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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…


Debrief: He’s Keith Hernandez

Though a particular fandom knows him best for a brief but bright cameo on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” (26 years ago!), millions still revere Keith Hernandez as a field general and the steadiest bat of the world champion 1986 New York Mets. Millions more know him now as part of the Metropolitans’ highly regarded broadcasting team, and Hernandez – who collected 11 Gold Glove Awards, five All-Star Selections, two World Series titles and a National…


Debrief: In San Diego, a socioeconomic blueprint for LI

From Innovate LI’s San Diego office… (no, just kidding, we wish). But indeed from San Diego comes a regional innovation saga with surprisingly familiar themes. You might not think it at first blush, but California’s San Diego County and Long Island have lots in common: a crippling 20th century departure by the aerospace industry, a strong university-based innovation pulse, healthy tourism numbers and more. The difference between the two economies is in the timing –…


Debrief: Howard Schneider sticks to the facts

News flash: Howard Schneider knows journalism. From his 1967 master’s degree at the Columbia Journalism School to his 35 years as a Newsday reporter and editor to adjunct teaching positions at Queens College and (since 1980) Stony Brook University, the Long Island legend has cemented a legacy of journalistic integrity and know-how. Now, in an era defined by “fake news” and “alternative facts,” the dean of SBU’s circa-2006 School of Journalism – still the only…


Debrief: Red flags, high hopes from Master Faltischek

When Innovate LI last debriefed Long Island Angel Network Chairman Michael Faltischek in May 2015, the LIAN already boasted a significant legacy: 600-plus financing applications reviewed, in excess of $5 million in investments brokered. Less than three years later, the network – which arranges investments but doesn’t make them – has reviewed another hundred-plus applications and negotiated upwards of $30 million in private investments. Meanwhile, at the senior partner’s Uniondale-based law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek,…


Debrief: Feinstein’s busy Bouton strengthens his grip

It’s been a busy two years since Chad Bouton left independent R&D giant Battelle and hitched his wagon to the Feinstein Center for Medical Research, joining forces with bioelectronics pioneer and Feinstein Center honcho Kevin Tracey. But perhaps no stretch has been busier than this last month, in which the director of Feinstein’s Center for Bioelectronic Medicine earned the top prize in Northwell Health’s Innovation Challenge (with his NeuroGuard device) and headlined a TEDxHofstraUniversity event…


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: 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…


Debrief: Steve Israel, the next generation

Following eight U.S. House of Representative terms and a narrow escape from what could be the most contentious Congress in a generation (“I got out while the getting was good”), Steve Israel is hardly slowing down. As chairman of Long Island University’s Institute for Global Issues and the university’s latest Distinguished Writer in Residence, the former (as of Jan. 3) Third District rep will leverage his capitol résumé in pursuit of two key goals: developing…


The Debrief: Bob Catell’s newest application

Robert Catell has taken a board seat at Stony Brook-based anti-counterfeiting biotech Applied DNA Sciences, the latest addition to a résumé overflowing with executive accolades. A former chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the current chair of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center boasts decades of energy-related experience on all levels – knowledge that could prove key as Applied DNA eyes a lucrative new vertical….


Gerrit Wolf is minding innovation’s business

The Innovation Center stands out from Stony Brook University’s rich selection of business incubators and entrepreneurship programs for many reasons, but the first is this: Unlike the university’s other business-development programs, this one stems from SBU’s College of Business. Under the guiding hand of Gerrit Wolf, a management professor who earned his PhD in psychology from Cornell University, the center matches real-world business development to the sky-high science coming out of SBU’s research labs, while…