Imin Kao

Forces unite to kickstart Maryhaven greeting card biz

By GREGORY ZELLER // A program dedicated to assisting Long Island manufacturers has partnered with a regional nonprofit that provides resources for people with disabilities on a project that has created a new greeting-card business. FuzeHub, a statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center, has long partnered with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation to provide assistance at manufacturing facilities that employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On Long Island, the Stony…


At the CPC, Robotics Camp and the world of tomorrow

By GREGORY ZELLER // Robots invaded the Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview on Aug. 3, but stay calm – humans remained in control. Some very young humans, in fact, representing school districts from across Long Island in a pilot Robotics Camp presented by the Stony Brook University-based Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium, the Island’s regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership center. The MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, each…


SBU science runs wild among 2018 NAI inductees

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovation abounds among the 15 Stony Brook University faculty members being welcomed today into the National Academy of Inventors. The national academy’s SBU chapter, which debuted in 2016 with an intellectually staggering 30-member opening class, was scheduled to induct 15 new members Tuesday evening during its annual meeting at the university’s Charles B. Wang Center. The latest inductees span a wide range of scientific disciplines, from Dennis Galanakis – an SBU…


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…


Saelens retires, and SBU does the MEP shuffle

By GREGORY ZELLER // The man tapped to manage a $5 million regional manufacturing program is out, less than a year into the five-year state award. Jeffrey Saelens, executive director of the Stony Brook University-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium, is retiring, effective at the end of the month. The university has made no official statement, but Saelens confirmed his imminent departure to Innovate LI Tuesday morning. “I’m 77,” he said. “That’s enough.” Saelens, who…