Administration

Hadi Bozorgmanesh

Hadi Bozorgmanesh
Principal Investigator

Bio

Hadi Bozorgmanesh is Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering at UConn where he developed and teaches Tech Experiential Entrepreneurship for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in converting research into viable businesses. Bozorgmanesh is an academic advisor to the Innovation House and actively involved with introducing entrepreneurship to the First-Year Learning Communities. Bozorgmanesh also serves as a mentor and advisor to student entrepreneurs and helps them with funding opportunities through the Third Bridge Grant Program.

Prior to UConn, Bozorgmanesh was a senior executive with Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), where he held leadership positions in Europe and the U.S. He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering, M.S. in Physics and Nuclear Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from UConn.

Joe Luciani

Joseph Luciani
Project Manager

Bio

Joe Luciani is Director of Proof of Concept Center (POCC) and Project Specialist for UConn’s Tech Park. His area of expertise is design and prototype creation for product development. Luciani is interested in the overlap and creative use of digital design and analog + digital fabrication methods, providing innovative solutions to both the design experience and the expression of craft.

Board of Directors

Gwendolyn Thames

Glendowlyn Thames

Bio

Glen manages CI’s Small Business Innovation Group, which includes the management of CTNext. In this role, Glen oversees vital programs that support the state’s small technology businesses and encourage innovation, collaboration and commercialization.

Prior to her current role, Glen was a special assistant to CEO Claire Leonardi, where she led a wide range of projects spanning board relations, new program development and operations. She has extensive experience managing high-priority projects and major initiatives including nearly 10 years of experience in high-level public administration roles and served as the special assistant to the superintendent of Hartford Public Schools. Prior to that, she was director of constituent services for the City of Hartford, where she managed citizen relations and worked on a variety of community and economic development projects.

Mike Accorsi

Michael Accorsi

Bio

In his capacity as Senior Associate Dean for the School of Engineering, Dr. Accorsi works extensively with federal and state agencies, industry and UConn administration and faculty to assist in management and facilitation of major research projects and industry partnerships within the School. In the past three years, he has been actively involved in the establishment of multiple research centers at UConn. In his role as Director of the DHS National Transportation Security Center of Excellence, Dr. Accorsi was responsible for managing and building the educational, research and engagement activities of the center. Dr. Accorsi’s research expertise is in the area of computational mechanics and he has performed numerous projects with many federal agencies including DHS, ONR, ARO, AFOSR, and NASA.
David Noble

David Noble

Bio

David Noble is Assistant Professor in Residence in the School of Business at UConn where he researches and teaches entrepreneurship and strategy. David serves as the director of Xcite: the Conference for Women in Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and also participates as a judge and mentor in the UCONN InnovationQuest program.

Prior to UConn, David was a securities and corporate finance attorney, with experience representing startups from the formation through IPO process. He has extensive non-profit board experience. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama, a J.D. from the University of Miami, an M.B.A. from the Elon University, and B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Steven Suib

Steven L. Suib

Bio

Steven Suib is the Director of the Institute of Materials Science and a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut.  IMS research involves the synthesis by molecular design of environmentally friendly catalysts, surfaces, ceramics, adhesives and other materials, as well as characterization of the structural, surface, bulk, optical, magnetic, electronic, morphologic and thermal properties of these materials, is also a vital part of this work. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic studies of porous transition metal oxide materials is being pursued. Redox catalytic cycles can be developed based on changes in oxidation states of these materials. Some of the catalytic reactions include activation of CO2, water splitting, selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, gas oil cracking, Fischer Tropsch, biomass conversion, and others. Microwave heating is being used to make novel nano-size materials as well as to drive catalytic reactions. Other applications include adsorption, sensors, and battery materials. All of this work involves new ways to make materials and carry out applications in an environmentally sound manner.