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New president named at FIRST

MANCHESTER - Don Bossi, a successful technology executive, has been named president of FIRST, the robotics competition created by Manchester inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest in science and technology.

Bossi has had a 20-year career with several high technology companies, primarily in the field of fiber optics. His appointment is effective May 22.<br /><br />Bossi started his career as a research scientist, first at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and then at United Technologies Research Center.<br /><br />
In 2005, he joined Technology Ventures Partners to work with their high-tech portfolio companies. While at the venture group, he served as the CEO of Aegis Lightware, and then as CEO of Inlet Technologies. Most recently, he served as the COO of CIDRA Holdings in Wallingford, Conn. <br /><br />
Bossi holds four U.S. patents and is the author of numerous technical presentations. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has completed executive education courses at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. <br /><br />
He served on the boards of directors of several privately held companies, and is also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.<br /><br />Bossi and his wife, Susan, who have one college-aged daughter, will relocate from Connecticut to New Hampshire.<br /><br />

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