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LONG ISLAND TECHNOLOGY HALL OF FAME
Recognizing, Honoring and Preserving the Contributions, Accomplishments, and Dedication of those Leaders in Science and Technology Who Have Made a Significant Impact on Long Island.
LEO A. GUTHART
Leo A. Guthart currently manages Topspin Partners, a venture capital fund and Topspin Partners LBO, a buyout fund, both based on Long Island. Prior to that he served as Chairman of the Security and Fire Solutions Group of Honeywell International. Until its sale to Honeywell in 2000, he served as Vice Chairman of Pittway Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of its Security Group of Companies. Among these are ADEMCO, the largest manufacturer in the world of alarm equipment; ADI, the largest distributor of security equipment in the United States and AlarmNet, a cellular radio service which transmits alarm and security signals in major US cities. He was also Chairman of publicly held Cylink Corporation, a leading U.S. supplier of encryption equipment that was sold to Safenet Corporation. He is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a BA degree in Physics and of Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and received both an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialty in Corporate Finance. Mr. Guthart served on the faculty of Harvard Business School and was a Ford Foundation Fellow performing research on corporate share repurchases. His articles on share repurchases have been published in the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Finance. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hofstra University from 1993-1996, and is currently a member of the Hofstra Board of Trustees. He is also a Trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an Overseer of the Hofstra-NSLIJ Medical School and a Trustee of the Stony Brook Foundation. He was a Founding Director of the Long Island Research Institute and was a Trustee of the Acorn Funds, a leading growth-oriented family of mutual funds. He is a Director of AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE), an international producer of dispensing valves, pumps and closures for pharmaceuticals and perfumes.
DR. BORIS METLITSKY
Dr. Boris Metlitsky recently retired from Motorola Inc. where he was Senior Vice-President in charge of the Worldwide Enterprise Solutions organization within Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Solutions (EMS) business. In this role, he was responsible for product strategy, product development, financial management and innovation. The organization he led develops and markets mobile computing, advanced data capture and RFID (radio frequency identification) products and solutions. Today, Motorola is a market leader in all of these areas and you can find
these innovative solutions in almost every industry including retail, manufacturing, transportation, field service, logistics, hospitality, healthcare, government and public safety. Dr. Metlitsky is a graduate of Moscow Institute of Electronic Machine Building (Russia) where he received both an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering. In 1980 he immigrated to United States. In 1983 he accepted an engineering position with Symbol Technologies, a fledgling start-up with only 30 employees and some great ideas. Boris grew with the company, rising through the ranks to eventually lead all product development. With 94
patents in his name, he contributed significantly to Symbol’s leadership in barcode scanning. He was also instrumental in helping Symbol grow its business into new areas of technology and succeed in mobile computing, enterprise wireless local area networks (eWLAN) and RFID. Boris led Engineering and Product Development when Symbol won the National Medal of Technology in 2000. Dr. Metlitsky is not only an accomplished businessman and talented engineering leader, but he is also an exceptional motivator who has inspired those he works for and with. He has fostered and helped shape the careers of many individuals along the way, mentoring them and helping them develop as leaders in their own rights. Many of these individuals now occupy senior executive positions within Motorola and other companies.
