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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…


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…