Joseph Bush, PhD, Executive Director
16 Claremont Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Dr. Joseph Bush is a scientist, manager, and entrepreneur who is passionate about leveraging technology to improve our standard of living, while bringing our ecological impact inline with regional and global carrying capacities.
A Massachusetts native, Dr. Bush completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 at WPI. He then completed his PhD in 2010 at Brown University in Physical Chemistry developing spectroscopic techniques for the determination of the folding structure of biomolecules under Professor Peter Weber. This led him to post-doctoral work in Brown’s Physics Department with Professor Derek Stein, during which Dr. Bush constructed a nano-pore based ion source mass spectrometer for single-molecule DNA sequencing. This work was initially funded by the NHGRI $1000 Genome initiative and subsequently licensed by Oxford Nanopore. At the same time, Dr. Bush served as a technology consultant for the Brown Technology Transfer Office.
Most recently, Dr. Bush served as the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) at the Bronx Community College of CUNY. There, Dr. Bush developed curricula around energy infrastructure, sustainability science and life cycle assessment, while raising money for and coordinating an IREC accredited solar energy workforce training program. His endeavors at the CSE also included mentoring student research projects–modeling building efficiency and developing and deploying remote sensing of urban microclimates. During this time he also served as the Entrepreneurial Lead for an NSF I-Corps team, which has subsequently built the company, Illium Technologies, for the commercialization of lignin based ionic liquids.
Joe is eager to help fellow entrepreneurs as well as established businesses grow the regional green economy.
Kathryn Meng, Senior Program Advisor
Kathryn is a PhD candidate at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography. She has master’s degrees in International Development: Environment and Development, and in Geography. Kathryn’s research interests include sustainability, the financing and development of renewable energy, economic geography, and political ecology. These interests prompted her to join the IES team in 2014. Working at IES and focusing on clean tech incubation allows Kathryn to ground her academic interests in real world applications. In addition to her work at IES, Kathryn lectures in Geography at Clark University.
Kevin is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland – College Park studying finance and applied mathematics. He is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program within the Honors College at UMD, a living-learning program in which students work on reality-based projects related to starting and growing entrepreneurial ventures, often with a focus on social impact. In his first year at the University of Maryland, Kevin has worked closely with small businesses in the College Park area through the student-run organization called Consult Your Community. As a Worcester native, Kevin is excited to see the city’s growth as a center for clean technology and sustainable energy businesses. He looks forward to applying what he has learned so far and his passion for entrepreneurship to his work as an intern for IES this summer.