44 Portland Street, 
Worcester, MA 01610

Joseph Bush PhD

Executive Director

Joe joined the Institute for Energy and Sustainability in July 2015, founding WCTI in January 2016. He has been both a technical and social entrepreneur in cleantech since 2013. Prior to his current role he was Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at the Bronx Community College and co-founder of Illium Technologies, a bio-based industrial solvent company. Before focusing on cleantech, he developed novel instrumentation combining nano-technology and mass spectrometry to create a new paradigm of analytical sensitivity, while enabling significant cost reductions in capital equipment.

His passion is working at the interface of technology, market assessment, team building, and resource development. He strives to minimize perceived barriers to success and build strong alignment of incentives across organizations. His strong technical background and keen ability to reveal underlying market dynamics have made him a sought after advisor to startups and established firms looking to enable innovation driven growth. Joe provides direct, actionable insight to clients. Driven by a desire to create globally conscious economic impact. Companies and founders come to Joe for help cutting through barriers and positioning strategic resources to catalyze growth.

He holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Brown University. Joe is also serving as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Worcester Clean Energy Cooperative, whose mission is to develop and own clean, renewable energy production assets for the mutual benefit of it’s members. He was awarded the Worcester Business Journal 40-under-40 award and received an official citation from the Massachusetts State Senate for his economic development work in founding the Worcester CleanTech Incubator. Joe continues to drive the growth of the Central Massachusetts entrepreneurial community though word of mouth, seminars, and participating as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Accelerator programs across the state.

He is the proud husband of Daniella Wittern Bush, who holds a PhD in Literature and Performance and currently teaches mindfulness and yoga for both private and corporate clients. They are raising two sons and live in the town of Paxton Massachusetts. He enjoys woodworking, building electronics and playing music. 


Joe Vignaly

Volunteer, Director of Programing

Joe founded Business Strategy Consulting Partners to help technology companies take their solutions to market by providing insights and guidance on strategy, sales and marketing topics.  Joe leverages his 30+ years of experience in leadership roles in marketing, strategy and business development for startups and multinational corporations. His operational experience includes successfully leading several "intrapreneurial" ventures driving over $30 million in annual revenue.

He is also Chairman of The Venture Forum, a volunteer based non-profit group that provides education and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. Joe is a member of WPI's Technical Advisor Network (TAN); and a member of the Boynton Angels investment group. Joe has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from WPI and an MBA from Babson College.