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Connecticut Students to be Awarded Gerber Medal of Excellence
Rocky Hill, CT — Three outstanding young Connecticut scientists will be awarded the H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence at the 41st Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) on May 24, 2016 at the University of New Haven’s Beckerman Recreation Center in West Haven.
The award, created by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and presented in partnership with Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), is in recognition of H. Joseph Gerber’s (1924-1996) technical leadership in inventing, developing and commercializing manufacturing automation systems for a wide variety of industries, making those industries more efficient and cost-effective in a worldwide competitive environment.
“The Academy is grateful to CCAT for continuing to support the H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence which recognizes three of Connecticut’s top high school student scientists and engineers,” said CASE President Sandra Weller. “The Gerber Medal celebrates their remarkable achievements and honors the memory of the inventor, entrepreneur and CASE member for whom they are named.”
Gerber, the founder, chief executive officer, chairman of the board and president of South Windsor-based Gerber Scientific, Inc., was a leader for nearly half a century in inventing and producing factory automation equipment designed to solve global manufacturing problems.
An elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Gerber received the National Medal of Technology in 1994 followed by the Connecticut Medal of Technology in 1995.
The recipients of this year’s H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence are top winners of the 2016 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair. They are: Aakshi Agarwal of Hamden High School (1st Place, Life Sciences – Senior Division); Christopher Popham of Greenwich High School (1st Place, Physical Sciences – Senior Division); and Maya Geradi of Wilbur Cross High School (High School Winner – Urban School Challenge).
Agarwal’s winning Science Fair project was entitled, “CRISPR Based Gene Editing Confers Resistance to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)” and Popham’s award was for, “Increased Charge Rate and Capacity for Olivine Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Efficient, Upcycled Nanoscale Electrodes.” Geradi won for her project, “Exploring Conditions for Struvite Precipitation and Crystal Growth.”
CCAT sponsors the award as part of its goal to strengthen the quality of high school STEM education.
“CCAT is proud to sponsor the Gerber Medal of Excellence to recognize the creativity and ingenuity of Connecticut’s young scientists,” said Elliot Ginsberg, CCAT’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Through the Gerber Medal award, we continue to promote the importance of innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Connecticut.”
Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair to Connect Area Manufacturers with Qualified Talent
State Senator Steve Cassano is partnering with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and Capital Workforce Partners to host an Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair on May 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Army Navy Club, 1090 Main Street, Manchester, Conn.
According to the National Association of Manufacturers, Connecticut manufacturers account for 11.17 percent of the total output in the state, employing 9.71 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $27.83 billion in 2013. In addition, there were 164,200 manufacturing employees in Connecticut in 2014, with an average annual compensation of $95,671 in 2013.
"These are the types of long-term, well-paying jobs that have historically been the backbone of Connecticut's economy, and that is why we are seeking to increase the manufacturing workforce here in the state,” says state Senator Stephen Cassano (D-Manchester).
There has been an uptick in manufacturing in the state in the last 8-10 months for work making jet engine components, gear parts, medical equipment and the like, and according to Patrick Flaherty, an economist at the Department of Labor, “that uptick could stick around.”
Connecticut manufacturers exported more than $15.94 billion in goods throughout the world in 2014 and 43% of those exports were related to aerospace.
“A significant portion of aerospace manufacturing takes place in North Central Connecticut,” says Elliot Ginsberg, President and CEO of CCAT. “To help ensure the region’s security and growth, we need to do more to promote programs that connect businesses with the people who are seeking career opportunities.”
“We need to get out in front of this forward momentum,” says Tom Phillips, President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. “This momentum will only continue if production doesn’t slow down as a result of an inability to secure qualified workers. This career fair, and a myriad of training initiatives available are key to continued growth.”
Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact: Lynn Raicik at CCAT at 860-282-4297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job seekers should bring 20 copies of their resume.
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Small Business Week 2016 Packed with Events
Events and webinars sponsored by NEESC, the CT Small Business Development Center and the CT Technology Center highlight a week-long celebration of small businesses as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Week May 2-6.
