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Sizzling Summer Pittsburgh Tech News RoundUp!

Sizzling Summer Pittsburgh Tech News RoundUp!

Article Published: June 22, 2017

Compunetics and Circuits, LLC Announce Acquisition

Compunetics, Inc. concluded an agreement with Circuits, LLC to acquire the assets of Circuits, LLC. Circuits, LLC is a flexible printed circuit board manufacturer located in Murrysville, Pa.

Compunetics has positioned itself as a manufacturer and supplier of rigid, flexible and rigid-flex printed circuit boards for the defense, aerospace, communication, high speed computing, medical and semiconductor markets. This agreement will extend its PCB design and manufacturing capabilities and expand the range of its product offerings.

The scale of flexible circuit board manufacturing of Circuits will complement the printed circuit board expertise of Compunetics and will broaden the potential growth of the company as a whole.

“This arrangement represents an exciting opportunity for both organizations,” commented Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, Compunetics President and CEO. “The two product lines complement one another and will offer our customers a greater ability to implement advanced design architectures.”

“We are proud to become a member of this corporate family,” adds Mr. Adeodato Vigano, CEO and President, Circuits, LLC. “Compunetics solutions, personnel, and customer base expand our ability to deliver compelling products and services into our market segments.”

The University of Pittsburgh Chooses Othot’s Predictive Analytics Platform for Freshman Enrollment

Othot LLC announced that the University of Pittsburgh has adopted Othot’s predictive modeling software to help better shape the class and optimize its marketing dollars and enrollment resources.

Pitt has used a variety of predictive analytics methods and tools, but none of them allowed Pitt’s enrollment team to drill down to an individual student’s profile and likelihood to enroll; furthermore, the vendor solutions they’d previously engaged with were highly complex so training was time intensive. So Pitt’s Chief Enrollment Officer Marc Harding worked in partnership with Othot to develop predictive modeling software that their people could use ‘right out of the box:’ a cloud-based real-time platform that would be intuitive and easy for both leadership and enrollment services managers to use.

In addition, Harding liked that the Othot product would offer both predictive analytics (what is the likelihood of a student to enroll) AND prescriptive analytics (how to change the outcome: which specific actions are likely to increase the probability of a specific student -- or a segment of students -- to enroll). The prescriptive “What If?” probabilities are based on candidates’ background and behaviors and Pitt’s historical data.

“I wanted a solution that our recruiters could use right out of the box and, based on what they see, take immediate action,” explains Harding. “There’s plenty of predictive modeling out there: you get a score, but what can you do with it? Othot allows our enrollment services managers and staff to look at a score and then run “What If?” scenarios to see what direct actions could increase that score.”

A2U CEO named to national, executive healthcare IT boards

A2U CEO, Dan Dillman has been named to the board for two premier healthcare technology groups: Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA)and Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT). Both groups are affiliated with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME),an industry-leading professional organization of 2,300 CIOs and other executive-level healthcare IT members.

“It’s an honor to be handpicked for this leadership role within CHIME’s affiliated organizations, supporting the healthcare technology industry’s executive community,” said Dan Dillman, CEO, A2U.

In addition, A2U has been selected as an AEHIA Foundation Partner and AEHIT Foundation Partner. This is an exclusive opportunity to network with senior IT leaders, enjoyed by a very small number of healthcare IT companies in the nation.

CMIT Solutions Launches Technology Revolution in South Pittsburgh

CMIT Solutions is launching a technology revolution in Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

Making a name as a top provider of information technology (IT) services to small and medium-sized businesses, CMIT opened a new office in Pittsburgh, serving the South Hills and surrounding area. Local business owners and management can access flat rate, around-the-clock, maintenance and monitoring solutions.

“Small and medium-sized businesses throughout Pittsburgh that have felt the pain of productivity coming to a halt when their computers, networks and servers fail them — or are simply unhappy with their current or former IT service provider — need look no further,” said Zen Piotrowski, President of CMIT Solutions of Pittsburgh South. “These businesses will now have access to a full-time IT staff they can trust, at prices they can afford.”

Piotrowski has more than 30 years of technology, business management, and software development experience in the healthcare, insurance, banking, financial services, retail, and manufacturing industries as well as with local government and public sector accounts.

GrayMatter and DC Water Launch Smart Drinking Fountains

GrayMatter and DC Water created a drinking fountain that monitors water quality and flow in real time – giving users more confidence in the water they are drinking and saving money spent on maintenance and testing. The groundbreaking co-innovation project addresses lead levels -- one of the most pressing issues in water.

“This project redefines public water consumption, putting people and clean water first,” said Jim Gillespie, GrayMatter CEO “DC Water is committed to providing safe and affordable drinking water to our customers.  We initiated this project to help develop a drinking water fountain that can deliver real-time information about water quality for our customers, with special emphasis on lead, and for a fountain that can be used initially in schools, hospitals, day-cares and other similar institutions.” 

George Hawkins, DC Water CEO and General Manager said the new tech-fountains have sensors that use real-time data and analytics to monitor both water quality and flow levels, sending that information to the cloud and back, alerting when water quality measurements begin to deteriorate. Alerts are sent by text or email to a water manager.

Covestro LLC President to Co-Lead Sustainable Pittsburgh’s ‘CEOs for Sustainability’ Initiative

Jerry MacCleary, President of Covestro LLC, has been named co-chair and Covestro a founding partner of “CEOs for Sustainability,” an initiative of Sustainable Pittsburgh aimed at helping companies throughout Southwest Pennsylvania improve their sustainable business performance and understand the link between it, their financial performance and regional quality of life.  

Covestro is helping lead the way as a company that has put sustainability at the center of its business and innovation strategy.  

By subscribing to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit (3Ps), Covestro uses a balanced approach to develop products and processes that improve people’s lives, help conserve the planet and move the company’s business forward. Covestro is at the forefront of companies who are basing their sustainable growth on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  For example, it has committed to tie 85 percent of all its R&D to one or more of the goals by 2025.  


Optimus Technologies has been selected as a participant in the 2017 Cleantech Open Accelerator Program, which commences with a National Academy on June 26th and 27th in Boston, MA.

This year, Cleantech Open will have 31 teams participating in the Northeast region of the accelerator program. This year’s class includes representatives from all eight Cleantech Open categories. Learn more about the 2017 cohort here. Cleantech Open’s Accelerator Program gives entrepreneurs and startups focusing on the development of clean technologies a chance to accelerate their business development process through access to mentorship, training, and visibility. 

Upon completion of the program, participants will showcase their service(s) and/or product(s) and will have the opportunity to compete in a pitch competition. “We are honored to be chosen to participate in the Cleantech Open. It will be a great privilege to learn from the program’s world-class mentors and exciting to share ideas with fellow companies who are developing green solutions for our planet’s economic and environmental challenges,” said Alex Keim of Optimus Technologies.


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