Innovative Ideas at 5105 Feet Above Sea-Level

by Mark Marchand on January 27, 2012

Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson and three of our leading scientists and engineers have just completed their “IdeasLab” presentation at the World Economic Forum out in Davos, Switzerland. They were invited there to talk about taking concepts from the university setting into commercial arenas. We thought we’d share a few photos. They also had the pleasure of spending time with Ecovative CEO and co-founder Eben Bayer, a Rensselaer alumnus, as he signed a new contract with Sealed Air Corp. Ecovative was incubated at Rensselaer.

At the IdeasLab, above, from left to right, Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Boleslaw Szymanski, President Jackson,  Robert W. Hunt Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Dick Siegel, National University of Singapore President and session moderator Chorh Chuan Tan, and Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Jonathan Dordick.

Siegel, Szymanski, Dordick, and President Jackson at the IdeasLab.

Bayer (left) and President Jackson after the new Ecovative contract was signed, with William V. Hickey, President and CEO of Sealed Air.