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 and in Decision System Sciences at the Haub School of Business.
Corinne Jachelski, Intern
Corinne graduated magna cum laude from Clark University in 2015 with a degree in Global Environmental Studies. She is now pursuing her Masters in Environmental Science and Policy at Clark. Within the large realm of environmental science, Corinne is interested in the intersection between sustainability, health, and the built environment (i.e. walking and biking transit, reduction of resource and food waste, access to healthy food, reduction of energy across all sectors). Her goal for her Masters project is to plan a Bike Share program for Worcester. Corinne hopes to create tangible change in communities by implementing educational programs on healthy and sustainable lifestyle, connecting diverse groups to opportunities and resources, and bringing community back into the public realm. In her free time she is a yoga instructor at Clark, runs a food and sustainable lifestyle blog, and likes exploring nature and new restaurants.
16 Claremont Street
Michelle is a second year dual degree master’s student at Clark University pursuing a MBA and MS in Environmental Science and Policy. She is interested in exploring the ways businesses can adjust to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability in a changing world with finite resources. She is from the Worcester area and is especially excited to take part in the expansion of clean tech companies in the region. Michelle enjoys running and hiking in her free time. Outside of IES, she serves as the Vice President of External Relations for Clark’s Graduate Net Impact Chapter, where she connects the chapter with outside organizations and acts as the campus marketing representative for the national conference.