Event at Gilman Center for International Education to Include Industry Leaders

PHOTO: Maggie Wilderotter conducts an interview during the opening of SUNY Orange's Frontier TechLabMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – With an eye toward shaping its science and technology curriculum to meet the future needs of emerging technology industries in the region, and to prepare for an on-campus technology center on the horizon, SUNY Orange will hold a Science and Technology Summit on Jan. 15, 2009, that will feature panel presentations by Maggie Wilderotter (right), chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications; Christine King (below left), president and CEO of SMSC; and Vincent Cozzolino, CEO of The Solar Energy Consortium.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., in the College’s Gilman Center for International Education, located in the Library on SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. Joining Wilderotter, King and Cozzolino will be keynote speaker Edward M. Cupoli, Ph.D., professor and head of the Nanoeconomics Constellation of SUNY Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

The panelists and keynote speaker will provide industry-specific perspectives on the future growth potential of technology-based industries in the Hudson Valley, and beyond, as well workforce development needs respective to those industries. The College anticipates this Science and Technology Summit will establish the foundation for future discussions that will help SUNY Orange gather workforce and academic counsel from science and technology leaders.

This past April, the College learned that a $19.45 million line item was included in New York State’s 2009 budget for construction of a Science and Technology Center on the Middletown campus. In addition to uniting all of its science and technology programs under one roof, the College expects to dedicate space in the new building for new and emergent technology research.

PHOTO: Christine King“An important component of the College’s mission is providing a qualified labor pool to meet our regional economic development needs,” said Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “We are about to embark on the planning process for a new Science and Technology Center. This Center will be the source of outstanding opportunities for higher education to stimulate and support 21st Century development and growth of technology-centered industries in this region.

“Our Science and Technology Summit will provide invaluable input to us as we initiate the plans for the new Science and Technology Center, and it will help the College continue to be responsive to the needs of business and industry in Orange County.”

During his keynote address, Cupoli is expected to frame the current state of science and technology in the region and provide a glimpse of the region’s potential in these areas. The panelists will then outline the roles industry leaders play in expanding growth within their fields, offer insights into these cutting-edge businesses and discuss the College’s role in training and educating the workforce.

Audience participation will be encouraged and could lead to further discussions on topics such as the current economic status of the region, educational systems, science and technology innovation trends, specific workforce needs, projected changes in the local economy and the workforce, and ways in which the community and the College could develop meaningful partnerships.

PHOTO: Edward CupoliCupoli (left) holds a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University. His current research concentrates on the economic implications of, and economic forecasting for, nanotechnology, as well as the United States’ competitive position within the world economy. He has worked closely with the New York State Assembly on various forms of legislation and constitutional amendments relative to economics.

Wilderotter became chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications (then Citizens Communications) in 2004 after successful stints at Microsoft Corp. and Wink Communications over the previous 10 years. Locally, Frontier Communications has been an ardent supporter of SUNY Orange, but that relationship has grown greatly since Wilderotter’s arrival. In September 2007, the College unveiled its Frontier TechLab, a state-of-the-art telecommunications lab donated by Frontier and 11 of its vendors.

This past October, King, a 1973 graduate of SUNY Orange, was named president and CEO of SMSC, a global semiconductor company headquartered in Hauppauge, N.Y., with operations in North America, Asia and Europe. In 2001, she was named CEO of AMI Semiconductor, becoming the first female CEO in an industry that was widely considered to be the toughest high-tech profession in terms of the advancement of women. She earned her trailblazing appointment at AMI by crafting a remarkable 23-year career at IBM.

PHOTO: Vinnie CozzolinoCozzolino (right), a physicist and electrical engineer who spent more than 30 years at IBM, was one of three founding members of The Solar Energy Consortium, a group dedicated to moving the state of New York to the forefront of renewable energy research, development, and implementation, particularly in the area of solar energy. One of the group’s goals is to generate jobs for the region.

Dialogue from the Science and Technology Summit will be converted into a White Paper—provided to participants and released to the community—that will assist the College in developing an ad-hoc committee of community leaders who will advise the College on the design and programming needs of the new Science and Technology Center.

For more information, contact Russell Hammond, director of the College’s “Defining Moments” Capital Campaign, at (845) 341-4337.

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