The Debrief

Debrief: One year in, NYIT Prez Foley sees LI’s promise

Decades of high-level experience in university-based research and strategic planning, including 10 months at the helm of the New York Institute of Technology, infuse everything Hank Foley says about higher education and its role in the larger socioeconomic scheme. Foley, who succeeded former provost and interim NYIT President Rahmat Shoureshi in June 2017 and was “officially installed” last month, came to New York from the University of Missouri system, where the longtime executive VP (and…

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Debrief: Happy landings with Daniel Preston

With the fate of Riverhead Town’s Enterprise Park at Calverton still very much in the air, Daniel Preston would like to throttle things back a bit. Half-truths and wild speculation have been part of the EPCAL story since Grumman pulled out a quarter-century ago, and CEO Preston’s Luminati Aerospace LLC, which is looking to purchase the storied property for $40 million and revive Long Island’s dormant aerospace industry, has not been spared: It’s already parted…


Debrief: LIU innovation chair, not in Kansas anymore

As the first person to occupy Long Island University-Post’s Vorzimer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship – the “charter chair,” according to the school – Dane Stangler is all about breaking new ground. The visiting (and first-time) professor, who will also help drive LIU Post’s T. Denny Sanford Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will leverage lessons gleaned during an impressive rise to nationally renowned entrepreneurship expert, including a term as VP of research at the Ewing Marion…


Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Huntington was barely a year old and still finding its way; two years hence, Rugile has honed the co-working space into a…


Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


Debrief: Lenny Poveromo, living in a material world

The Composite Prototyping Center – a nonprofit manufacturing mecca specializing in carbon fibers, ceramics and other non-traditional building blocks – opened in Plainview in 2014 under the steadiest of hands. Executive Director Lenny Poveromo brought a quality education (a BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Hofstra), decades of cutting-edge manufacturing experience (he directed East Coast technology development for Northrop Grumman) and sterling connections (he’d served on the advisory boards of…


Debrief: Accelerating with Peter Donnelly

Not to be confused with the Accelerate Long Island Seed Fund is the Accelerate New York Seed Fund, an all-new endowment operating under the auspices of nonprofit regional-commercialization booster Accelerate Long Island. Boasting a $6 million war chest ($3 million from Albany and $3 million from private investors, primarily Topspin Partners of Syosset), the new fund takes a wider view, injecting capital into early-stage innovators across Downstate New York. Leading the way is new Accelerate…