The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CSBDC), and the Connecticut Technology Center (CTC) will be hosting a series of events in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Week. The activities will run May 2-6.
Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Connecticut’s support of Small Business Week will feature networking receptions, a panel discussion on accessing financing, and webinars focusing on: patents, trademarks, and copyright; cyber security; and branding.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of all Americans either own or work for small businesses, which create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
“The impact of small businesses on the fuel cell industry is immense. Almost all of the 1,100 supply chain companies served by NEESC across the region are small businesses,” stated Joel Rinebold, director of energy, CCAT. “The sector generates more than 6,550 jobs and contributes nearly $1.4 billion in revenue and investment.”
“The Small Business Week events we are offering in partnership with the Connecticut SBDC and the Connecticut Technology Council are designed to help these innovative businesses succeed and grow,” said Rinebold.
Starting and sustaining a small business is a challenge. SBA data shows that although 78 percent of small businesses succeed in the first year, only about half last five years.
The events planned during Small Business Week are designed to provide businesses with the support needed to help them thrive and succeed. The networking and webinar sessions offer insight on financing decisions, growth and security that is useful to both startups and established small businesses.
"It is necessary to take a full week to focus on the importance and relevance of small business. By adding these events to the week, we not only celebrate but we can offer beneficial information to small business owners throughout the state,” said Emily Carter, CSBDC state director.
“Small businesses are the work horses of Connecticut’s economy. CTC’s goal is to help these businesses innovate and grow. Events like the Small Business Week give us an opportunity to share our innovative programs that assist small business owners in achieving their goal of thriving in CT,” said Bruce Carlson, president & CEO, Connecticut Technology Council Inc.
For a full schedule of events, go to: Small Business Week in CT
The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster is a network of industry, academic, government and non-governmental leaders working together to provide energy storage solutions. The cluster is focused on the innovative development, production, promotion and deployment of hydrogen fuels and fuel cells to meet the pressing demand for energy storage solutions. The cluster is based in New York, New Jersey, and the New England States, and is funded through the US Small Business Administration’s Innovative Economies Initiative. NEESC is administered by CCAT.
About the Connecticut Technology Council
The Connecticut Technology Council is the state’s industry association for the technology sector. CTC’s mission is to connect people, ideas and opportunities to the global technology and innovation community. CTC provides members with business assistance and specialized programs, in addition to promoting and supporting public policies that position Connecticut to have a globally recognized “culture of innovation” that helps attract great ideas and entrepreneurs to in-turn develop new jobs and wealth for the state.
About The Connecticut Small Business Development Center
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides no-cost, confidential business advising services to small business owners and entrepreneurs in every stage of business development and growth in the state of Connecticut. CTSBDC business advisors are prepared to assist with a range of business issues including access to capital and loan preparation. For more information, visit GrowCT.com.
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CT Dream It. Do It. Event Endorsed As National Best Practice for Attracting Young Women to Manufacturing Careers
Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), announced that it’s Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit has been endorsed by the National Manufacturing Association’s Manufacturing Institute as a national best practice for attracting young women to future manufacturing careers.
Created by Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. and co-hosted with Dream It. Do It. Rhode Island, the 2015 Summit was the first such event to be presented jointly by two Dream It. Do It. sites. More than 150 students from Connecticut and Rhode Island schools attended.
“Despite the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S., women continue to be significantly underrepresented in the industry,” said Susan Palisano, CCAT director of education and workforce development. “Women make up only 27% of the manufacturing labor force, and are earning only 20% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field bachelor’s degrees.”
To enable the national Dream It. Do It. sites around the country to replicate the event, Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. created a how-to toolkit that explains the strategy behind the event and covers the details that go into leading a successful summit.
The Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit blueprint has two clear mandates: to change the perception of women in manufacturing through positive role models; and to increase the number of girls entering the STEM pipeline.
The event involves successful businesswomen and educators in manufacturing, exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, student and teacher workshops, a "Women in Manufacturing" roundtable, and company tours.
