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Hudson Valley Future Summit

Inventors and Makers

This session consists of three-minute presentations by the area’s top inventors and makers. 


 

Adam Carlock, Mitch Wagner, Kim Eagleston, The Chocolatiers

Adam Carlock:

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

My wife and I moved back here while she was looking for a job after graduating. We loved the area and after she was hired to work for Scenic Hudson and I decided to go back to school, we couldn't think of a better place to live right now. So many great areas and great people.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I went back to school to become an engineer because my passion is prototyping and development. When I am not working, I am tinkering or finding a new project to work on. Many of my projects focus on energy and efficiency, or development using 3D design and printing.  As a group, we are always striving to learn and make things better for the future.

 

Kim Eagleston:

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I grew up in the Hudson Valley and really love the area and understand its potential. I decided to attend SUNY New Paltz because, not only did I want to stay local, but I had access to a growing engineering program. During my college career I worked as an engineering intern with a local company that helped Hudson Valley businesses succeed. This encouraged me to stay in the Hudson Valley after obtaining my degree. I now work for a world-class manufacturer in the upper Hudson Valley as a manufacturing engineer and continue to support the growing manufacturing industry in the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley has so much to offer, not only in its beauty but also in its unique industrial potential for both established global manufacturers and start-up entrepreneurs.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I became an engineer because of my interest in finding a solution for any problem. I enjoy working on projects that not only challenge me but also solve problems that affect everyday people. Our group aims to find creative solutions to unconventional problems that can help people better express their creativity.

Mitch Wagner:

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I grew up here, lived here all my life and went to school here. It's a really great place to be. I'm an innovative inventor that is always creating and improving. I'm always working on at least one project at a time that I think can help make people's lives easier. I'm always working towards a better and brighter future.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I'm an innovative inventor that is always creating and improving.  I'm always working on at least one project at a time that I think can help make people's lives easier. I'm always working towards a better and brighter future.

 

 

Brent Chanin, Mediprint

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

An avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, Chanin believes the Hudson River Valley is among the most naturally attractive settings in the world. Coupled with access to the greatest city in the world for food, cultural and artistic endeavours, and world renowned medical institutions, the Hudson Valley was an obvious choice to balance quality of life and business opportunity.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Since founding Mediprint in 2015, Chanin has advised major hospitals on the establishment of their own 3D printing labs. He continues to work closely with surgeons around the world to better educate their patients, pre-plan surgeries, prepare patient-specific surgical tools, and directly improve patient care and outcomes of surgery. His wide-ranging experience in engineering affords him an in-depth understanding of all 3D-related technology, from medical imaging equipment to the machinery that produces 3D replicas to modeling software, including Mediprint’s proprietary Scan-to-Print methodology. Putting this expertise to work, Mediprint is helping physicians raise the standard of healthcare they deliver to their patients.

 

Bryan Czibesz, SUNY New Paltz Assistant Professor, Art Department

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I began teaching at SUNY New Paltz in 2011. Part of what was so compelling about working here was the partnership between art and engineering that had already facilitated bringing a number of exciting digital tools and innovative teaching to campus and the Hudson Valley. I have always been a tinkerer, and during my time here I have enjoyed a culture of experimentation and innovation that has allowed me to continue to develop ceramic-specific 3D printing processes that I have used in my own work and have brought to New Paltz students.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Bryan Czibesz is an artist grounded in the tradition of object making who asks questions of authorship and authenticity through varying degrees of engagement and dislocation between the hand and material manipulation. Bryan earned his MFA from San Diego State University and has conducted workshops and shown his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; and the Riga Porcelain Museum in Latvia. He has been Artist-in-Residence at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia; the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary; c.r.e.t.a. Rome; and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently an assistant professor of art at SUNY New Paltz.

 

Reena Dahle, Assistant Professor of Engineering, SUNY New Paltz

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

It's a beautiful area, good location, close enough to the city but not too close. Has culture and warmth and a family oriented atmosphere.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Dr. Dahle completed her doctorate in electrical engineering at Waterloo University in southwest Ontario, Canada. She is currently an assistant professor at the Division of Engineering programs. Her research interests include wireless power charging and powering of implantable passive medical devices. Her passions are also focused on empowering women in the STEM fields. She founded the group WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), a rapidly growing student group with up to 95 members. WISE ran the first girls in engineering camp last summer called TINKER that was a great success and will hopefully be a recurring event.

