WCTI’s mission is to foster the growth of new enterprises to address the most pressing issues of our time. We believe that entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of innovation and the key to society’s transition towards sustainability. WCTI provides both the physical and network resources companies need to propel their ideas to market.
Founded and operated by the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, we are a community in the heart of central Massachusetts dedicated to building change. The WCTI facility, located in the Printers Building at 44 Portland Street in Worcester, provides over 10,000 square feet that offers private offices, co-working space, conference rooms, event space, and prototyping labs.
The Worcester CleanTech Incubator is owned and operated by the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
a place where entrepreneurs can transform a green technology idea into a product that helps combat global climate change
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Joseph Bush, PhD, Executive Director
Dr. Joseph Bush is a scientist, manager, and entrepreneur who is passionate about leveraging technology to improve our standard of living, while bringing our ecological impact inline with regional and global carrying capacities.
A Massachusetts native, Dr. Bush completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 at WPI. He then completed his PhD in 2010 at Brown University in Physical Chemistry developing spectroscopic techniques for the determination of the folding structure of biomolecules under Professor Peter Weber. This led him to post-doctoral work in Brown’s Physics Department with Professor Derek Stein, during which Dr. Bush constructed a nano-pore based ion source mass spectrometer for single-molecule DNA sequencing. This work was initially funded by the NHGRI $1000 Genome initiative and subsequently licensed by Oxford Nanopore. At the same time, Dr. Bush served as a technology consultant for the Brown Technology Transfer Office.
Most recently, Dr. Bush served as the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) at the Bronx Community College of CUNY. There, Dr. Bush developed curricula around energy infrastructure, sustainability science and life cycle assessment, while raising money for and coordinating an IREC accredited solar energy workforce training program. His endeavors at the CSE also included mentoring student research projects–modeling building efficiency and developing and deploying remote sensing of urban microclimates. During this time he also served as the Entrepreneurial Lead for an NSF I-Corps team, which has subsequently built the company, Illium Technologies, for the commercialization of lignin based ionic liquids.
Joe is eager to help fellow entrepreneurs as well as established businesses grow the regional green economy
Rūta Sakalauskaite, Program Fellow
Ruta is a PhD candidate in Economics from Vilnius University, Lithuania. She has a solid professional experience in analytical work. Ruta has worked in Statistics Lithuania, National Accounts Division dealing with critical macroeconomic activities comprising of the assessment and analysis of fixed assets and intellectual property products as well internationally acknowledged methodological issues.
Bo Pierce, Marketing and Operations Fellow
A scientific background and knowledge of organizational design push Bo to analyze problems critically. He is also a budding entrepreneur and innovator.
Bo is a recent graduate from WPI with a BS in Biochemistry and an MS in Management. Combining scientific research with management, he found a passion for operational excellence. He has worked with scientific research groups and manufacturers to maximize efficiency using lean processes. Working as a project manager for software developers exposed him to the world of marketing. He has developed marketing strategies for everything from apps to events.
Most recently, Bo has co-founded The Hum, a digital media company tailored to young entrepreneurs. The produce a daily email, encouraging millennials to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at thehum.co
Board of Directors
Vice-President for Community Engagement
Quinsigamond Community College
Dale Allen has served at Quinsigamond Community College as Vice President for Community Engagement since 2008. Key to his position is a mix of responsibilities for seeking market driven opportunities for future QCC satellite locations, as well as relationship building between the Colleges and area businesses, corporations, organizations, and the shared community.
Allen also oversees the QCC Foundation, grants development, the QCC Training and Education Center, and alumni divisions of the College. In 2009, Allen lead the collaborative effort to open the College’s new satellite location in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He continues to focus on strategic partnerships that enhance the mission of Quinsigamond and address higher education and workforce development needs throughout Worcester County.
Having worked in higher education for over 15 years, Mr. Allen specializes in advancing connections between colleges and the various communities with which they interact – schools, other colleges, non-profits, businesses, elected officials, and neighborhoods. Before arriving at QCC, he served as the Director of Institutional Strategy at the Cecil Group, and at Springfield College as the Director of Community Relations. He has served on numerous boards in western and central Massachusetts and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Community Action Council and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.