After attending the event, 80 percent of students surveyed reported that they were more interested in a manufacturing career, 81 percent wanted to learn more about manufacturing, and 98 percent found the experience a positive one. Hearing from female industry leaders proved valuable, as one student remarked, “I liked that the women speaking were important and higher up in their companies.”
According to teacher comments, the educator workshops provided insight into manufacturing opportunities for young women and practical classroom techniques that they can use. Said one teacher, “I feel we as educators are better equipped to promote careers in the manufacturing industry to our female students."
Another teacher noted that, “engaging with panel members was both informative and enjoyable. I was impressed with their willingness to help young girls become involved in manufacturing.”
"Making It Real gives young girls an opportunity to learn about 21st century manufacturing directly from successful manufacturing women. The program is essential in helping today’s manufacturing leaders recruit the next generation of talent,” said Nicholas D’Antonio, program manager, The Manufacturing Institute.
Northeast Region’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry To Be Showcased at 2016 World’s Leading Industrial Tech Show
The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster, led by CCAT, is partnering with the state DECD to feature the region’s hydrogen and fuel cell capabilities at Hannover Messe 2016, the leading international trade show for industrial technology innovations.
The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), is partnering with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to showcase the region’s hydrogen and fuel cell capabilities at Hannover Messe 2016, the leading international trade show for industrial technology innovations. The event runs April 25-29 in Hannover, Germany.
This year, the United States will be the partner country for the show, which will draw 5,000 exhibitors from 70 countries.
President Barack Obama will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the fair’s official opening ceremony on Sunday, April 24, and again on Monday, April 25 for the traditional opening tour of the fair.
Participants from the Northeast region’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry will include Precision Combustion, Inc., Dexmet Corporation, US FuelCell, Advent Technologies, Giner Inc., Engineered Fibers Technology, LLC, Mott Corporation, and Novorocs Technologies, LLC. The event provides energy companies in the region with an exceptional venue for reaching the global market.
“This is a great opportunity for us to make new connections and expand our business to an international market,” said Tony Anderson, director, marketing and business development, Precision Combustion, Inc. “Our experience at this show the last few years has been excellent. We are delighted to participate again this year when the U.S. is the partner country.”
The exhibit is made possible in part with funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) , DECD, and NEESC. The Connecticut STEP program provides grants for eligible Connecticut small businesses to increase international sales and exports by spurring participation in export opportunities.
“Last year, the SBA surpassed our record for trade finance, supporting $3.3 billion in export sales. I believe we can do even more to help our small businesses reach the 95 percent of consumers who live outside our borders," said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. "Small businesses are increasingly engaging in the ever evolving global market place. Through our STEP awards, states can transform more small businesses to become exporters and expand their export sales. In the process, these small businesses will create jobs and strengthen their communities.”
Nearly 60 percent of the U.S. companies participating in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Fair part of the show are from the Northeast region.
“The exhibit at Hannover Messe is the result of a strong collaboration between the SBA, NEESC, DECD and industry partners,” stated Joel Rinebold, director, energy initiative, CCAT. “By exhibiting at this major international event, we are helping hydrogen and fuel cell companies reach new markets, increase revenues, and boost the regional economy.”
The Northeast is home to world leaders in the research, design, and manufacture of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The industry supply chain includes over 1,200 companies involved in the manufacture, development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell products. In 2015, the hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain had a significant economic impact, contributing nearly $1.4 billion and more than 6,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs.
Economic Study Reveals Growth of Northeast Region’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry
The Northeast region’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry is demonstrating growth according to an independent economic study commissioned by the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster.
The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster, administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), recently commissioned an independent IMPLAN economic analysis of the region’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry.
The study’s findings suggest that the hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the Northeast region experienced growth over the last four years based on several factors such as employment, revenue and investment, labor income, and state and local tax revenue.
In 2015, the hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain had a significant bearing on the region’s economy, contributing nearly $1.4 billion in revenue and investment, more than 6,550 direct, indirect and induced jobs, and labor income of approximately $620 million. The study also reported that 2015 state and local tax revenues stemming from the Northeast region’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry were in excess of $83 million.