 

Ken Landauer, Advances in Wood Joinery

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I lived in Tannersville in 1991, then moved to Brooklyn.  Hiking, biking, and climbing brought me to the Hudson Valley in the 90’s.  Visiting friends too.  The land, community, and culture attached me to the area.  I moved to Stone Ridge in 1999.  Artists of all types, academics, farmers, and idealists root me here.  

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I design, prototype, and build CLT structures for wood1a, based in High Falls.  We build radical, green homes.  I also make art and furniture.    My artwork is usually made for outdoor spaces or museums, including a two person show at the Dorsky Museum, here at SUNY New Paltz, in 2011.  One of my benches still sits near the museum’s entry.  I have been a woodworker for 28 years, and taught art for 20 years, most recently in the graduate program of the School of Visual Arts.

 

Aaron Lown, Product Designer, New Product Innovation + Creative Strategy + Branding

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I have lived in the Hudson Valley since 2006 in Tuxedo. After selling the products brand I co-founded called BUILT, which was based in New York City, I decided to set up shop closer to home in Newburgh. The rich history of manufacturing and entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley was something I wanted to tap into and I have not been disappointed.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Ceramics, furniture, graphics, footwear, handbags—Aaron Lown has designed them all. The Maine native and BUILT co-founder began selling his designs as early as the eighth grade, fascinated with materials and unusual ways of employing them—all along the way. A graduate degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, designs in the Museum of Modern Art Mutant materials exhibition, two years in Japan, stints at Calvin Klein and Kate Spade, Lown has set up a creative studio in Newburgh, NY, where he is developing products in collaboration with local manufacturers under Industrial Craft, and is poised to launch a new pet products brand call VUFF in 2017.

 

Michael Puryear, Furniture Designer

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

While living in New York City, my wife and I backpacked, biked, and skied in the Catskills and Minnewaska. My brother moved to the Hudson Valley about 25 years ago.  We often used his place as a weekend getaway. We made friends in the area and found it attractive. We hoped to move here but unfortunately it was not possible. I moved here 11 years ago when I was bought out of my Manhattan loft. I enjoy living here in a rural environment with many creative friends.  

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Howard University with a degree in anthropology and zoology. I worked for 11 years for the D.C. Public Library (D.C.P.L). It was enjoyable and educational. I was drafted into the Army in 1965 and served as a medical laboratory technician in St. Louis. As much as I enjoyed working for the D.C.P.L., I felt my life bifurcated between work and my personal life. In 1973, I moved to New York City as a freelance photographer, hoping to find a more integrated life.  Admittedly the path from photography to furniture maker was not straight, but more of an evolution from contractor to cabinetmaker to furniture maker. The experience provided me the opportunity to learn my craft through reading and experimentation.

 

Veleta Vancza ’00, Artist, MINE Luxury Nail Laquer

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I originally came to the Hudson Valley in 1996, because I wanted to escape the city, so I moved up here with friends. I went to SUNY New Paltz for my BFA in Metals ('00) and left to attend graduate school. I returned in 2008 because I really missed the landscape the people.The proximity to NYC made this the perfect location for me to start my business without having to spend too much on rent or real estate.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Veleta Vancza has been working as an artist for over 20 years. She began her career as an art/studio jeweler creating one-of-a-kind conceptual works. More recently she has been working on a larger scale creating sculpture, wall pieces & installations using vitreous enamel on metal integrated with new technologies such as sound-mapping & 3D rendering software. She is recognized for her experimental use of vitreous enamel as an adhesive, as well as her innovations with phosphorescent enamels.  Veleta is the co-founder and Creative Director for Mina Atramentum, makers of MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer. 

 

Paul Widerman, Designer, Smart Bells

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

Moving here 28 years ago it occurred to me men move for one of two reasons:   It’s either Love or Money.  Back then, I definitely did not come to the Valley for the money.  My first date was to Opus 40 and I never looked back.  I have always felt the valley was plenty Green.  But, hopefully, “Future Summit” starts to push the needle in this realm as well.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I moved to the Valley 28 years ago after being Co-Captain of the Harvard Wrestling team, assistant coach, 1984 Olympic Team alternate -- and a Yoga teacher. I was also a personal trainer before there was a term for it.  Rather than becoming Head Coach, I moved here to pursue a life of creativity and freedom. I immersed myself in art, intellectual property, the inventing process and became known for creating SmartBells and founding Thinkfit.   I am currently working on two new start-ups:  “The Gum Rappers” through HeartStrings Media.    And, my newest patent, product and company: “Heart”   Heart came to life through working with Dan Freedman and Kat Wilson at the HVAMC. I pride myself on being what I think is: “Client #6”.

I have attended the Burning Man Festival in Nevada eight of the last ten years.