Dan Hagen, '78

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After earning a BS in Ag. Eng. Tech. from Cornell while having the opportunity to play Div. I football with the Big Red, Dan set off on a career that would see him make significant achievements in scientific innovation and entrepreneurial business development. As a young college graduate, he worked for over 3 years in CA and Prudhoe Bay, AK overseeing the construction and installation of crude oil processing facilities with Peter Kiewit Sons Co., for SOHIO. After a brief return back home where he worked at Batavia Farm Equipment, Dan and some fellow Cornell alumni started a company, International Process Systems that developed an innovative technology for converting organic wastes into marketable compost. The company grew to have over 30 worldwide facilities and was eventually purchased by a larger company, Wheelabrator Technologies. Dan stayed on as VP & GM for several years before leaving to take on an executive role with BDP Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of solids dewatering and composting equipment. At BDP, Dan managed all facets of the business and developed and implemented a strategic growth plan for the company. In 1999, Dan pursued his 3rd entrepreneurial venture as a business development executive, joining Ecovation, Inc., a leader of technology for treatment and conversion of high strength organic waste streams into renewable energy. The company since has implemented numerous waste to energy systems for fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. During his career, Dan has earned two U.S. patents for his innovations with composting systems and finished among the top students in his MBA class at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. In his spare time he volunteers in his community as a coach for basketball, baseball and the Odyssey of the Mind program in addition to acting as Treasurer of the Walworth Shores Association in his hometown of Skaneateles, NY, where he resides with his wife and three children.