Several key companies in the Northeast region experienced growth in either employment or investment and revenue, including FuelCell Energy, Proton Onsite, and Plug Power.
Underscoring the strength of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the region is Doosan Fuel Cell America, the newest addition to Doosan’s global industrial and energy-related businesses. The Connecticut-based company has increased its employee base from 30 to more than 300 since its founding in 2014.
“We were very pleased to see growth in the industry here in the Northeast given the competitive nature of the industry and the significant recruitment efforts from other countries,” stated Joel Rinebold, director, energy initiative, CCAT. “The policies and programs in place to support these companies from the individual states and several federal agencies, such as the Small Business Administration and the Department of Energy has really paid off.”
The report highlighted the contribution of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry in three key states in the Northeast, including Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.
Currently, more than 600 Connecticut companies are part of the Northeast supply chain. According to the study, Connecticut’s hydrogen and fuel cell sector realized $726 million in revenue and investment, generated 3,400 direct, indirect and induced jobs plus more than $340 million in labor income, and contributed more than $39 million in state and local tax revenues in 2015.
MORE Projects Deliver Digital Efficiencies for 29 CT Towns
CCAT and the Capitol Region Council of Governments complete 3, start 2 new Nutmeg Network Demonstration Projects.
Sixteen towns have been selected to participate in two new pilot projects to test statewide digital services as part of the Connecticut Municipal Opportunities for Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission’s Nutmeg Network Demonstration Projects. The new pilots are a human resources portal and an electronic document management system.
The demonstration projects are broken into five pilots to show how using the state’s high-speed data fiber Nutmeg Network can impact municipal efficiency and narrow the technology gap that exists between Connecticut towns.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) are leading the projects. CCAT provides direction and guidance in evaluating technologies and vetting the technology readiness of towns.
Under the first three projects, which began in 2015, 17 towns gained accessibility to cost-effective technology for video streaming, voice over the internet phones (VoIP), and IT infrastructure hosting services.
“As a result of the work of the MORE Commission, the Nutmeg Network is helping to set the stage for further cost-saving, regional cooperation among our towns,” said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), who founded the MORE Commission. “Access to the Nutmeg Network gives the tools to our towns that will help them better meet their budget challenges and provide improved services to residents.”
Led by House Chair Jonathan Steinberg (D-136th District) and Senate Chair Tim Larson (D-3rd District), the state MORE Commission continues to ensure funding for the effort that is now entering its second phase.
“The MORE Commission is eager to aid our cities and towns by offering additional broadband-based services via the state’s high-speed Nutmeg Network,” said Steinberg. “We’re seeing success with the initial three demonstration projects and are confident that the two new IT projects will increase efficiencies at municipalities through this collaborative, regional approach.”
“The Nutmeg Network Demonstration Projects are proving how to provide cost-effective digital resources for cities and towns,” said Larson. “With state support, these projects provide a platform that can deliver opportunities for municipalities to increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve financial stability.”
“The cumulative effect of addressing the delivery of these services clearly impacts overall government efficiency and effectiveness,” said CCAT President and CEO Elliot Ginsberg.
The technology systems created and tested under the initial MORE projects are now available to towns and schools across the state. A cloud-based IT platform, created by CCAT and CRCOG for the demonstration projects, will continue to be used for developing and testing new municipal services.
“Towns are pleased with the flexibility in the systems, lower costs and enhancement of services they are experiencing using the technologies and services provided under the first three projects,” said CRCOG Executive Director Lyle D. Wray. “We’re encouraged by the early results and are looking forward to continued success with the next two pilots.”
CCAT, CROCG and the participating towns have already met to initiate the human resources portal and electronic document management pilots. Needs assessments are underway with each of the 16 towns participating in the two new projects.
As with the preliminary projects, services will be implemented by CRCOG, CCAT and a third party vendor. Requests for proposals will be developed to solicit solutions from service providers. CRCOG and the towns will choose the final providers.
CCAT To Provide Full Range of IT Services to Oak Hill
CCAT announces an agreement to provide IT services to Oak Hill, Connecticut’s largest private provider of community-based programs for people with disabilities, with 115 program sites in 55 towns throughout the state.
