The Debrief

Debrief: For STEM warrior Havasy, it’s personal

Don’t get Ray Ann Havasy started about STEM. Actually, please do – the founder and director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning is more than happy to dish on the benefits of STEM education (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the importance of engaging young minds way before high school. That’s one of the two main components of the Rockville Centre-based CSTL, which launched in 2000 first as a continuing-education effort for…

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Debrief: Ken White eyes tomorrow’s workforce, today

When last we chatted up Ken White, the manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs was jazzed about the progress the then-three-year-old Long Island STEM Hub was making on its mission to educate a high-tech next-gen workforce. Launched in 2012 as part of the community-driven Empire State STEM Learning Network, the science/technology/engineering/mathematics program – managed by BNL and the Northwell Health system – has hit its stride in the last two years, according…


Debrief: Developing, economically, with Regina Zara

Nice numbers from “Report on Effectiveness of Suffolk County IDA,” a 40-page Industrial Development Agency report card prepared by Suffolk’s Department of Economic Development and Planning: Between 2012 and 2016, the IDA granted $89.8 million in sales-tax exemptions on equipment purchases, plus similar breaks on mortgage and property taxes, to 86 projects, which have collectively generated $775 million in regional economic activity ($212 million spent on goods and services from 2,500 Long Island companies in…


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…