With degrees from Cambridge University and UCLA, Dr. David P. Angel joined the Clark University faculty in September 1987. His background and training are in economic geography, focusing upon issues of industrial restructuring, technological change and the environment. Asia. His current work focuses on global economic change and the environment with a particular focus on rapidly industrializing economies in Asia. Dr. Angel is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has consulted widely for public and private organizations around the world. Recent books include: Asia’s Clean Revolution: Industry, Growth and the Environment (with Michael T. Rock, 2000, Greenleaf Publishers), Effective Environmental Regulation: Learning form Poland’s Experience (with Halina Brown and Patrick Derr, 2000, Praeger Press) and Industrial Development in the Developing World (with Michael T. Rock, 2005, Oxford University Press). Dr. Angel also holds the Laskoff Professorship in Economics, Technology and the Environment.
Columbia Tech, Cogmedix and The Coghlin Companies
Coghlin Companies is a 130+year young, time to market company that offers a significant breadth and depth of experience in Engineering, Prototyping and Contract Manufacturing. The Coghlin Companies Inc. consist of (2) two distinct business units (Columbia Tech) and (Cogmedix). Our talented team of manufacturing specialist and design engineers work together seamlessly to bring clients products from concept to commercially scalable production. Our mission is to help innovators become market leaders on their journey from concept to commercialization!
Bowditch & Dewey
Bob Cox counsels clients on environmental compliance and enforcement actions. He represents clients with respect to water, air, hazardous waste, and solid waste matters before the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and local regulatory boards. He has significant experience in NPDES water permitting, including appeals of NPDES permits to the Environmental Appeals Board, as well as administrative appeals and hearings on MassDEP issued permits. He defends claims and actions brought by government environmental enforcement agencies.
He also represents clients in cost recovery claims and private party litigation under Chapter 21E and CERCLA in state and federal courts. He regularly advises clients on brownfields development activities and on strategies to limit or shift environmental liability risks in connection with real estate or business transfers.
Bob is recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice Area of Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental, since 2004, he has been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Vice-President for Government, Community Affairs & Campus Services
Mr. Foley has served as Executive Assistant to the President at Clark since 1994. In that position he has supported the University’s commitments to maintain the vitality of student community engagement and to upgrade extracurricular activities on campus. In 1999, Foley was elected to the Worcester School Committee. He is a longtime champion of the Worcester community and has worked tirelessly in developing the University Park Partnership (UPP). He currently serves as treasurer and Board member for the Main South CDC and has spoken widely on university-community collaborations. Foley helped plan the University Park Campus School, a Worcester public secondary school, formed in partnership between the Worcester Public Schools and Clark University that opened in 1997 and has received national acclaim for its success. Foley is currently serving on the boards of the Seven Hills Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Worcester, the Worcester Community Action Council, the Webster Square Business Association, and the Dartmouth College Alumni Association of Central Massachusetts.
Data Insight Systems, Inc.
Larry is a serial entrepreneur with domain expertise in data analytics and IoT systems. Having built several companies form ideation through raising capital to exit, he brings a wealth of experience with a willingness to dig in and provide significant guidance to startups.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Strategy
The Coghlin Companies
Bill brings in-depth understanding of business development and the innovation pipeline. His work at The Coghlin companies leverages deep connections in the region’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem. The Coghlin Companies provide total turnkey manufacturing, engineering and global fulfillment services for technology products for the medical device, semiconductor, military, homeland security, alternative energy, telecom, packaging, data storage, wireless, and high speed automation markets.
Assistant Vice-President for Government & Community Relations
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Looft serves as senior liaison to federal, state, and local officials for the university’s academic and research communities. In this capacity, she works closely with government agencies to obtain research funding in areas of strategic importance to WPI. Over the past five years, she has brought in more than $15 million in grants to the university. Most recently, she helped secure an additional $1 million in federal funding for the Center for Untethered Healthcare, part of the WPI Bioengineering Institute (BEI). She also manages advocacy for the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI and oversees many of WPI’s high-profile events, including major conferences, VIP visits, and international events-on and off campus.
In addition, she has helped secure federal, state, and local funding for the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, a state-of-the-art research facility under construction in Worcester’s Gateway Park, as well as the Precision Indoor Personnel Location System and transportation research.
Owner and President
Coghlin Electrical Contractors
Sue Mailman is the Owner and President of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc and Coghlin Network Services, Inc. in Worcester, Massachusetts. The companies provide electrical contracting and networking services primarily in New England. Sue came to work for the family business in 1985. She received her MBA from Northeastern University. Coghlin’s is a fourth generation family owned business and WBE certified.
