About CASE

CASE, a NYSTAR-designated Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), helps companies identify faculty collaborators, set up university research contracts, hire talented students, network with other high tech businesses, find technology to commercialize, and bring it to market.

Leverage the Capabilities of a Top-Tier Research University

Whether you are a recent start-up, an established regional company, or part a multi-national corporation, CASE puts the resources of Syracuse University to work to grow your business. We can help you set up university-industry research and development collaborations; engage talented students; deliver customized technology workshops and short-courses; host networking events; pursue funding opportunities; commercialize technology; facilitate access to University resources.

CASE connects you with expertise, research, and applications in:

  • “Big Data,” data fusion, data mining, advanced analytics, predictive analysis
  • Modeling and visualization, situation awareness
  • Cybersecurity, data and network assurance
  • Autonomy, UAVs/drones
  • Blockchain
  • “Smart” video, image analysis
  • Control systems design
  • Intelligent computing
  • Sensor networks and management
  • Microwave systems and antenna design
  • Communication systems and networks
  • “Smart” systems, “smart” grid, “smart” manufacturing
  • Internet of Things

Our Mission is to catalyze growth in the high-technology economy of New York State by fusing technical competency with industry-specific knowledge to advance applications of complex behavioral, information and communication systems.


Our staff is here to assist you in connecting with faculty expertise, student talent, and the many resources and opportunities available at Syracuse University.

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Pramod Varshney

2-212 Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse University

Pramod K. Varshney received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science (with highest honors) and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972, 1974, and 1976 respectively.

During 1972-76, he held teaching and research assistantships at the University of Illinois. Since 1976, he has been with Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY where he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He served as the Associate Chair of the department during 1993-96. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. His current research interests are in distributed sensor networks and data fusion, detection and estimation theory, wireless communications, image processing, radar signal processing and remote sensing. He has published extensively. He is the author of Distributed Detection and Data Fusion, published by Springer-Verlag in 1997. He has served as a consultant to several major companies.

While at University of Illinois, Dr. Varshney was a James Scholar, a Bronze Tablet Senior, and a Fellow. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and is the recipient of the 1981 ASEE Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award. He was elected to the grade of Fellow of the IEEE in 1997 for his contributions in the area of distributed detection and data fusion. He was the guest editor of the special issue on data fusion of the Proceedings of the IEEE, January 1997. In 2000, he receive the Third Millennium Medal from the IEEE and Chancellor’s Citation for exceptional academic achievement at Syracuse University. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2012 Judith A. Resnik Award, the degree of Doctor of Engineering honoris causa by Drexel University in 2014, and ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from UIUC in 2015. He served as a distinguished lecturer for the AES society of the IEEE and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. He was the President of International Society of Information Fusion during 2001.

Peter Zaehringer

Peter Zaehringer

Deputy Director
2-212 Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse University

Peter Zaehringer is an economic and business development professional with over 20 years of national and international experience. Most recently Peter was Vice President, Economic Development, with the Greater Green Bay Chamber (GGBC). At GGBC, Peter was the catalytic force that brought together over 300 regional stakeholders to develop the region’s first comprehensive economic development strategy focused on innovation and business/talent retention and attraction. Due to the vast and enthusiastic support from the region’s public and private sector leaders for the strategy, the community gained approval from the University of Wisconsin system to open the region’s first engineering school at UW Green Bay and attracted a globally competitive innovation destination, TitletownTech, a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft. Peter also directed the Advance Business Development Center, a business and manufacturing incubator.

Prior to joining GGBC, Peter served as Executive Director at the Erie County (Ohio) Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC). At ECEDC, Peter contributed to the local economy by making regional collaboration and business retention efforts a top priority by implementing the Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (RISE) program in partnership with Bowling Green State University, Firelands; securing state incentives and financing for attraction and expansion projects; and formalizing of a tri-county partnership for enhanced regional coordination of emerging industry clusters.

As the Economic Development Administrator under the Summit County Executive’s Office in Akron, Ohio, Peter conceptualized the Economic Development Task Force and established Summit County’s Foreign Direct Investment policy. In Philadelphia, PA., Peter was the Director of Business Development, Planning and Marketing for CGFNS International, a company providing credentialing for foreign-educated healthcare professionals. He also served as a regional sales manager for various financial corporations such as CIT, Dollar Bank, and Key Bank.

Born in Germany, Peter’s hobbies include flying and beta testing aviation software.

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David C. DiMaggio

Program Manager
2-212 Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse University

David DiMaggio is Program Manager of the Syracuse University CASE Center Industry Co-Op program. His extensive background includes experience with employers and college career centers to develop recruiting strategies to facilitate the connection between college students and local employers. He is active with professional trade organizations and various economic development agencies in the promotion of college internship programs. Upon his retirement from GE in October 2004 after 25 years of service, David has served in various roles to assist college students in their career preparation. He served as Interim Director of the Clarkson University Career Center during the 2005 Fall Semester and is a frequent panelist on college and high school career forums.

He was Manager of Education and Development at GE Supply, a division of the General Electric Company. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of training and professional leadership programs for the 2500+ employees of GE Supply. He was responsible for recruiting and university relations at several colleges and universities across the US. In addition, David was s the Program Manager for the Distribution and Sales Program, an entry-level leadership development program at GE Supply.

David, a native of Rome NY, attended Clarkson University and Utica College where he majored in Mathematics.

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Mary Ellen Gilbert

Associate Director, Finance and Administration
2-212 Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse University

Mary Ellen Gilbert has over 13 years of experience at Syracuse University, including Budget Manager for the Syracuse Center of Excellence/Environmental Finance Center and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in the College of Engineering. She was also a Research Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs, supporting the Colleges of Engineering and Architecture, CASE, Center of Excellence and University College, providing both pre- and post-award assistance to those faculty.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, she was self-employed, providing extensive business support services (payroll, AR/AP and financial reporting through trial balance) to a variety of small NYS companies.

As Associate Director of Finance and Administration, Mary Ellen will draw on this experience to assist CASE with financial reporting to our NYSTAR sponsor, as well as management of the financial records for the Incubator and Co-Op.

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Marilyn D. Polosky

Assistant Director of Operations
2-212 Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse University

Marilyn brings broad experience working with a variety of companies to her role at CASE. Marilyn manages CASE’s incubator, works with students and faculty, and assists with all aspects of CASE’s day to day operations.

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Ian Joyce

Lab Manager
2-212 Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse University

Ian manages our prototype development lab. He unofficially started his career at CASE by piloting drones for an adjunct professor. He has a background in mechanical and electrical systems maintenance, and has a passion for RC equipment, specifically UAV’s. He is an accomplished UAV pilot and a certified Remote Pilot with the FAA. He works with students, faculty, and CASE industry partners to assist with prototype design and construction, 3-D printing, electronics, circuit board milling, and piloting drones for research.

Our History

CASE has been a NYSTAR-designated New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) since 1984, bringing together traditional academic strengths in research and education to promote strong university-industry interaction and generate positive economic impact across New York State and beyond. CASE works with over 60 companies nationwide, leveraging nearly $1M in annual state investment with required $1.25M matching funds from industry. The Center’s total economic impact, as measured by the state over the last 20 years has been over $500M, growing businesses and bringing new revenues, jobs and investment to New York State.