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Industry Partners and SMEs


Industry Partners and SMEs will be posted prior to the competition.


An Industry Partner is key collaborator from OBG’s valued network of clients and partners. This individual provides invaluable insight and a keen understanding to respective problem statements and has committed to collaborating with SPARK competitors to brainstorm and problem solve throughout the competition.

National Grid

National Grid is one of the world's largest utilities, focused on delivering energy safely, efficiently, reliably and responsibly. National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner.
Collaborator(s): Mike Stanistreet, Clay Burns, Dylan Dean


Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 167-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.
Collaborator(s): Brett Cochran, Mike Smith


EagleHawk LLC uses sophisticated spatial analyses and aerial data acquisition to help our clients & communities exert positive growth through informed decision making. By employing a Geographic approach to problem solving, we are able to serve the vital needs of government agencies, businesses, non profits and the general public like no other.
Collaborator(s): Jonathan Byrd

Matt Brewing Co.

F.X. Matt Brewing Company is a family-owned brewery in Utica, New York. It is the fourth oldest family-owned brewery in the United States, having brewed beer since 1888. Its most popular product is the Saranac line of beers; soft drinks such as root beer and ginger beer are also sold.
Collaborator(s): Jim Kuhr


A Subject Matter Expert, also known as SME, is an individual with deep understanding of a particular topic. Through OBG's Thought Leadership Program, SMEs are selected to leverage their unique expertise to solve specific problems and help meet challenges.

OBG, Part of Ramboll

As of January 1, 2019, OBG is proud to be part of Ramboll. Ramboll is a highly purpose-driven company with strong fundamentals and represents the same client- and people-centric focus that you have come to expect from OBG.

Our combined resources bring our North American presence to 2,000 experts across more than 70 offices.

Together, we offer our clients enhanced, multidisciplinary solutions from front-end consultancy to back-end engineering, project delivery and design-build services.
Subject Matter Experts: Chris Marinucci, Mohammad Nikkhah Mojdehi, Tim Erwin, Mark Jones, Danielle Popov, Joe Segretto, Nicki Carfi, Jason Newton, Mike Kingsley


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