Serving as the Central Massachusetts Chapter President of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), she is a management representative for IBEW Local 96 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC). Sue serves as a Council Member on the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Council and serves as a member of the board of the Associated Subcontractors of Central Massachusetts. Sue was recently honored to join the New England Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Sue believes in the sponsorship of the city of Worcester, as noted in her community commitments. In addition Sue serves on the boards of the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Worcester Business Development Corporation.
President and CEO
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Tim Murray served as the 71st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2013, when he resigned to become the head of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce. Murray previously served on the Worcester City Council from 1998 to 2001 and as the Mayor of Worcester from 2002 to 2007. As mayor, Murray promoted brownfields redevelopment, expanded commuter rail service and economic development. Through public advocacy, he helped to launch the largest downtown redevelopment project in the city’s recent history, known as the City Square project, which involved redevelopment of a failed shopping mall on some 20 prime acres in the core of downtown Worcester.
Murray has also served on the boards of the Worcester Public Library, Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester Community Action Council, the Worcester Working Coalition for Latino Students and Preservation Worcester. Murray was also the Chairman of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council, working to stress the importance of these areas of education to compete in the global marketplace. As Chairman of the STEM Council, Murray worked to provide students with real world experience in STEM using public-private partnerships.
Tim and his wife, Tammy (Sullivan) are both Worcester natives, where they continue to live with their two daughters, Helen and Katerine.
Conover + Gould Strategy Group
Lydia Pastuszek has extensive corporate, small business, public sector and higher education experience in energy policy, marketing, housing development, and operations. She has long held an interest in using data and analysis to support public policy and corporate decision making. In addition to consulting in the energy and environmental strategy and communications field with Conover + Gould, she currently is the CEO of William J. Pastuszek Real Estate LLC in Pennsylvania, managing residential, commercial and light industrial property. Prior to that she worked for Clark University in Marketing and Corporate Affairs and spent 25 years of her career in various positions at National Grid USA, ending as Senior VP of Human Resources. Prior to that, she served in several different capacities for National Grid/N.E. Electric, including launching the very first Energy Conservation programs in the mid 1980’s. Before coming to National Grid, Pastuszek held various staff positions in several levels of government. Conover + Gould Strategy Group provides a wide range of services for public and private sector and non-profit clients, including stakeholder management, public education, community relations, media relations, strategic communications planning, social media, websites and collateral material development.
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)
Jon Weaver is the Chief Operating Officer of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI). MBI manages over 30,000 SF of incubator space for startup biomedical and life science companies in Worcester, MA. Prior to joining MBI, Jon spent seven years working in real estate asset management, acquisitions, and project development. Most recently, Jon worked as Vice President, Real Estate at MassDevelopment and as Senior Project Manager at the Worcester Business Development Corporation.
Vice President of Energy Products
Ed White is VP of Energy Products in the Customer Energy Solutions group at National Grid. Edward’s team provides product expertise, ensures regulatory coordination and develops new products and alliances. Prior to his current role, Edward successfully led a team that developed the company’s largest distributed solar installation project and was also the U.S. lead on developing National Grid’s Energy Management Strategy. Edward has been with National Grid for more than 15 years working with a number of teams, including Electric Operations, Environmental Compliance, and Transmission Licensing and Permitting. Edward earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in 1996. He also completed Cambridge University’s Program for Sustainability Leadership in 2008.
Managing Director of Investments
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Tibor has over 25 years of M&A, corporate finance and investment experience, primarily through private equity and venture capital investment experience. He has completed over 30 transactions with aggregated values of over $1 billion.
Tibor is currently the Managing Director of Investments at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, making venture investments in promising early and growth-stage Massachusetts companies broadly across the clean energy value chain. Tibor has focused in the clean energy sector since early 2010, when he joined a clean energy company as its CFO. Previously, Tibor had 17 years of investment management experience in private equity and venture capital, with Babson Capital, Ascent Venture Partners, Lee Capital and Berkshire Partners.
Julian is a 5th generation small business owner dedicated to inspiring art and collaboration. Since it’s construction in 1922 to house seven printing companies, the Printers Building has been a place for cooperative enterprise. Julian’s support through the Davis Printers Building provides an anchor for many of Worcester’s finest cultural resources, including WCTI.