Leaders, Partners and Advocates

UB Blockchain ThinkLab is a collaboratory involving faculty, students, staff, entrepreneurs and industry representatives who are passionate about blockchain technology.

An informal group guides the process, helping to create courses, host presentations, develop hackathons and build industry/university relations. While not necessarily listed among the organizing group, several deans and administrative leaders support the initiative and have assisted with the implementation of courses, events and projects.


Bina Ramamurthy

I am a Research Associate Professor at University at Buffalo, Computer Science and Engineering Department. I have been involved in the STEM area research, curriculum development and instruction for the past two decades. My current interest is in blockchain application development.

I also teach courses in data-intensive computing and emerging applications and platforms such as Hadoop, Spark and Tensorflow. I am the Program Director of the SUNY approved certificate program on Data-intensive Computing at University at Buffalo. I have been the Principal Investigator on four National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and a co-investigator in six Instructional Innovative Instructional Technology grants (SUNY-IITG).

Supporting UB Blockchain ThinkLab

Blockchain ThinkLab excites and attracts technology-minded thinkers from industry, community and the university. These business executives, entrepreneurs, students, faculty and staff support the ThinkLab as it explores the opportunities in blockchain technologies.

Industry / Community Advocates Directory

Mandar Bhilegaonkar

Systems Analyst, Information Systesm

Rich Products

One Robert Rich Way, Buffalo

Phone: (716) 878-8491

Email: MBhilegaonkar@rich.com

Judy Feldman

EVP, Chief Information Officer

ValueCentric, LLC

23 Cobham Drive, Orchard Park

Phone: (716) 972-1684

Email: judy.feldman@valuecentric.com

John Gavigan

Chief Operations Officer


640 Ellicott St., Suite 108

Phone: (716) 579-1951

Email: johntgavigan@gmail.com

Chaitanya Khaladkar

Solutions Architect

Nihilent Inc.

Phone: (515) 710-2725

Email: chaitanya.khaladkar@nihilentinc.com

Mike LaManna

Vice President; Enterprise Architecture, Manager, User Experience and Design

M&T Bank

Phone: (716) 392-0246

Email: mlamanna@mtb.com

Kai Lei

Tech Director

IntelliShare Lab

Phone: (716) 817-4434

Email: klei@intellishare.io

Kumar Madurai

Principal Consultant / Solutions Manager, Technology Services


Phone: (716) 888-3697

Email: kumar.madurai@ctg.com

Dan Magnuszewski

Co-founder & CTO

ACV Auctions

640 Ellicott St., Suite 108

Phone: (716) 480-3010

Email: dan@acvauctions.com

Sam Marrazzo

Chief Innovation Officer

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

640 Ellicott Street

Phone: (716) 854-2662

Email: smarrazzo@bnmc.org

Larry Megan

Director, Praxair Digital


175 East Park Drive, Tonawanda

Phone: (716) 879-2061

Email: larry_megan@praxair.com

Paul Neubecker


SBNY / Z80 Labs

640 Ellicott St., Suite 108

Phone: (716) 845-7528

Email: paul.n@seedcp.com; paul.n@z80labs.com

Joe Peters

Co-founder, Blockchain Buffalo; Managing Partner, Peters Capital

Jim Regenor

Business Unit Director, Transformative Technologies

Moog Inc.

Aircraft Group, Plant 3, 160 Jamison Rd., Elma, NY

Phone: 716-687-4412

Email: jregenor@gmail.com

George Small

Chief Technology Officer

Moog, Inc.

Jon Spitz

Managing Director

Z80 Labs

640 Ellicott St.

Phone: (716) 845-0606

Email: jon@z80labs.com

Jeffrey Stevens

Manager, ERP System and Application Support

Rich Products

UB Organizing Committee Members Directory

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Brice Bible

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

CIO Office

517 Capen

Phone: (716) 645-7979

Email: bible@buffalo.edu

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Melanie Bunch

Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

905 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 881-7529

Email: mbunch@buffalo.edu

Kim Diana Connolly

Professor; Dir. of Clinical Legal Education; Dir. of the Advocacy Institute; Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Education

Law School

519 O'Brian Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2092

Email: kimconno@buffalo.edu

Thomas Cusick


Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: (716) 645-8801

Email: cusick@buffalo.edu

Anirban Dutta

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences

Phone: (716) 645-9161; 829-3141

Email: anirband@buffalo.edu

Peter Elkin

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biomedical Informatics; Professor of Internal Medicine; Professor of Surgery; Professor of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

77 Goodell St., Suite 540

Phone: elkinp@buffalo.edu

Veljko Fotak

Assistant Professor

Finance Dept., School of Management

236 Jacobs Management Center

Phone: (716) 645-1541

Email: veljkofo@buffalo.edu

Tom Furlani


Center for Computational Research

701 Ellicott Street, B1-122 (Downtown Campus)

Phone: (716) 881-8939

Email: Furlani@ccr.buffalo.edu

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Sam Guercio

Senior Systems Administrator

Center for Computational Research

701 Ellicott Street

Phone: (716) 881-8929

Email: sguercio@ccr.buffalo.edu

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Nick Lane

Corporate and Foundation Relations Associate

Office of Development

901 Kimball Tower, Room 916

Phone: (716) 881-8051

David Murray

Clinical Associate Professor

Management Science and Systems, School of Management

284 Jacobs Management Center

Phone: (716) 645-3249

Email: djmurray@buffalo.edu

Carol O'Connell.

Carol O'Connell

Director, Office of Research Advancement

Research and Economic Development

UB Commons, Suite 114

Phone: (716) 645-1758

Email: caroloco@buffalo.edu

Christina Orsi

Associate Vice President

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

516 Capen

Phone: (716) 645-03222

Email: cporsi@buffalo.edu

Bina Ramamurthy

Teaching Associate Professor / Research Associate Professor

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

345 Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3182

Email: bina@buffalo.edu

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Anne Reed

Director of Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges

Office of the Graduate School

106Q Capen

Phone: (716) 645-1357

Email: annereed@buffalo.edu

George (Larry) Sanders

Chair, Professor

Management Science and Systems Dept., School of Management

325 G Jacobs Management Center

Phone: (716) 645-2373

Email: mgtsand@buffalo.edu

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Larry Schnitzer

Associate Director Enterprise Infrastructure

Enterprise Infrastructure Services

305c Computing Center

Phone: (716) 645-3031

Email: lps@buffalo.edu

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Lisa Stephens

Asst. Dean for Digital Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation

Phone: (716) 645-6522

Email: stephens@buffalo.edu

Moises Sudit

Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs and Commercialization

Research and Economic Development

UB Commons, Suite 211

Phone: (716) 645-2423

Email: Sudit@buffalo.edu

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Sean Sullivan

Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Budget

Office of Academic Planning

560 Capen

Phone: (716) 645-2287

Email: sps@buffalo.edu

Shambhu Upadhyaya

Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education; Director, CEISARE

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

329 Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3183

Email: shambhu@buffalo.edu

Brian Wolfe

Assistant Professor

Finance Dept., School of Management

264 Jacobs Management Center

Phone: (716) 645-3260

Email: bawolfe@buffalo.edu