THe Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator Board
Board Chairman, Acting Vice-Chair - Academics
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 (
Vice - Chair - Economic Dev.
Thomas Schryver is the Vice-Chair of Economic Development. Tom is currently the Executive Director of Cornell’s 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 Council’s Innovation Culture workgroup.
Dr. Odessa N. 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
commercial and manufacturing work streams associated with the Through Glass Via
Mike Shimazu is the Senior Advisor for Innovation at NYSERDA. He has applied business development skills to advanced technology in optics, robotics, materials, and for most of the past decade, clean tech. Shimazu has started businesses and funded them, invented a couple of things, and brought some interesting technology to market. Through his experience, he has learned how to criss-cross the domains of startups, government and universities to advance innovation and new solutions.
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
downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the Start-up NY initiative at Binghamton University.
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, Â 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.
Steven Medwin is the director of Energy Solutions, a new business unit charged with
commercializing energy products and services for Raymond. He worked for over 20 years in R&D at DuPont before starting at The Raymond Corporation, a division of Toyota Industries,
in 2001. After a few years working in the Engineering Department, he was named Manager of Advanced Research and one of his initial projects was evaluating the application of fuel cell
technology to the material handling business. Since then his team completed research in telematics, automation and energy storage that lead to the creation of a number of
Catarina Madeira is NECEC’s 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
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 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.
Michael Jagielski is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in sales,
consulting, commercialization, M&A, finance, marketing, audit, business development, and services. His diverse experience comes from Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Unisys,
NCR, Experian, Acxiom, Dun & Bradstreet, as well as several SMB organizations across a plethora of management disciplines. Michael is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Principal of Micatu Inc.
Zachary Shulman has been a Managing Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund since 2004 and Director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell since October 2013. Â Prior to his current roles, Zach was a Senior Lecturer at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and headed up many entrepreneurship-related programmatic activities there. Â 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.
Cindy Chadwick is Director of Public Affairs for New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), subsidiaries of parent company AVANGRID. Based in Binghamton, NY, Cindy has held several positions at the company during her 35-year career in residential marketing, educational services, federal government affairs, and state
government affairs where she served as the company’s principal lobbyist in Washington, D.C and then Albany, NY. In her current role, Cindy oversees corporate contributions, community outreach on capital projects and company initiatives, emergency response, local and state
government affairs, and the companies’ economic development programs.