2017 Innovation Fund Call for Proposals Now Open to Partners

The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) invites proposals to the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund from current SyracuseCoE Partners for up to $10,000. The Innovation Fund is funded by SyracuseCoE Partner Program and is designed to support Partners’ efforts to overcome barriers to the commercialization of potentially transformative innovations. Projects must be aligned with commercialization of innovative products/technologies and focused on one or more of SyracuseCoE’s three core areas:

  • Indoor Environmental Quality and Building Energy Efficiency
  • Clean & Renewable Energy
  • Water Resources

Last year, the Syracuse 2016 Innovation Fund Award granted five companies a total of $36,199. This year, it is anticipated that there will be up to six awards.

To apply, you must submit the application below and complete and return the following documents by 5:00pm EST, Friday, March 31st, 2017.

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SyracuseCoE Accepting Applications for Funding of Paid Student Internship Opportunities

SyracuseCoE is seeking applications from its Industry Partners for funding available through the 2017 Summer Industry Collaboration Internship Program.  The program supports paid internship opportunities for SyracuseCoE Partner Program companies to host a student pursuing a degree in science, engineering, or architecture. Throughout the course of the internship, the student will increase his or her knowledge and technical skills by engaging in hands-on work at SyracuseCoE Partner firms related to indoor environmental quality (IEQ), high performance/green building, clean and renewable energy, and water resources.

In addition to increasing the technical skills of students, the program also aims to introduce students to local industry leaders. Program goals include increased post-graduation student retention in the Central Upstate region and the establishment of valuable relationships between college students and local firms. Interns will be invited to SyracuseCoE networking events throughout the summer, and they will develop and present an end-of-summer poster showcasing the project(s) on which he/she worked.

To date, 31 companies and 93 students have participated in this program, which is supported by annual fees paid by companies that participate in the SyracuseCoE Partner Program. This year, SyracuseCoE intends to fund up to 8 summer internships at Partner firms, with each commitment providing up to $3,000 per company.

View the 2017 Summer Industry Collaboration Internship Program page and application.

R&T Forum – ‘Precision’ Medicine and Environments: Emerging Opportunities for Individualized Care and Comfort

SyracuseCoE and Central New York Biotechnology Accelerator (CNY BAC) partnered in a joint Research and Technology Forum yesterday that explored emerging approaches at the interface of health care and environmental control. The Forum included presentations by Dr. Robert Corona, SUNY Upstate Vice President for Innovation and Business Development, and Mike Wetzel, President and CEO of Air Innovations. The presenters offered insight about how to utilize precision medicine to customize healthcare and to take into account the biological, environmental and behavioral factors that drive disease.

Right from the start, many SyracuseCoE partners have pursued a vision for leveraging one of Central New York’s signature industry clusters to catalyze innovations in technologies for built environments that would improve occupant health and wellness. Synergistically, the Central New York Biotechnology Accelerator (CNY BAC) envisions building on regional strengths to advance innovations in precision medicine.


Dr. Robert Corona, DO, MBA, FCAP, FASCP, John B, Henry and Chair of Pathology, Medical Director of Neuropathology/Pathology, Vice President for Innovation and Business Development, Central New York Biotech Accelerator, Upstate Medical University

Mike Wetzel, President and CEO, Management Board of Directors, Air Innovations


Ed Bogucz, Executive Director, SyracuseCoE, Associate Professor, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Lt. Governor Hochul Visits SyracuseCoE As It Continues Its Indoor Air Quality Research Efforts

New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul visited the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) again on Tuesday, December 13, to take a tour of the building and labs and learn about ongoing projects to study human health and performance in indoor environments. Hochul was joined by SyracuseCoE Executive Director Ed Bogucz for a tour and discussion of the research initiatives going on within both the Intelligent Control of Urban and Built Environments (ICUBE) and Willis H. Carrier Total Indoor Environmental Quality (TIEQ) Lab.

Researchers from Syracuse University, Upstate Medical, and SUNY ESF use the labs to determine how different indoor environmental factors influence human productivity and efficiency. The TIEQ Lab allows researchers to control environmental factors such as humidity, lighting, temperature, and sound in order to study and document how to improve internal environmental quality and energy efficiency. The factors are tested and documented within the ICUBE test bed, which is designed to simulate a wide variety of common settings in commercial office buildings, including cubicles, offices and meeting rooms.

Hochul was interested in how these research projects and facilities promote entrepreneurship and ultimately boost the economy in Central New York. The support of student researchers and entrepreneurs prepares them for jobs at companies within Central New York, and the facilities help to draw bright faculty members to Syracuse University and SUNY ESF.


R&T Forum: From Idea to Market: Perspectives from Student, Faculty, and Industry Entrepreneurs

Research & Technology Forum
November 15, 2016

From Idea to Market: Perspectives from Student, Faculty, and Industry Entrepreneurs

SyracuseCoE celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with a Research & Technology Forum that featured three perspectives on commercializing innovations energy and environmental systems. Those who presented were a founder and CEO of a student-led venture, a faculty entrepreneur who participated in the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program, and a founder of a start-up company that brought game-changing LED lighting to sporting arenas across the country, including a stadium that hosted the Super Bowl. The presenters offered personal insights on opportunities and challenges along the paths of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Joe Casper
Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ephesus Lighting
Joe is uncompromisingly committed to creating a whole new evolution in LED lighting technology. He drives design and engineering solutions to deliver what the customer needs rather than what the industry has been making. Joe brings to Ephesus 30+ years of experience and career achievements, which include work with industry leaders like Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, Lockheed Martin and part of the startup team for WaferTech, a Washington state-based semiconductor facility he helped grow to 1400+ employees and $1 billion in revenue.
Yan-Yeung Luk 
Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University
Luk is a faculty member in the Chemistry Department of Syracuse University since 2004. With a few of technologies spun out of his laboratory, and with his scientific advisory experiences to two biotechnology companies, Luk founded LifeUnit LLC, a startup company that develops chemical innovations for controlling bacteria-related diseases and problems. LifeUnit LLC has won the Innovation Corps grant from National Science Foundation, and Luk is the acting Chief Scientific Officer for the technical operation of LifeUnit.
Joshua Aviv 
Founder and CEO, SparkCharge
Josh Aviv, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SparkCharge, holds a bachelors degree in Economics from Syracuse University with a focus in Environmental Economics and currently finishing his master’s degree in Information Science, with a C.A.S. in Data Science. Josh is in charge of product development and day-to-day operations including establishing relationships with electric vehicle (EV) owners. Josh, an EV owner himself, has extensive EV expertise and has been in the industry for the past 3 years.