Monthly Archives: September 2012

Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

I am pleased to announce that ESF and its partners are launching a new grant-funded program. This project and its program components are supported, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing. In this round of funding, SUNY-ESF and its partners have received one of 43 awards made by the U.S. Department of Labor in 28 states and the only one made to an institution in New York State.

ESF is home to the Institute for Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing (ISMM), and its component Ultraviolet/Electron Beam Curing Technology Center. ISMM’s mission is to study, develop, and transfer the latest technologies in sustainable materials and manufacturing, and to educate manufacturers, students, and others about the benefits of these technologies through formal and informal instruction and training. Therefore, our latest project in Technical Skills Training integrates ISMM’s mission and advances ESF’s outreach mission to engage learners outside the immediate college community.

Sustainable materials and manufacturing (SMM) is a vital sector of the U.S. economy. Radiation curing technologies (utilizing ultraviolet light and electron beams) are innovative and high-growth fields in the advanced manufacturing sector that is currently a $1 billion/year industry in North America.

Given the importance and growth of this sector, this ESF-led multistate public-private collaboration will equip U.S. citizens to fill roles in this field through distance-learning training and professional development comprised of three core components:

  • a post-baccalaureate certificate in Radiation Curing of Resins and related externships.
  • an industry-recognized Certified Production Technician credential.
  • a professional webinar series, the Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing: Trends, Strategies, and Applications, offered by SUNY-ESF in collaboration with RadTech International North America beginning Fall 2012.

RadTech International North America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the technical, educational and market advancement of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology. RadTech has over 600 members that supply and use UV/EB equipment, raw materials and formulated products.

The national webinar series will address timely and relevant trends, issues and applications for individuals and organizations committed to expanding or exploring ultraviolet/electron beam (UV/EB) curing technologies. Selected topics will include an introduction to UV/EB materials, equipment, measurements, state and federal regulations and applications to food packaging and metals substrates. Webinars will include sixty minutes of real-time presentation and an interactive facilitated discussion with participants. This webinar series will also feature training and educational opportunities available through the SUNY-ESF/RadTech collaboration. All webinars are offered without cost to interested individuals.

Introduction to UV/EB Materials                                                              Dr. Mike Idacavage, Director, Business Development, Esstech Inc.                       2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT  /  September 27, 2012

Webinar Description:
The Energy Curable industry has grown tremendously since its beginnings in the early 1970s. The use of light or low energy electrons as the energy source for curing coatings is very attractive from a sustainability point of view. However, the main driving force for this technology has been the ability to lower process time and costs along with the ability to prepare coatings with unique properties. This webinar will present an introduction to UV and EB curing. In addition to some basic chemistry, an overview of various aspects pertaining to the formulation of UV and EB coatings will be covered.

Online Registration

Project Partners include:

  • Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY)
  • RadTech International North America
  • New York State Department of Labor
  • Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc.
  • The Manufacturing Institute
  • Onondaga County Workforce Investment Board
  • Central New York Technology Development Organization
  • CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO)
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • Partners for Education & Business
  • New York State Energy Research Development Authority

For more information about SUNY-ESF and its Institute for Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing’s UV/EB Curing Technology Center and other related education and training opportunities please visit

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

ESF Outreach Staff: Learning and Innovation

The ESF Outreach office staff brings tremendous expertise, experience, and dedication to their work with faculty and off-campus collaborators.  Several members of our team have been together for over a decade. One of our colleagues has worked at ESF over 30 years.   Whether a veteran member of the College community or a new member of the team, I appreciate the remarkable energy Outreach staff bring to ESF and the diverse communities served.

Here is a brief update on some of the team…

Katherina Bendz Searing became Associate Director for Professional Education and Non-credit Programs with the ESF Outreach office in January 2012.  Since then she has worked with ESF faculty and staff and many off-campus colleagues to plan and manage state-wide, regional and national programs, most recently the American Ecological Engineering Society national conference that was held here in Syracuse. Katherina is also a Ph.D. candidate at ESF where she is working with Dr. Mark Lomolino on a dissertation focused on the effects of climate change on small mammals. Katherina received a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Geology from the SUNYUniversity at Buffalo.  She completed her M.S. in Biological Sciences at Binghamton University. At ESF, she has served as an NSF GK-12 Fellow and a graduate assistant for several courses, including General Botany, Freshman Orientation Seminar, Mammal Diversity, Biogeography, Senior Synthesis in Conservation Biology, and Applied Wildlife Science.  She served for six years as a Teaching Fellow for the College-wide Colloquium on Teaching and Learning for graduate assistants, and as a graduate assistant with ESF Outreach.  Katherina played a key role in the planning and implementing of ESF’s inaugural Summer Session and in the development of several grant proposals, including the current U.S. DOL H1B grant (please see below).

Emily Gillis joined the ESF Outreach team shortly after earning a bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University.  Initially, Emily worked on an hourly part-time basis during a staff member’s leave of absence.  Before long, Emily moved into a full-time professional position and worked on a tremendous range of programs and proposals for youth and professionals.  We all deeply appreciate Emily’s four and one-half years of service and her many contributions and accomplishments. Emily has accepted a position in the Conference Division at Purdue University.  Please join us in wishing Emily success and fulfillment in her new position and in all her future endeavors.

Howie Hollander has joined the ESF Outreach staff as Interim Associate Director for Professional Education as part of Katherina Searing’s upcoming maternity leave (please see above). Many of us know and have worked with Howie on a variety of professional development and outreach efforts.  Howie is a MOST (Museum of Science and Technology) board member, president of TACNY (Technology Alliance of Central New York), and Vice President/Secretary of the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation board. Howie holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from New York University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.  He has worked for nearly thirty years in a variety of roles at Lockheed Martin Corporation, including Senior Manager of Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Technology, and Systems Integration. We know all of our colleagues will enjoy working with Howie and will find his passion for science, technology and engineering education and professional development contagious.

Sean Nicholson. Many outreach program participants and collaborators had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Sean during a rather intense stretch of state-wide, regional and national programs this past spring and summer. Sean is a supportive and capable colleague. This is why we’re enthused he has returned to ESF Outreach with a focus on Professional Education programs and projects. Sean holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Syracuse University.

Erik Untiedt recently joined the Outreach team as program coordinator for a professional training program funded, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant: Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing.  This nominal grant wasawarded to SUNY-ESF and eleven partner organizations. Erik earned a Bachelor’s of Science from SUNY-ESF in Environmental Studies with a concentration in communication and information. He then earned a Master’s of Science from Canisius College. For the past seven years, Erik has worked in secondary science education with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and with school districts in Virginia and New York. Erik has extensive experience integrating instructional technology and distance learning approaches with science curricula.  We’ll share more very soon about Erik’s work and about this project.

Rosanna Stoutenburg is a Graduate Assistant with the ESF Outreach office who joined our team in May.  She is a Ph.D. candidate at SUNY-ESF working with Dr. Jim Nakas in the area of Applied Microbiology.  Rosanna, who is originally from New Paltz, NY, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology prior to pursuing her Ph.D.  Her research entails biofuel production from wood-based feedstocks, focusing on mitigation of inhibitory compounds in these feedstocks. Previous to her position in the Outreach office, Rosanna was a Graduate Assistant for Introduction to Environmental Microbiology and General Biology II Lecture for a number of years. Rosanna anticipates completing her Ph.D. work in May 2013 and pursuing a career in college/university teaching, research and service.