Formerly housed within the School of Business, the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship is now a University-wide resource known as the Shipley Center for Innovation.
“The new and enhanced Center serves as an engine for economic development in Northern New York by engaging in the creation of new enterprises that capitalize on emerging technologies developed at Clarkson,” explains Provost Thomas C. Young. “The Center will foster innovation across the University, particularly in engineering and science, and work with outside investors and start-up companies to commercial new technologies.”
School of Business Dean Timothy Sugrue serves as the managing director of the Center and Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Dean Goodarz Ahmadi as its director of Technology, bringing together complementary knowledge from both areas into one resource.
Deputy Director Jessica E. Kelly will manage the day-to-day operations of the Center. Kelly received her MBA from Clarkson in 2008 after working in industry for a number of years.
“Our goal is to work closely with our partners at the CITEC business incubator and assist the Seaway Private Equity Corporation in attracting new technology-based businesses, engaged in work related to sustainable technologies, to St. Lawrence County,” Kelly explains. CITEC Manufacturing & Technology Solutions is a nonprofit, state-funded economic development organization located in Peyton Hall in downtown Potsdam.
The Shipley Center is currently working with Clarkson engineering, business, and arts and sciences faculty to develop start-up companies and locate funding for commercial technology under development. These include: prosthetic devices, an energy-saving device designed for tractor trailers, pharmaceutical process innovations and technology designed to safeguard biometric identification systems from being breached.
The Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship was established through the generosity of Charles R. ’84 (HD) and Lucia Shipley in 1999. The Center was designed to promote student learning and development in the areas of leadership, teamwork and entrepreneurship. It also served as a community resource, assisting local businesses and nonprofits.
“The expansion of the Center is consistent with my parents’ interest in improving people’s lives through the innovative, technology-driven application of science and engineering,” says their son Richard Shipley. “It is exciting to see the scope of their legacy increase.”