Stony Brook University
Stony Brook Innovation Center Technology Startup Mentors
These mentors are serial entrepreneurs in the technology field who want to help startups. Contact a mentor directly only if there is an email provided. Otherwise contact

David HamiltonDavid Hamilton
Mr. Hamilton is currently the Director of Business Development for the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP). He brings strong capabilities to CEBIP through his education and extensive work experiences. His education includes a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University. The background and experience he brings are in business development, commercialization of engineering technologies, marketing and sales, with a focus in clean energy technologies. He also brings an understanding of the cultural needs, and ability to communicate well with, early stage entrepreneurs in the clean energy arena. Importantly, Mr. Hamilton brings an outstanding track record in the energy industry to CEBIP.

Mr. Hamilton started his professional career with the Long Island Lighting Company managing independent power producers on Long Island. From there, he has been involved in the design, development and implementation of Sirius Satellite Radio's terrestrial transmitters, developing sales and marketing plans for aerospace and IT companies, managed the sales and operation of hydrogen fuel cells for Plug Power, and most recently was responsible for the commercial sales and marketing of solar power for EmPower Solar, a leading Long Island turnkey solar provider.

Through it all, he has never lost his focus on alternative power and the need to change the energy paradigm in the United States, and more specifically on Long Island, and is looking forward to bringing clean energy companies into the forefront of Long Island's energy consciousness.
Connie ClearyConnie M. Cleary, DPM CLP
As Manager of the Office of Technology Commercialization & Partnerships, Connie is leading the identification, management and commercialization of an extensive portfolio of emerging technologies in the life and physical sciences ranging from biosciences to those in basic energy, materials, high performance computing and software.

 Before coming to BNL, Cleary was Interim Manager of Industry Partnership Development and a Business Development Executive at Argonne National Laboratory where in addition to overseeing a portfolio, she provided direction and supervision to a team of licensing executives.

Prior to her service at ANL, she was the Associate Director of the technology transfer offices at Rush University Medical Center and the University of Illinois, Chicago(UIC), where she created a strategy for licensing technologies with start-ups, small and large companies and interacted with VC’s and other external entities.As a licensing professional,

Cleary has handled various portfolios spanning the life and physical sciences including: therapeutics; drug delivery and devices; research tools and reagents; dental devices; software; educational and copy-written materials; energy storage technologies including lithium ion batteries; and imaging technologies.

Connie has served on several committees of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) including LES membership and as the Local Chapter Chair of the Chicago Chapter.

Dr. Cleary is currently serving on the advisory board of CEBIP at SBU and has also served on the Advisory Board of The Center for Advanced Design, Research, and Exploration (CADRE) which promotes successful multidisciplinary research at UIC by providing proposal development and project management expertise for complex research initiatives.
Philip PalmedoPhilip F. Palmedo
Philip Palmedo has had careers in physics, entrepreneurship, corporate management and finance. After working at Brookhaven Lab , Mr. Palmedo founded and was Chairman of the International Resources Group (IRG), an international consultancy in energy, natural resources and economic development, until its sale in 2008. Mr. Palmedo designed and was the first President of the Long Island Research Institute formed by Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Stony Brook University to facilitate the commercialization of technologies.

In 1988 Mr. Palmedo joined in the formation of Kepler Financial Management, Ltd., a quantitative financial research and trading company. He was President and Managing Director until 1991 when Renaissance Technologies Corporation acquired the company. He has a PhD from MIT.
Yun ZhangYun Zhang
Yun Zhang, CEO and Founder of Mobileware Inc., has more than 18 years of experience in application development, and has successfully developed products from idea stage to commercialization. Recognizing the mobile computing revolution in 2007, Yun published one of the first 800 apps when the iTunes App Store launched in 2008. His companies have sold millions of copies of apps worldwide, got featured in TV commercials and received awards.

Prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur, Yun has worked for major financial companies for over 12 years and helped create and manage in house application systems. Yun holds a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In his spare time, Yun is an avid investor.
Amal ChaudhuriAmal Chaudhuri
Amal Chaudhuri is a co-founder and Executive Chairman of TraqFast, a software startup which automates the collection and delivery of operating and financial metrics to entrepreneurs and the leaders of small to mid-size businesses. Enabling these businesses to have access to the same insights available at much higher costs to Fortune 50 leaders.

Amal is also the Chief Technology Officer for BondFactor, a municipal bond insurance startup, using a patented financial capital structure to radically change the risk and return profile of the bond insurance market.
Marc AlessiMarc Alessi
Marc Alessi, CEO and Co-Founder of SynchroPET, an innovative Biomedical Device Company, heralding revolutionary advances in Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

Marc has initiated three investment programs with the Angel Network and has helped add to the revitalization of the organization. A former New York State Legislator, Marc spear-headed legislation for entrepreneurial development & technology innovation.

Stony Brook University Innovation Center, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3775

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