Don Scipione, PhD
Don Scipione, PhD, is a scientist and entrepreneur who volunteers extensively in the fields of education, the performing arts, international trade, workforce development and economic development.
A pioneer in software development, Don founded Acme Express, Inc. in 1980 in order to develop business optimization software for personal computers. He commercialized applications for transportation, staff scheduling, fiscal management, customer relationship management and K-3 education with customers in 40 countries. Don was an early proponent of using the Internet for business and developed one of the first cloud-based software applications, which was released in 1999. Over the past decade, Don has focused his research and development efforts on sustainability issues of wind, solar and CO2 capture.
Don earned a Ph.D. from University of California at San Diego, where he was a student of Oreste Piccioni specializing in experimental elementary particle physics. He has been a researcher with the General Atomic Division of General Dynamics, the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has been awarded innovation grants from Ohio Third Frontier, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Research Resources, the National Institute for Nursing Research, the National Library of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.