Philip Schneider, is co-founder, president, and chief technology officer of La Salle Concepts. He graduated cum laude with his BS in electrical engineering and is currently pursuing his MS and PhD in electrical engineering at the University at Buffalo. As a member of the university’s Sensor and Micro-actuators Learning Lab, Phil’s current research includes the development of new healthcare-related wearable technologies for point of care applications, the use of biometric technologies in the mobile consumer market, and the creation of state-of-the-art test phantoms for medical sensor testing and validation. Phil has a true passion for bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to the local community. He is the founder of Project FIS, an ongoing effort to inspire and motivate underrepresented students in the field of STEM through hands-on, high energy, interactive science experiments. In addition, he mentors a FIRST Robotics team at Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and is part of the Westminster Charter School initiative, where he teaches science classes to K-2nd graders. He serves as an engineering teaching assistant, and is vice president of the department’s Graduate Student Association at UB. He aspires to be a successful business owner, bridging his backgrounds in science and technology with his business acumen to directly contribute to the economic resurgence in the Western New York region.