Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Rethinking the science of business (and clean energy)

By AMY ONORATO // Becoming an entrepreneur introduced Slowa Solovyov to a new way of thinking about science – a mindset incorporating business and marketing factors that went beyond straight research and development. For Solovyov, who had spent the previous 20 years pursuing superconductor research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, it was a challenge. And it would answer the question: What happens when a scientist wants to become an entrepreneur? Solovyov – also chief scientist at…


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…


SBU doesn’t need a LIFT to rework MEP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ann-Marie Scheidt and Jeffrey Saelens would like to make something clear: Long Island’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program is under Stony Brook University’s exclusive control. Despite several erroneous media reports that a joint application by SBU and the Long Island Forum for Technology won a five-year MEP award from NYSTAR, Empire State Development’s technology innovation division, only the university is listed on the winning regional MEP competition application – and the university is…