Vincentian Innovation Summit

"Advancing Lives of Dignity through our values"

Vincentian Innovation Summit

The St. John’s University Vincentian Innovation Summit is a one day event, where various offices from all over the university come together to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship in the scope of advancing the lives of the marginalized.

This special summit has a unique focus on social entrepreneurship and the day will celebrate the scholarship and achievements of those who have worked on and implemented solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues that impact our world today. 

St. John’s University’s Vincentian Innovation Summit Information:
Date: April 17, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: D'Angelo Center, 416AB
Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Summit Information

Winslow Sargeant, Ph.D.
Fmr. Chief Counsel for Advocacy in the US Small Business Administration

Dr. Winslow Sargeant is Managing Director of S&T, LLC, a firm supporting investment and business development for early-stage growth companies in cybersecurity, energy, communications, capital formation, and education. From 2010-2015, he served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy in the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. President Obama appointed him to this positon in August 2010. He was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in November 2011. From 2006-2010, Dr. Sargeant served as Managing Director for Venture Investors, LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm in Madison, Wisconsin. He served as Program Manager from 2001-2005 at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Office. Prior to NSF, Dr. Sargeant co-founded Aanetcom, a fabless semiconductor chip company. He served as Associate Adjunct Professor in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Sargeant earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. He is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 11).

Max Hergenrother
Adjunct Associate Professor
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Max Hergenrother lives and works in New York City, providing quality commissioned Illustration and graphic art solutions for various print, web, and video related companies.  He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at St. John's University and an Art Instructor at the Nassau County Museum of Arts.  Max Hergenrother is represented by The July Group

Nayan Solanki '18Ph.D.
Doctoral Student
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Nayan is a Doctoral Student at St. John’s University, his research focus is on Melt Extrusion and 3-D Printing. He also has 3 publications, one of which focuses on the Investigation of Thermal and Viscoelastic Properties of Polymers Relevant to Hot Melt Extrusion. Mr Solanki was awarded the Manufacturing Science and Engineering (MSE) Travelship Award in 2015.

Basilio Monteiro, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean and Associate Professor
College of Professional Studies

Basilio Monteiro, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communication, and Director of the Graduate Program International Communication at St. John’s University, NY. His specialization is in the area of International Communication, and teaches Communication and Global Development, Media and Public Policy, Media and the Politics of Peacebuilding, Media and Human Rights, Media and Public Diplomacy, Ethics in Digital Ecology among other related subjects. His area of research, besides his academic area, covers ICT and the internationalization of human rights, education and social justice, social media in conflict zones, media and sustainable development goals, communication and theology, education in globalized economy, the role of humanities in information/knowledge economy.

Mark Juszczak, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Professional Studies

Dr. Juszczak comes to St. John’s University as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Mass Communication. He earned his Ed.D. in organizational innovation, with a focus on cognition, search, and knowledge creation, from Teachers College at Columbia University. He holds a master’s degree from Warsaw University in international politics with a focus on the intersection of advanced technology innovation and politics. He was a visiting researcher at The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland, and has taught courses in public relations and communications at St. John’s University for the past three years. Dr. Juszczak has worked as a strategic consultant for more than 15 years in two areas: research and development consulting and international organizational development and communication for a broad range of SMEs and Fortune 500s. Within research and development consulting, he has worked broadly in computational research strategies for companies and public sector organizations in the United States, Europe, and the Gulf Cooperation Council. His academic research interests fall into two areas: applied epistemology (genetic phenomenology, perception, and its impact on systems, cognitive search heuristics, sourcing diversity, and stochastic approaches to problem solving) and, in communications, emergent technologies of search and exploration.

Katia Passerini, Ph.D., PMP
College of Professional Studies

Katia Passerini, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University, where she also holds a Professor appointment in the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science. Dr. Passerini was the Hurlburt Chair and Professor of Management Information Systems, Martin Tuchman School of Management (2003-2016), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She held a joint appointment in the Information Systems (IS) Department in the College of Computing Sciences. She served as Dean for the Albert Dorman Honors College (2013-16).

Her research interests are focused on understanding macro-economic drivers of knowledge management, studying wireless broadband applications and industry trends; and, computer-supported learning and education.


Subject to Change:

Breakfast: 8:30am

- Invocation: 9:05 am – 9:10 am

  • Rev. Michael J. Cummins, C.M. 

Opening: 9:15 am – 9:30 am

  • Rev. Patrick Griffin, C.M. 

Session 1: 9:35 am – 10:35 am 

  • Speaker: Winslow Sargeant

  • Title: “Improving Students’ Employability Through Entrepreneurship and Innovation” 

  • Moderator: Luca Iandoli, Ph.D. 

Session 2: 10:40 am – 11:40 am

  • Speaker: Max Hergenrother and Nayan Solaki

  • Title: “Democratizing Access to Healthcare Through Digital Technology: The Case of 3D Printing”

  • Moderator: Dr. Marc E. Gillespie

Session 3: Open Forum Discussion 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

  • Speaker: Mark Juszczak, Ed.D. and Basilio Monteiro, Ph.D.

  • Title: “Our Future in Innovation, A discussion on the future of innovation at St. John's" 

Closing Remarks: 12:50 pm – 1:10 pm

  • Speaker: Katia Passerini, Ph.D., PMP, Dean, College of Professional Studies, St. John's University

  • Title: Disruptive Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Lunch: 1:15 pm 

Kevin James
St. Augustine Hall, Second Floor
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