CEBIP Advisory Board
Assistant Director of Business Development
Office of Technology Licensing and Industrial Relations at Stony Brook University.
Insights from CEBIP's Advisory Board
It’s not enough to build a better mousetrap. If you want your idea to be a financial success, you have to know how to pitch its features and benefits to all the hungry cats out there.
That, in essence, is one of the tasks undertaken by Donna Tumminello at CEBIP: teaching entrepreneurs in the CEBIP program how to prepare business pitches to interested inventors. But before they reach that point, they must be accepted into the program and then selected to present their “mousetraps” to CEBIP’s angel network—two other areas in which Donna is involved and for which she is particularly well suited.
One of the original Advisory Board members of CEBIP, Donna has an M.B.A. in Finance and a B.S., Electrical Engineering from Hofstra University. She has a strong background in entrepreneurship and experience in technology evaluation for commercial potential, marketing, and intellectual property valuation.
As Assistant Director, Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations at Stony Brook University, she coordinates intellectual property management and technology transfer activities for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, analyzing inventions, promoting partnerships with corporations and business, and developing and executing strategic licensing contracts. As adjunct professor, she also teaches engineering students about ethics and intellectual property—a role she noted is “of utmost satisfaction to me.”
Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Donna had worked at KeySpan Telemetry Solutions, where she successfully started a new business venture providing wireless metering control solutions to the electric, gas, water, and telecommunications industries. And before that, she had spent a decade working in research and development for the local electric and gas utility, with many of the projects she managed being in clean energy.
“I am an advocate of clean energy technologies for a sustainable energy future,” she said. “In general, clean energy has had many starts and stops due to the fluctuation of gas prices and politics. One major challenge is getting people to agree that clean tech is worth investing in for the long term.”
Her commitment to clean energy dovetails with her role at CEBIP, where she finds the opportunity to promote clean energy from both the demand side and the supply side especially rewarding since it holds potential for the future. “By CEBIP incubating successful clean energy companies,” she said, “many more will follow.”