Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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…


They, robot: A summer of STEM at hi-tech camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional robotics effort will maintain momentum this summer for Long Island STEM students, with deep experiential learning opportunities in physical design, practical electronics and more. Coming this July to the Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview is the SnappyXO Design Innovation and Robotics Camp, a joint effort of the CPC, Dix Hills-based Mechanismic Inc. and the Stony Brook University-based Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium, one of 10 statewide Empire State Development…


Rethinking the science of business (and clean energy)

By AMY ONORATO // Becoming an entrepreneur introduced Slawa 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…