October 23, 2019 - 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
214 Slocum Hall
Join us for an Engineering Meets Business presentation by Chuck Stormon ’83, G’86, the CEO of Acumen Detection. Acumen’s technology allows dairy farmers to definitively detect contagious pathogens in their herds earlier—and more accurately—than ever before. It allows farmers to improve the health of their cows and optimize milk production.
Stormon’s presentation will be preceded by a brief Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s List Recognition Ceremony. A reception in the Slocum Hall Atrium will follow his presentation.
Stormon has cofounded six successful companies and a venture fund for seed-stage startups. His background includes executive leadership positions in both public and private companies, research, engineering, board directorships, and faculty at Syracuse University and LeMoyne College.
Years before he had any inclinations to serve dairy farmers, he was mastering computer engineering at Syracuse University. He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and had started his Ph.D. course work when his entrepreneurial side took over. He halted work on his Ph.D. and started a company based on an artificial intelligence chip that he had designed in grad school. It was the first of his many successful companies.
His wealth of experience ultimately led him to his current position as CEO of Acumen, which indirectly brought him full circle back to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Acumen’s headquarters are in the Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE) alongside many of the college’s research labs and industry partners. Professor Edward A. Bogucz, a former dean of the college, is the founding executive director of the CoE. Another former dean, Professor Laura Steinberg, now serves as the CoE’s interim executive director. Acumen also has lab space in Upstate Medical University’s Central New York Biotech Accelerator, whose proximity and partnership with the CoE form the Central New York Innovation Crossroads.
Stormon credits his experiences at Syracuse University with setting him on the successful career trajectory that he enjoys today. As a student, he was mentored by Professor and Dean Emeritus Brad Strait ’58, G’60, G’65, who taught him about the importance of win-win partnerships between researchers and industry through the Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University. CASE’s mission inspired Stormon, and Strait’s support was formative for him as a young entrepreneur.
He says, “I think Syracuse University does great work in the area of entrepreneurship. CASE helped me on my entrepreneurial journey and now new activities around entrepreneurship, like the Blackstone Launchpad and the [email protected] invention accelerators, carry on in that tradition. Entrepreneurship is an important part of any effective education ecosystem, and Syracuse University has properly made it central to their mission. I’m proud to live and work in a community of committed individuals who give of themselves daily to pay-it-forward and create the entrepreneurial ecosystem we enjoy today.”
Stormon’s appearance at Syracuse University is part of the ongoing Engineering Meets Business lecture series made possible by a gift from Muss Akram ‘10.