Successful Technology Executive Named President of FIRST®

  Successful Technology Executive Named President of FIRST®

 Don Bossi brings deep technical and management skills to the international,
                   afterschool, K-12 robotics organization

Business Wire

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- May 15, 2013

FIRST ^® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a
not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young
people’s interest and participation in science and technology, has announced
the appointment of Don Bossi as President of FIRST. The appointment was
announced today by the Co-Chairs of the FIRST Board of Directors, Sheri McCoy
and Bob Tuttle, and FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen, and is effective May 22.

Successful technology executive named President of FIRST; Don Bossi brings
deep technical and manage ...

Successful technology executive named President of FIRST; Don Bossi brings
deep technical and management skills to the international, afterschool, K-12
robotics organization (Photo: Business Wire)

“Don Bossi has a solid history of leadership in the business of technology
combined with a clear commitment to the objectives of FIRST. He has
successfully run big organizations, as well as small entrepreneurial
start-ups. He has the right combination of technical smarts, management
smarts, and people skills for FIRST,” said Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder.

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), he 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, Don 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.

“I’m very excited to join FIRST, since I believe so deeply in its mission. In
this role, I can help others discover the rewards of an education and career
in science and technology that I have enjoyed. I look forward to working with
the many volunteers and sponsors who have decided that FIRST is an excellent
investment for the future,” said Bossi.

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

Don and his wife, Susan, who have one college-aged daughter, will relocate
from Connecticut to New Hampshire. FIRST successfully utilized the firm of
Heidrick & Struggles during a thorough search process.

With the support of 120,000 volunteers and sponsors, more than 300,000 young
people, ages 6 to 18, participated in four programs during the 2012-2013 FIRST

About FIRST^®

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST^®  (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of
science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST
designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge,
and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in
science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the
Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the
not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST^® Robotics Competition (FRC^® )
for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST^® Tech Challenge (FTC^® ) for Grades 7-12;
FIRST^® LEGO^® League (FLL^® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST^® LEGO^®
League (Jr.FLL^®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism^® is a way of doing
things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and
respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

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