MTRC

Quality, quantity mark 2nd Manufacturers’ Symposium

By GREGORY ZELLER // Most business conferences hang their hats on attendance – the bigger, the better. But as any good manufacturer will tell you, when you want to build something right, it’s not about using the most pieces – it’s about using the right ones. So, when the second-annual Long Island Manufacturers’ Symposium graces the Melville Marriott on Nov. 13, organizers won’t be much interested in a head count. At a minimum, they’re expecting…


Debrief: Michael Chiang, mic’d up at Stony Brook SBDC

  Michael Chiang didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. But firsthand exposure to Baruch College professors who were also successful entrepreneurs changed his mind (and his major), instilling a desire to “create something that impacts the lives of many people.” Flash forward: The Long Island native, Baruch grad (BBA, entrepreneurship, business law and mathematics) and Kickstarter success story has done that, as the creative force behind FitBark, MatchPuppy and other commercial successes, (including his…


For Island manufacturers, a rapid-prototyping boost

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will offer rapid prototyping services to Long Island manufacturers through the state’s regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership center. Stocked with 3D printers, laser-etchers and other frontline maker tech, the new User Facility Center – part of Stony Brook University’s Manufacturing and Technology Research Consortium,  tucked inside SBU’s Center of Excellence for Wireless and Information Technology – aims to carry early-stage innovations “from idea to [computer-assisted design] to printing,” according to MTRC…


FuzeHub brings clean-gen Build4Scale workshops to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // A U.S. Department of Energy training program that schools burgeoning energy-hardware manufacturers on prototyping and manufacturing is coming to Long Island. FuzeHub, a nonprofit networking organization serving as the vital cog of New York State’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has scheduled its first Long Island-based Build4Scale workshops, designed to equip energy innovators with the necessary knowledge to create manufacturing-ready prototypes, avoid costly redesigns and play nicely with large-scale manufacturers. With the Trump…


For food manufacturers, MTRC/LIFC spells “growth”

By GREGORY ZELLER // Some fairly thick alphabet soup will create a tasty economic-development stew for regional food manufacturers. The Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium is partnering with the Port Washington-based Long Island Food Council on a multifaceted effort to bring expert consulting services to food manufacturers in Nassau and Suffolk. The MTRC/LIFC partnership will be a resource for clients of the MTRC, which is located on the Stony Brook University campus and serves as…


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…