THe Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator Board
  • Stanley Whittingham

    Stanley Whittingham

    Stanley Whittingham is Board Chairman and the Acting Vice-Chair of Academics. Stan is a SUNY distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at SUNY Binghamton. He has been active in Li-batteries since 1971 and returned to academia in 1988 to initiate a program in materials chemistry at SUNY Binghamton. He is presently Director of the NECCES EFRC based at Binghamton and Vice-Chair, Board of Directors of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NYBEST).

  • Thomas Schryver

    Thomas Schryver

    Thomas Schryver is the Vice-Chair of Economic Development. Tom is currently the Executive Director of Cornells Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA). He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Tom is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. He co-chairs the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Councils Innovation Culture workgroup.

  • Dr. Odessa Petzold

    Dr. Odessa Petzold

    Dr. Odessa N. Petzold is the Vice-Chair of Industrial. Dr. Petzold is the business technology director of the Precision Glass Solutions business, Corning Incorporated. She is responsible for delivery of innovation programs in the PGS portfolio and the technology strategy that supports the business needs. She is also the program director responsible for the technical, commercial and manufacturing work streams associated with the Through Glass Via program.

  • Colby Creedon

    Colby Creedon

    Colby Creedon is a project manager on NYSERDAs Tech to Market team where he manages NYSERDAs Clean Energy Incubator Program and the 76West Business Competition. Prior to NYSERDA, Colby managed business development functions for the University at Albanys atmospheric sciences programs.

  • Per Stromhaug

    Per Stromhaug

    Per Stromhaug is the Assistant Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at Binghamton University. Stromhaug oversees the office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships including tech transfer activities, the start-up suite, entrepreneurial support and economic growth initiatives. He is also overseeing the new High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the Start-up NY initiative at Binghamton University.

  • William Acker

    William Acker

    Dr. William Acker is currently serves as the first Executive Director of NY-BEST where he has grown the organization to more than 150 member companies, created the BEST Test and Commercialization Center and new battery prototyping capabilities, and performed pioneering work in advancing markets, policy, technology and product development. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been instrumental in founding and growing several energy related businesses, including Optiwind Corporation, MTI MicroFuel Cells, Taconic Energy, and Plug Power.

  • Jennifer De Souza

    Jennifer De Souza

    Jennifer De Souza is senior director for corporate procurement and strategic alliances for The Raymond Corporation. De Souza has over 15 years of supply chain and strategic sourcing experience supporting world leading companies including Amphenol Aerospace and Endicott Interconnect Technologies.

  • Catarina Madeira

    Catarina Madeira

    Catarina Madeira is NECECs Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program Cleantech Navigate Northeast. With an international background, Catarina was previously part of the Building Global Innovators team (BGI), a global startup accelerator created by the MIT Portugal Program, the University Institute of Lisbon, and MIT that supported early stage tech-based new companies, namely in the cleantech, smart cities and water economy space. More recently she was the business developer focusing on the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem where she created an extensive network.

  • Nancy Kirby

    Nancy Kirby

    Nancy Kirby became the Executive Director of IncubatorWorks in 2017 after joining as CFO in 2012. Before joining IncubatorWorks, she founded her own CPA firm and built it to a firm of 14 professionals serving a wide range of businesses for more than 25 years. During that time, she acted as contract CFO for a wide range of startup businesses, assisting them in their growth; helping them from initial startup to gross sales of up to $20 million. She has also served as CFO in various nonprofit organizations with the goal of turning around the financial position of these agencies.

  • Rajinder rai

    Rajinder rai

    Rajinder Rai is the Engineering Director for Innovation and Growth and has been with BAE since February 2015. Raj started his career in Endicott with IBM Microelectronics and prior to his current role, Raj was the Chief Technology Officer of Endicott Interconnect Technologies. Raj has 22 years of experience in the high-tech electronics industry and has held a variety of Senior Design and Development Engineering as well as various Senior Management and Executive roles and possesses particular expertise in driving new business opportunities through his sound knowledge of electronic packaging. He has 5 US Issued Patents and authored/co-authored numerous technical papers.

  • Zachary Shulman

    Zachary Shulman

    Zachary Shulman has been a Managing Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund since 2004 and Director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell since October 2013. Prior to his current roles, Zach was a Senior Lecturer at Cornells Johnson Graduate School of Management and headed up many entrepreneurship-related programmatic activities there. Prior to that, Zach was a corporate lawyer in Boston and Ithaca and also General Counsel at a tech company that raised boatloads of venture capital in 1999 and 2000; ultimately, Zach took that company through bankruptcy.

  • Michael Deangelo

    Michael Deangelo

    Michael DeAngelo is Program Manager Non Wires Alternatives for AVANGRID. In this role, Michael manages both the Non-Wires Alternatives and Non-Pipes Alternatives programs for AVANGRIDs subsidiaries; New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG), Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), Central Maine Power (CMP) and United Illuminating (UI). The Non-Wires Alternatives and Non-Pipes Alternatives programs seek new innovative alternative approaches to address electric and natural gas system needs through non-traditional solutions. Mike has over 12 years of experience working in both the electric and gas utility industry and the power generation industry.

  • Shailesh Upreti

    Shailesh Upreti

    With over 19 years of experience developing clean energy products, Shailesh Upreti works on the board of multiple tech companies producing lithium ion batteries. Shailesh is also the president of Charge CCCV, an SCI company specializing in lithium-ion battery production and optimization. His previous experiences include founding a multi-million dollar valued recycling startup, publishing research alongside Stanley Whittingham, and working as a tech advisor for a consulting firm.