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), a nonprofit organization headquartered in East Hartford, today announced an agreement to provide comprehensive IT services to Oak Hill, Connecticut’s largest private provider of community-based programs for people with disabilities.
Oak Hill serves more than 40, 000 people through 16 distinct programs in 115 program sites located in 55 towns throughout the state.
Long recognized as a leader in offering cutting-edge services and solutions for people with disabilities, Oak Hill offers a continuum of care for people of all ages – from birth to seniors – including programs for housing, employment training, education, assistive technology, healthy relationships, early intervention, recreation, camping and the arts.
“As we continue to pursue new ways to utilize technology as an integral part of our daily work, we look forward to partnering with CCAT,” said Barry Simon, Oak Hill’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re excited about the redevelopment of our intranet and to identifying new solutions that will help us become more data-driven, streamline our processes, and improve the overall way we do business and deliver our services.”
CCAT currently provides a full range of IT services to hundreds of schools, municipalities, public libraries and other nonprofit organizations in Connecticut and northern Florida.
“We’re pleased to have an opportunity to bring our expertise in working with nonprofit organizations to Oak Hill,” said Dan Salazar, director of IT at CCAT. “Oak Hill provides critically needed programs to individuals and families throughout the state. We’re eager to assist them in enhancing operational efficiencies and implementing IT strategies to improve their productivity system-wide.”
Under the agreement, CCAT will migrate IT operations to cloud-based platforms, consolidate applications, and develop plans for a new intranet to enhance communications within Oak Hill. CCAT will dedicate three full-time, onsite staff to manage services as well as help desk support. In addition, Oak Hill will have access to emergency support after business hours.
Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Expanding as a Global Leader
Participants at the 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition confirm strategies and actions for industry growth and increased market share.
The Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition, administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), reinforced the state’s position as the world leader in the research, development, and manufacture of hydrogen and fuel cell technology at the 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition held Nov. 16-19 in Los Angeles, California. Connecticut is host to two of the largest fuel cell companies in the world.
Connecticut’s strong industry presence also demonstrated the state’s support for the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, which will bolster business recruitment in Connecticut.
"This was a great opportunity for our company to participate in the exhibition,” stated Trent Molter, president and CEO at Sustainable Innovations LLC. “The industry is transitioning more and more from research and development to commercial applications that are cost effective.”
The effort was made possible through a partnership between CCAT, the Connecticut Green Bank and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.
“We have well-established companies and organizations that are working collaboratively to move Connecticut’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry forward,” said Joel Rinebold, director of the energy initiative at CCAT. “Representatives from these organizations are nationally recognized experts in the hydrogen and fuel cell field. This industry is poised to deliver a clean solution to the nation’s energy supply problems that will strengthen economic development with thousands of green jobs.”
The event also featured several meetings on the latest technological and market developments for hydrogen and fuel cell technology. During a plenary session, industry participants confirmed the need to reduce costs and develop strategies to enhance the value for cleaner, more efficient technologies to capture a larger market share. In addition, increased education regarding the advantages of hydrogen and fuel cell technology was cited as critical to industry growth. Participants largely agreed that the primary benefits of the technology included reductions of air emissions, positive economic impact and job growth.
“In talking with many of the industry stakeholders at this year’s conference, it was evident that one of the key drivers to advancing hydrogen and fuel cell technology is being able to get access to low cost capital,” stated Rick Ross, associate director, Statutory and Infrastructure Programs at the Connecticut Green Bank. “The Connecticut Green Bank’s model of using limited public funds to attract larger private capital investment in clean energy is a proven method for achieving this objective. The Green Bank has successfully attracted and invested over $630 million, and is leading the way for several states to follow suit in creating Green Banks.”
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that leads and inspires innovation through state, regional, and national partnerships in advanced manufacturing technology, IT, education, workforce strategies, and energy solutions. To learn more about CCAT, visit www.ccat.us, or follow the company on Twitter - @CCATInc
The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state's lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy. The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education and arts and culture.
About Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank (formerly the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority) was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.