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 in line 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
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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.
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.