DR. NICHOLAS P. SAMIOS
Dr. Samios graduated from Columbia College in 1953 with a B.A. in Physics and in 1956 joined the Faculty of the Physics Department at Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University in 1957. He was on the Faculty of Columbia for three years, 1956-59. In 1959, Dr. Samios joined the Physics Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He was Physics Group Leader from 1965 to 1975, and was named Chairman of Brookhaven’s Physics Department, serving in that capacity from 1975 to 1981. In February 1981, he was named Deputy Director for High Energy and Nuclear Physics. He was appointed Acting Director of the Laboratory on January 1, 1982 and Director on May 3, 1982. He served in that position for 15 years, stepping down on April 30, 1997. He is presently Distinguished Senior Scientist at BNL and Director of the RIKEN BNL Research Center. Dr. Samios’ distinguished career has been devoted to high energy particle physics, and he has made many vital contributions to that field. In the early part of his career he was involved in the discovery of the ˚ hyperon, demonstration of parity violation in hyperon decays, determination of the ˚ parity and the first measurements of the decay properties of several of the unstable particles, namely ˚, - and ˚. He subsequently was the major participant in the discovery of the meson, the (1530) hyperon, the spin of the (1385), all crucial components in the study of particle spectroscopy; and the discovery of the f’’(1515) and ’(958), the properties of the latter in retrospect being one of the early evidences of the existence of gluons. He is particularly well known for his discovery of the Omega Minus ( -) particle and the first Charmed Baryons ( c+, c++). In fact the notation for baryon charmed particles was devised and introduced by Dr. Samios. These major discoveries have played a crucial role in determining the symmetries and dynamics of the strong interactions, SU(3), asymptotic freedom and ultimately to the formulation of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), and the Standard Model. In more recent times, Dr. Samios has devoted his energy to the study of nuclei under extreme conditions of high temperature and high energy density. As such, he was responsible for the realization of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), an accelerator facility, which was designed for and indeed achieved such extreme conditions for nuclei. The discovery of such a new form of matter which turns out to have unexpected properties, being composed of strongly interacting (in contrast to weakly interacting) quarks and gluons, has opened up a completely new and exciting area of physics investigation. The addition of spin capability to this RHIC facility, through the collaboration with RIKEN, also has opened up an additional avenue of investigation, namely that of the origin of the spin of the proton. During his tenure as Director of BNL, Dr. Samios oversaw the conceptualization, construction and operation of many forefront scientific and non-scientific facilities. Foremost among these has involved the significant enhancement of the nuclear heavy ion capability at BNL. This was accomplished by building on the existing AGS structures, with the addition of a transfer line, booster, and the RHIC collider. Research with this facility has already led to the major discoveries, and the capability and versatility of this facility portends the advent of many more exciting and fundamental scientific discoveries. Phase II of the National Synchrotron Light Source, NSLS, was implemented under Dr. Samios’ guidance and for many years has produced extraordinary findings in material and life science. It has already produced one Nobel Prize and accommodated the research activities of over 2,000 yearly users. A full-scale imaging center with both a PET and NMR capability was also established under Dr. Samios’ directorship, where fundamental research on brain function and addiction is being actively pursued. A large complex for waste handling, as well as a child development center for 100 youngsters were also constructed during Dr. Samios’ tenure. Two other important centers were also established. One was for exploring novel accelerator designs, the Center for Accelerator Physics, with its accompanying accelerator test facility. The second involved an international collaboration with RIKEN, Japan, in forming the RIKEN BNL Research Center to explore the origin of the spin of the proton, non-perturbative QCD, and advanced lattice gauge computations. For his work, Dr. Samios was named a winner of the 1980 E.O. Lawrence Memorial Award for leadership in the study of elementary particle physics, and that same year also received the New York Academy of Sciences Award in Physical and Mathematical Sciences. In April 1982, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his significant contributions to scientific research. In 1993, he received the W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in recognition of his discovery of the Omega Minus. In 1994, he was elected into Akademia Athenon as Corresponding Member, and in 2001 Dr. Samios was the recipient of the B. Pontecorvo Prize in recognition of his contribution to particle physics especially involving neutrinos. In August of 2009, Dr. Samios was awarded the Gian Carlo Wick Gold Medal Award by the World Federation of Scientists. The citation read as follows: “In his visionary role in the successful construction of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and his intellectual Leadership in a series of remarkable experimental discoveries which established the existence of Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), a new phase of strongly interacting nuclear matter.” Dr. Samios has served on many national and international committees. For many years he was a member of the U.S. Japan Committee on High Energy Physics, the US/PRC Joint Committee on High Energy Physics, the US/USSR Joint Coordinating Committee for Research on Fundamental Progress of Matter. For a shorter period he was a member of both the International Committee for Future Accelerators and the HERA Management Board. On the national scene Dr. Samios was an advisor to many acceleration facilities: Fermilab, SLAC, CEBAF, Penn-Princeton Accelerator and the National Ignition Facility at Livermore, as well as other universities and laboratories: MIT, Stanford, and Los Alamos. He has advised DOE (and its predecessor AEC) as both a member of HEPAP and for the site selection of what became Fermilab and the SSC Laboratory. Dr. Samios has been active in both the APS as a member and Chairman of the Physics Planning Committee, Chair of the Division of Particles and Fields, and for the National Research Council as a member of the Commission on Physical Sciences Mathematics and Applications and other committees. Dr. Samios is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. On a more local level he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Stony Brook Foundation, Adelphi University, and the Long Island Association. Dr. Samios was an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Columbia University for many years.
Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was an inventor and a mechanical and electrical engineer. He was one of the most important contributors to the birth of commercial electricity and is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla’s patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor, with which he helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution. Tesla was born an ethnic Serb in the village of Smiljan, Croatian Military Frontier, Austrian Empire (today’s Croatia). He was a subject of the Austrian Empire by birth and later became an American citizen. After his demonstration of wireless communication through radio in 1894 and after being the victor in the “War of the Currents,” he was widely respected as one of the greatest electrical engineers who worked in America. Much of his early work pioneered modern electrical engineering and many of his discoveries were of groundbreaking importance. During this period, in the United States, Tesla’s fame rivaled that of any other inventor or scientist in history or popular culture, but because of his unusual personality and his seemingly unbelievable and sometimes unconventional claims about possible scientific and technological developments, Tesla was ultimately ostracized. Tesla never put much focus on his finances. It is said he died impoverished, at the age of 86. The International System of Units unit measuring magnetic field B (also referred to as the magnetic flux density and magnetic induction), the tesla, was named in his honor at the Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures, Paris, in 1960). The Tesla effect of wireless energy transfer to wirelessly power electronic devices, which Tesla demonstrated on a low scale with incandescent light bulbs as early as 1893 and aspired to use for the intercontinental transmission of industrial power levels in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project, was also named after him. Aside from his work on electromagnetism and electromechanical engineering, Tesla contributed in varying degrees to the establishment of robotics, remote control, radar, and computer science, and to the expansion of ballistics, nuclear physics, and theoretical physics. In 1943, the Supreme Court of the United States credited him as being the inventor of the radio.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR:
ReiJane Huai Chairman & CEO FalconStor Software, Inc.
As a visionary in the data protection industry and an esteemed Long Island business and technology leader, ReiJane Huai, Chairman and CEO of FalconStor Software, has enjoyed a prolific, distinguished career in software development and management that spans 25 years. A native of Taiwan, Huai came to the United States in 1984 and received a master’s degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1985. After a brief tenure at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, Huai joined Cheyenne Software, where he quickly rose to prominence in the company, heading research and development (R&D) and subsequently becoming president and CEO. At Cheyenne, he served as chief architect of ARCserve, the industry's first storage management solution for the client/server environment. Huai successfully spearheaded Cheyenne’s drive to become the industry leader in backup/restore and disaster recovery (DR). During that time, Huai saw Company revenues soar, and in 1995, Cheyenne was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “200 Best Small Companies to Work for In America”. Huai was largely responsible for Cheyenne’s success and sale to CA in 1996 for $1.2 billion USD. While at CA, he oversaw sales, marketing, and the development of strategic joint ventures in the Asia-Pacific region. With a vision fueled by Internet-driven data explosion and the need to manage ever-increasing enterprise data volumes, he and a seasoned team of experts joined forces in 2000 to bring a new storage virtualization platform to market. As CEO of FalconStor Software in Melville, NY, Huai has built the company’s offerings from this open storage virtualization platform, forging strong OEM relationships and amassing a vast network of channel partners to bring the company’s data protection product portfolio to the widest customer base possible. Today, a decade later, FalconStor is the leader in disk-based data protection and continues to be an innovator in the storage virtualization space. FalconStor solutions help customers virtualize, consolidate, deduplicate, and protect critical data stores over heterogeneous storage networks, providing simplified storage management and DR services to ensure high data availability and business continuity. FalconStor solutions eliminate vendor lock-in and give organizations the freedom to choose the applications and hardware components they want, helping them reduce dependencies on proprietary systems and future-proof them against costly technology changes down the road. Despite economic fluctuations, Huai and his team at FalconStor have enjoyed steady growth and ongoing profitability. Armed with a strong balance sheet, FalconStor is continuing to build a business infrastructure that facilitates the establishment of strategic partnerships and delivery of first-class services and support. FalconStor was included in Forbes’ 2008 list of America’s 25 Fastest Growing Technology Companies, and Huai was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, instead of laying off employees to cut expenses, Huai invested in further developing and marketing FalconStor solutions, creating jobs and stimulating commerce on Long Island and beyond. Huai’s entrepreneurial spirit of innovation is pervasive throughout FalconStor. It is this spirit that drives the entire company to develop flexible and efficient technology solutions that address real-world customer needs. The end result of his leadership translates into a first-class business that creates award-winning products that consistently garner industry accolades and have won the loyalty of thousands of customers worldwide.
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