Looking Up

It began with a fanciful pact between two close highschool classmates at Thousand Island Central School that they would be on the first manned mission to Mars. “Space exploration was moving fast,” explained Lisabeth Moore Kissner, Instructor and Director of the Northcountry Planetarium at SUNY Plattsburgh. “Once the U.S. went to the moon, installed satellites read more



Motivating Inquiring Minds

We’ve all seen public service announcements promoting Math + Science=Success. The concept is something the Plattsburgh City School District (PCSD) values and that value can be seen across the school district. Recently I had a chance to sit down with some of the teachers in the district’s high school science department to dis- cuss what read more


It Takes A Strong Foundation

Judy Lemza believes that you need a good foundation to meet your goals, whether they are academic or made of real concrete. In her case, the foundations she’s concerned with support not a structure but its communications infrastructure: cabling, switches, software and hardware. Unless that infrastructure is well designed and properly constructed, there will be read more



Dr. John Ettling

HOMETOWN: Houston, Texas FAMILY: Wife, Lisa Lewis, two daughters and two granddaughters OCCUPATION: President, SUNY Plattsburgh Dr. John Ettling is no stranger to Strictly Business. He was featured in the magazine not long after he began his tenure as president of SUNY Plattsburgh in 2004, so it is only fitting that we once again profile read more


Hard Work Pays Off

In the field of engineering, only 14 percent of licensed professional engineers (PE) are women. One local woman, Amy Davies, is working to become one of them. Davies is a Peru, New York native and a graduate of the Peru Central School. She excelled in mathematics and science in high school but in her senior read more


Building The North Country

It was just about twenty years ago that Jeff LeRoy joined Jeffords Steel and Engineering in Plattsburgh. Born and raised in Malone, New York LeRoy attended Hudson Valley Community College and earned an Associate’s degree in Engineering, then went on to the State University of New York Environmental Forestry School to earn his Bachelor’s degree read more


Science In Action

When Tom Houle graduated from high school in Wells, Maine, he had no idea he would end up in law enforcement in northern New York. What he did know was he liked mechanics and wanted to work on airplanes — helicopters specifically — and the quickest path to his dream was the United States Air read more


March 2019

The world has changed dramatically since the technology revolution arrived in the late 1970s. Today, it is difficult to imagine our lives without computers, smart phones, apps, online shopping, and many of the other conveniences made possible by the men and women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations. While it is clear read more