Michael Hickey- Executive Director

Hickey has over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in industries such as high performance materials, automotive, software, clean energy and economic development.  Serving in roles as CEO, President, COO and Executive Vice-President for such companies as Allied Signal (Honeywell), Mapinfo and Pitney Bowes.  In 2008, Mike was named to Tech Valley’s Hot 10 list of executives and government officials who make things happen in Tech Valley.   In 2012, Hickey was invited and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative to help work on solutions for entrepreneurship in America.  Hickey served as Chairman of the Board of the Center for Economic Growth and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.  Hickey is a member of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Capital Region Economic Development Council Executive Committee where he also served as co-chair of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative advisory committee, chair of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative advisory committee, co-chair of the Technology and Innovation committee and chair of the Special Projects committee. In 2012 Hickey founded the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Siena College where he now serves as its executive director.  Hickey holds a BS from Siena College and an MBA from University at Albany.

Dan Robeson- School of Business Lead

With almost 20 years of experience in the management field and more than ten years in higher education, Robeson most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Research and Strategy at Bender Lane Advisory, LLC, in Albany, NY, an intrapreneurial setting with an established private wealth management multi-family office that provides financial services to ultra-high net worth families.

Dr. Robeson has many refereed publications, his most important being “Boards of Directors, Innovation, and Performance: An Exploration at Multiple Levels” in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, published in July, 2013. Robeson has received the following awards: Institute Fellowship, RPI, to pursue Ph.D. in Management (2003); Graduate Management Student Association Success Chairman for MBA (1999-2000); Industry award for highest quality producer of aluminum cans in the country of Mexico (1995), while the Head of Quality Assurance with American National Can Company.

Robeson holds a Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, an MBA in Innovation from RPI, and a BA in Economics from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

Scott Foster- School of Liberal Arts Lead

Scott Nelson Foster is a painter & draughtsman originally from the Idaho. His paintings and drawings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the country. His work is represented regionally by the Carrie Haddad Gallery of Hudson NY. Professor Foster received commissions to create portraits and artwork for the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish of Schenectady, the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, and the Terra Nova Church of Troy, among others. His courses in drawing and painting emphasize the material aspects of art. An avid experimenter with ancient and contemporary media, he teaches practical alchemy and the secrets of the masters.

Matthew Bellis- School of Science Lead

Matt has a BS in Physics from RPI in 1992, from where he also received his PhD in 2003 after which he started a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, building on his thesis work analyzing data from Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, VA. The lab is able to produce high-energy photons which were directed onto liquid hydrogen to better understand the theory that explains how quarks are bound in protons and neutrons. After that, he worked at Stanford University as a research associate on the BaBar experiment, an experiment that ran at the SLAC electron-positron collider studying the differences between matter and antimatter. In 2011, he spent one year at Northern Illinois University, outside of Chicago, teaching and continuing his research. He started at Siena in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2012. At Siena, he established a collaboration with Cornell University that allowed us to join the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, located at CERN, a particle physics lab in Geneva, Switzerland. He received NSF funding in 2013.