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Alumni Spotlight: Taking the leap, changing lives

Laura Boccanfuso describes her start-up, Van Robotics, as a leap of faith that challenged her and her family, but it was a passion for helping the most vulnerable of students that guaranteed she’d land comfortably on her feet.

The Ph.D. student turned CEO finished her doctorate in computer science at South Carolina in 2014. Boccanfuso then continued her research at Yale University, focusing on special needs children and their interaction with technology.


 “I realized that there was a real lack in the community and the marketplace of affordable technologies that could be used to intervene in these kids’ lives at an early age,” said Boccanfuso. “So, I decided in my last year at Yale to take the plunge, take the leap and start a start-up.”  Read the full article here.




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