President of FIRST Robotics to Speak at Hartford District Event April 1, 2017 at Hartford Public High School

President of FIRST Robotics to Speak at Hartford District Event April 1, 2017 at Hartford Public High School

Don Bossi, President of FIRST robotics, will be coming to the Hartford District Event on Saturday April 1, 2017.

Dave Mangus, First Robotics coach at HPHS, recalls, “I met Don at a NEBHE conference about a year and a half ago. Don was the keynote speaker and I was on a presentation panel. I was able to have lunch with him.  That is where I asked him to come to our event. He was unable to come last year but this year when I asked,  he said that he would try to come if his health was okay and his schedule allowed it.  Don is an amazing speaker; he will be an inspiration to all of us.”

As President of FIRST, successful technology executive Donald E. Bossi brings deep technical and management skills to the organization. Bossi, who has excelled in a 20-year career with several high technology companies, primarily in the fiber optics field, is now anxious to give back and help develop the next generation of innovators.

Starting his career as a research scientist, first at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and then at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), Bossi was a part of an advanced project at UTRC which was acquired by JDS Uniphase (JDSU) and he moved to the new company. After a series of promotions at JDSU, he became Vice President and General Manager for JDSU Electro-Optics Products. The Division grew tenfold during his involvement there. Bossi next served as Group President of JDSU Active Components Group for two years, and then as Group President, JDSU Transmission Products Group for two years. In 2005, Bossi joined Technology Ventures Partners to work with their high-tech portfolio companies. While at the venture group, he served as the CEO of Aegis Lightware, Inc. and then as CEO of Inlet Technologies, positioning the company for a beneficial acquisition by Cisco. Most recently, Bossi served as the COO of CIDRA Holdings in Wallingford, Conn.

Bossi is the holder of four U.S. patents and author of numerous technical presentations. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has completed executive education courses at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He served on the Boards of Directors of several privately held companies, and is also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

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For more information, contact David Mangus, Science  and Engineering Teacher, FIRST Robotics Mentor, Green Team Mentor, Nepal Project Lead, Academy of Engineering and Green Technology