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Erb Institute alumni work all over the world and in every sector of society and maintain strong links to the Erb Institute, supporting our work by making donations, sponsoring research, collaborating on new projects, or by serving on the Institute’s External Advisory Board.

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Nicholas Cucinelli

CSquared Innovations, Inc.
MBA/MS Program 2005

Nick is the CEO of CSquared Innovations Inc., a U-M spinout commercializing additive manufacturing technologies which offer a cost effective and highly scalable "platform" approach to the synthesis of nanostructured materials and films for advanced batteries, capacitors, photovoltaics, and industrial coatings. Before joining CSquared, Nick was a Mentor in Residence for the U-M Office of Tech Transfer and Business Development Officer for Diverse Energy Ltd., a British fuel cell company working to replace diesel generators in off-grid cellular telecom base stations in developing countries. He also served as President and CEO of a publicly-traded energy tech incubator and as business development adviser to Energy Conversion Devices, where he worked on photovoltaics, NiMH batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and next-gen IT. Before joining the Erb Institute, Nick worked as a yacht delivery captain and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was named a “Coast Guard Hero” in 2000. He holds a B.S. (High Honors) in Marine & Environmental Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a 200-ton USCG captain’s license.

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Paul William Hardy

Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management, Latin America &
World Wildlife Fund
MBA/MS Program 1996

Paul is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management, Latin America & Caribbean Region. Prior to World Wildlife Fund, Paul was the Director of The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Partnership Program. He is based at the Conservancy's global headquarters in Arlington, VA. Paul is responsible for institutionalizing a partnership and alliance-building model throughout TNC so that the Conservancy's relationships with other NGOs, academic institutions, government agencies, private sector companies, etc. are set up to deliver results and managed professionally. Previously Paul was Director of Conservation for TNC's Caribbean Programs. He provided institutional strengthening services in such topics as strategic planning and developing a Board of Directors to partners in The Bahamas, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the US Virgin Islands. He began working with TNC immediately after graduating from UM as the Upper San Pedro Program Manager based along the Arizona/New Mexico border.

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Ira Shaughnessy

Susatainability Manager
The Dow Chemical Company
MBA/MS Program 2013

Ira joins the Erb Community with specific interest in Sustainability Strategy and International Development. Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana, Ira saw first hand how appropriately allocated time and funding can create significant environmental and social impact. Ira hopes to utilize his field experience and Erb education in bringing sustainable development to Base of the Pyramid markets. During his summers, Ira has added sustainability in both non-profit and private sectors. Most recently, Ira created a waste-to-energy model for The Dow Chemical Company.

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