Highlights from Past WNY STEM Hub’s Monthly Session Events


WNY’s Food Sector: STEM Skills Feed This Workforce – September 2018

Research, innovation, agribusiness, food production, and distribution are all part of the robust integrated food system that feeds the WNY economy. Sustainability is key. This sector is growing: food-related enterprises, jobs, and wages have increased in this region since 2011, creating strong economic indicators for continued growth.  What are the opportunities for the next-generation workforce, and how are local schools preparing STEM-ready talent to meet these growing demands? WNY STEM Hub assembled a panel of regional experts who are hungry to make a difference.


  • Dave Cowperthwait, SVP of Global Supply Chain, Rich Products Corporation
  • Lori Keith, R&D Manager, Bakery, Rich Products Corporation
  • Jodi Perry, Director of Human Resources & Strategic Alignment, Perry’s Ice Cream
  • Julie Blackman, Owner, Farmers & Artisans and Blackman Farm
  • Rob Harris, Supervisor of CTE, Buffalo Public Schools
  • Jamie McKeon, Member, Niagara University Food Marketing Advisory Board
  • Dennis Napora, Chair, WNY Institute of Food Technologists

Brian Meyer, former news director of WBFO and business reporter for The Buffalo News, moderator

Co-Sponsored by


Venue and Breakfast Sponsor

Rich Products


The Data Revolution is Here and It’s Not Scary! – April 2018

The Data Revolution: How academia (K-12 + BS + MS) and Industry are working together to create the new workforce in Data Science & Analytics (DSA)

Joaquin Carbonara, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, SUNY Buffalo State – Big Data Monetization, Skills and Usage in Financial Services

Big Data Usage in Financial Services

Siraj Shaik, Chief Data Architect and Lynn O’Connor, Customer Insights Manager at the Enterprise    Data Office, M&T Bank – WNYSTEM4-12-2018 (1)

“Do it Yourself” School District Assessment Health Reports   

Timothy W. Johnson, Professional Developer for Administration & Supervision, Erie 1 BOCES – Do it Yourself School District Assessment Health Reports 4-12-18

Thank you to our venue host


Robots Are Everywhere! – March 2018

Tonawanda Technologies

Paul Tanis, Manufacturing Engineering Manager at General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant – presentation not available

Collaborative Robots and People Centric Manufacturing

Matt Malloy, Director of Advanced Manufacturing for BAK USA  – BAK USA

FIRST® Program – The Key to WNY Future Workforce

Glen Pearson, FIRST® Regional Director – FIRST

Robots and the Next Generation Workforce

Gregg Mojica, CEO of Clovis  – Clovis WNY STEM

For information on the Women in STEM Cooperative Summit, April 18 at UB, visit:


Thank you to our program sponsor

and our venue 


Students Today, Engineers and Inventors Tomorrow – February 2018

Educating the Workforce of the Future Through Partnerships  Northland

Mark Hoeber, Dean for Engineering and Technologies at Erie Community College, Stephen Tucker, President and CEO of Northland Workforce Training Center, and Jeff Stevens, Interim Dean,School of Applied Technology. Alfred State College

The Technology Education Program at Depew Schools https://drive.google.com/file/d/19qZqN9h89w8SzUf3EtN-RDcjnce_K4b6/view?usp=sharing

Chas Bonda and Ray Cooper, technology teachers at Depew High School and Depew Middle School respectively

Building a K-12 STEM Pathway Project Lead the Way

Carolyn Malstrom, Ph.D., Senior Director of School Engagement, Project Lead the Way

Engineering for Kids (presentation not available, contact Engineering for Kids for details)

Miriam Kelley, Director of Program Development, Engineering for Kids

Diversity in STEM BEAM

Tonya Myles-Day, Executive Director of Buffalo-area Engineering and Awareness for Minorities (BEAM).

Why a Career as An Engineer Is So Great Engineer

Colleen O’Connell, Hydraulic Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers (Buffalo District)

An Overview of Northrop Grumman and the Development of Cutting Edge Technology in Buffalo STEM HUB Briefing Rev B

Brian Schmidt, Engineering Manager, Northrop Grumman

Thank you to our Program Sponsor

and venue


Sun, Sea, and STEM: Making Environmental Passion a Career – November 2017

Solar Power in WNY

Rob Gauchat from Solar Liberty    WNY STEM Presentation-Email Version (1)

STEM Careers in Environmental Consulting  WNY STEM (1)

Jenny Mogavero, GISP, Technology Innovation Program Lead and Rebecca Smith, Chief Geospatial Specialist from Ecology and Environment, Inc.

NOAA and the B-Wet Program  NOAA BWet WNYstem

Dr. Christine Lamont, a NYS Master Teacher currently teaching Biology, Environmental Science, and Earth Science

Thank you to the program sponsor   

and venue sponsor


Science and Engineering: Tomorrow’s Hottest Careers Are in Classrooms Today – September 2017

Strategic Opportunities for the Implementation of NYSSLS          STEMHub 9.14.17

Kathaleen Burke and Richard Duquin, Senior Professional Consultants, Lab Aids

Stephanie Brunnett, NY Science Specialist, Lab Aids

Teaching Our Youngest Engineers: A Lancaster Success Story       LANCASTER

Karen Marchioli, Director of Elementary Education, Lancaster

Shaun Canaski, Technology Teacher, William Street School

Using Earth SySTEM and GLOBE       Earth SySTEM …. Quick Look

Michael Jabot, Ph.D.

Thank you to the program sponsor

and venue sponsor