March 2010

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Brad Bogolea

Brad Bogolea is a 2006 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he studied Computer Science, Engineering Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship. While at Penn State, Brad co-founded i-conserve, LLC, with a mission to making it easy for people to conserve energy, help the environment, and save money. In November 2007, i-conserve was acquired by Greenbox Technology, Inc., a start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area founded by the original creators of the Flash multimedia application. Greenbox went on to develop a web-based Energy Management platform for the home until September 2009, when Silver Spring Networks, a leading provider of Smart Grid solutions, acquired Greenbox. At Silver Spring, Brad now leads product management for the CustomerIQ Web Portal product line (evolution of Greenbox), which connects utilities and their customers via the web.

Ben Rubin

Ben Rubin is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Zeo, a technology startup that has created the world’s first personal sleep coach. As a technologist Ben is constantly exploring the way measuring our bodies can improve quality of life. Ben holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Brown University, where he co-founded Zeo in 2003.

The generation of new energy

Where do new ideas, innovations and inventions come from?

Look no further than college students. In its March issue, Inventors Digest celebrates collegiate innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of alternative energy. We're happy to see eight NCIIA-funded E-Teams highlighted in the feature!

Join us in San Francisco later this month for March Madness for the Mind, our annual showcase of student innovation. The public exhibition will be at the Exploratorium on Saturday, March 27, 10am-2pm.

Vote today!
For the first time, the student teams participating in the 2010 March Madness for the Mind exhibition have created short videos that tell the story of their innovation. See the videos on the Inventors Digest website. Watch them all and vote for your favorite team! The winning team will be announced on Saturday, March 27, and will be awarded $800.


Ronald Bucinell

Ronald Bucinell is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Union College. He served as Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from September 2005 until June 2008. Since joining Union College in September of 1993, he has taught courses and laboratories in engineering mechanics, design, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Bucinell is currently director of the International Virtual Design Studio project, run in collaboration with the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; Altim University in Ankara, Turkey; and ESIGELEC in Rouen, France. He also founded the Union College chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). He regularly works with small businesses to develop their materials technology and is the founder of the Upstate New York Composite Manufacturers Forum (UNYCMF). Dr. Bucinell also supported the formation of the Watervliet Innovation Center (WIC), a technology-based business accelerator, and currently serves on their Board of Advisors. Prior to joining Union College, he worked in the aerospace industry for ten years.

Sandy Miller

Sandra Miller, a Director at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is charged with developing programs to catalyze entrepreneurs of high-growth, scalable businesses. The first of such programs is the Kauffman Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellowship program, (see, which educates and trains scientist-founders who will create the high-growth technology companies of tomorrow. Sandra joined the Kauffman Foundation after thirteen years at Stanford, where she had a major role in the formation of the Stanford Biodesign Program—a landmark educational program training the next generation of biomedical technology leaders. As Managing Director of Biodesign, Sandra counseled numerous Stanford inventors on issues such as technology licensing, new company and founding team formation, fundraising strategy, and university policies (consulting, intellectual property ownership, conflict of interest). More recently, Sandra was the Program Director for the Stanford Bioengineering Department’s Translational Research Partnership Award from the Wallace Coulter Foundation.

Global health technology course at MIT yields new women's health company


Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health Practice is an NCIIA-funded course at MIT. Several E-Teams have formed in the class, including the SHE team – Sustainable Health Enterprises. The team has recently launched a self-titled company. SHE addresses women's lack of access to affordable, eco-friendly, sanitary products and services by helping local women in developing countries jump-start their own businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable, quality, and eco-friendly products.

“Starting and managing a course of this nature is a significant commitment,” says course instructor Jeffrey Blander about the course that inspired the new company, “The funding from NCIIA was extremely helpful and without it we would not have been able to get this off the ground.” SHE is currently working in Rwanda because of its urgent need for access to sanitary products and its existing well-established networks for women.

Learn more about the course or visit SHE's website.