years with Colgate Palmolive from their offices in London, UK and then in Paris, France increasing shares across the Middle East and Southern Europe. He also lived in the Windward Islands and managed a Colgate Palmolive Company in the French Caribbean gaining valuable experience turning ‘importer for a few years’. He later shaped newly forming Central & Eastern European markets for Bristol Myers Squibs’ Consumer Products Division. His extensive career also includes successful distribution and sales strategies growing the European and African regions for the Zippo Manufacturing Company. He has exported to over 80 countries and is a member of the Upstate New York District Export Council.

Robert Kocik
Director - Central New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Robert Kocik

As Director of the Central New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center, Bob leads TDO’s initiatives to support the evolving needs of small- to mid-size manufacturers and technology-based entrepreneurs. Bob works collaboratively with academic, corporate, government, and economic development organizations to multiply the many resources in our community to spur business growth.

In his prior role at TDO, Bob led the implementation of HR, Lean, and workforce training initiatives for TDO clients. Bob’s 23 years of experience includes operations leadership positions with PPC, New Process Gear, and Service Merchandise. In these roles, he managed process improvement efforts including project selection and planning, Kaizen events, standard work, cycle time reduction, cellular workflow, and team building. Bob managed several Human Resource development initiatives including staff training, on-boarding, evaluations, HR strategic planning and succession planning.

Bob has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with dual majors in Business Management and Human Resource Management from Columbia College. He holds professional certifications for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Supervisory Leadership, OSHA HAZWOPER, and CPTAE. He is also a TWI Institute Certified trainer.

Scott Laundry
Senior Project Manager, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt - TDO

Scott Laundry

Scott Laundry’s career has encompassed a wide swath of the value stream. As an Applications & Sales Engineer he gained a deep appreciation of the voice of the customer and value delivery. Later he spent more than 21 years with Albany International in various roles including Plant Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Global Raw Materials Manager and LSS Black Belt. During that time he gained experience with almost every aspect of manufacturing. This included roles in key initiatives such as ISO 9001 certification, TQA, Lean, TPM, and the implementation of TWI programs. Scott developed a passion for continuous improvement during his 5 years as a full time LSS Black Belt and 3 years as a Global Raw Materials Manager. Working for the world’s largest manufacturer of paper machine clothing, he was able to teach and apply LSS concepts to a supply chain spanning 16 manufacturing plants in 6 countries.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Syracuse University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a TWI Institute certified trainer in TWI Job Methods, Job Relations, Job Instruction and Job Safety.

Felix Litvinsky
Managing Director - Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad

David Mankiewicz
SVP, Research, Policy & Planning - CenterState CEO

David Mankiewicz

David Mankiewicz is a Senior Vice President for Research, Policy and Planning for CenterState CEO. He addresses issues involving economic development, center city revitalization, community improvement and comprehensive planning as well as serving as the President of the University Hill Corporation.

Bill Murray
Digital and Additive Manufacturing Representative, Division of Science Technology and Innovation - Empire State Development

Bill Murray is one of three New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) representatives embedded in the Manufacturing USA innovation institutes, under a grant from NIST-MEP administers by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation. Bill is supporting two Manufacturing USA Federal manufacturing Institutes: America Makes (Additive Manufacturing) and DMDII (Digital Manufacturing). Both Institutes are represented in New York State through RIT, located in Rochester NY. Bill’s role is to promote these two institutes to small and medium-sized manufacturers across New York State to strengthen their competitiveness.

Prior to joining ESD Bill was a volunteer doing humanitarian work for the North Country Mission of Hope in Nicaragua for one year. Before that he was the Executive Director for CITEC, the MEP Center serving the North Country region of New York State.

Thomas O'Neal, Ph.D
Associate VP for Innovation & Commercialization - University of Central Florida

Thomas O'Neal, Ph.D

Dr. O’Neal currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Research and Commercialization at UCF, Vice President of the UCF Research Foundation, Executive Director of the UCF Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP), Executive Director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL), and the Executive Director of I-Corps at UCF, Florida’s first I-Corps site.

His pioneering work in business incubation and entrepreneurial ecosystems has helped build Central Florida’s innovation-based economy, which in turn has become an internationally-recognized model for economic development being used across the globe today.

Dr. O’Neal’s international recognition as an expert in research, engineering, technology transfer, business incubation, and economic development has led to presentations and instructional engagements on five continents. He has presented or taught at 18 international conferences, 35 national conferences, and 178 conferences throughout the State of Florida. His expertise has resulted in requests for consultations from government, academic and private industry leadership across international and national levels. He has been engaged by 20 international organizations and 13 national organizations, and helped them create entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance their community’s economic prosperity.

Dr. O’Neal currently serves on multiple international and local boards that advocate for research, commercialization, and entrepreneurism. These include the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), the National Entrepreneur Center (NEC), Florida Business Incubation Association (FBIA), The Corridor (formerly the Florida High Tech Corridor Council), and FireSpring Fund, and the Florida Research Consortium, among many others.

Renato Smith, Esq.
Barclay Damon, Syracuse, NY

Marcie Sonneborn
Professor of Practice, i-School, SBIR & Innovation Specialist - TDO

Teresa Stockton
Client Development Specialist - Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

Teresa is the Outreach Specialist for the TAAC with the responsibility of assisting trade impacted firms in the preparation of certification petitions, along with marketing the program throughout New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the TAAC, she worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies. Teresa’s greatest strengths are her relationship building skills, creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that can expand the programs reach. Teresa is a past VP of the Professional Women’s Group (BPW), an active member of the Susquehanna Valley Dollars for Scholars Board, and volunteers for Special Olympic programs.

Richard Uhlig
Chief Executive Officer - Quadrant Biosciences

Richard Uhlig is the Founder and CEO of Quadrant Biosciences, a company which acquires, develops and commercializes innovative life-science technologies.

Steve Wood
Assistant Director for Innovation Services - SUNY Research Foundation

  • Date

    Friday, November 17, 2017

  • Location

    Sheraton Syracuse University
    Syracuse, NY

  • Speakers

    Keynotes: Hod Lipson, PhD & Dave Warner, MD PhD - 31 Speakers!

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