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Entrepreneurship Alumni Symposium

With the growth of entrepreneurship at ESF, the Career Services Office has developed the Entrepreneurship Alumni Symposium. The Symposium is an event that hosts several alumni panelists who have continued on to become entrepreneurs, followed by more informal networking via roundtable discussions.

The Entrepreneurship Alumni Symposium provides the opportunity for current students to meet/network/interact with ESF Alumni who have become successful entrepreneurs.

For 2016, our panelists include:

Adirondack Alternate Energy

Bruce Brownell, ’64 B.S. Construction Management and Wood Products: Adirondack Alternate Energy (AAE) designs, engineers and markets a unique concept incorporating proper solar orientation, a superior 6-sided insulation envelope and a large air integrated thermal mass system. Bruce has experience designing and engineering passive solar homes with over 350 done across 30 years.


Hilary Niver-Johnson, ‘11 B.S. Environmental Science: Sustainable Viticulture Systems (SVS) demonstrates the viability of recycling, sustainability, and renewable energy of Finger Lakes wine grapes; as well as, having fun with food! Hilary also has a background in Waste Management, Food Processing, Gourmet Food Production, Research, Value Added Agriculture, Project Development, Marketing, and Grant Writing.


Kathleen Moore, ’75 B.S. Forest Biology: Kathleen is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist working in renewable energy (wind and solar) since 2000, focused on providing superior analytics for the renewable energy and environmental fields. She has wide and deep experience in providing fast, efficient, and transparent custom analyses of large complex data sets. Her overall goal is to employ open source, cross-platform solutions in order to strengthen clients' understanding of their own data. Her specialties include: meteorological instrumentation, especially remote sensing (sodar, lidar, radar, satellite), analysis of large data sets, especially time series and spatial data, and integration of multiple data streams into coherent pictures.

Full Circle Food

Michael Amadori, ’12 M.S. Ecological Engineering: Full Circle Feed creates healthy, delicious, and environmentally-sustainable dog treats by using meats, vegetables, fruits, and breads from restaurants that make more than they can serve. Food that's good enough for you is transformed into treats that are great for your dog.
In collaboration with the Earth Week committee, our event has become a part of their schedule. The event has been set for Friday, April 22, 2016 from 1-4 pm in Nifkin Lounge.
Event schedule breakdown as follows:

Informal Networking and food: 1-1:45
Panel of 4 alumni guests: 1:45-2:45
Panelists break out into individual roundtables for discussion with smaller group of students: 2:45-3:45/4