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t r i s e e d Consultants Triangle Science, Education & Economic Development, LLC (TriSEED, LLC)



Triseed Consultants provides clients a support structure for research projects at educational institutions and national laboratories in the areas of research project development, technical advice, grant-writing, international scientific and engineering support, professional staff searches and conference planning.

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Triseed Consultants provides an array of educational services including scientific lectures, eBooks, development of marketing materials, STEM services, vocational education, curriculum development, Web development, and teacher training.

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Economic Development

Triseed Consultants develops programs for governments and private companies in the areas of workforce development, business start-up and management, marketing, grant-writing, commercial and residential development, and more.

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W. Estella JohnsonEJohnson@TriSEEDConsultants.com

Managing Principal Partner

Ms. Johnson served for eleven years as Director of the Economic Development Division within the Community Development Department for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  As Director, she was responsible for a wide range of economic development activities designed to meet the needs of a diversified and thriving urban community that is anchored by Harvard University and MIT.  The Division operated a variety of programs, such as commercial district revitalization, entrepreneurial development, and the promotion and preservation of a strong employment base.

Prior to joining the City of Cambridge, Ms. Johnson spent nine years as President and CEO of the Gate City Community Development Corporation, which led the revitalization of the community surrounding Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. Previously, she served as Assistant Commissioner of Economic Development for the City of Chicago, a senior management analyst for Continental Illinois National Bank, and as an academic counselor and admissions officer for the University of Rochester.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed Ms. Johnson to the Board of MassDevelopment, which works with businesses, nonprofits, and local, state, and federal agencies to strengthen the Massachusetts economy.  She currently serves as a Board Member of Connecticut College, her alma mater.  She has been instrumental in starting numerous organizations, and has served as a Board Member of the Union Social Action Foundation in Cambridge and the Greensboro Women's Resource Center.  Among her many awards and recognitions are the Leadership Award from the Harvard Square Business Association, the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Golden Eagle Award from Dudley Products.

Ms. Johnson received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Connecticut College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University.

Sekazi K. MtingwaSekazi.Mtingwa@TriSEEDConsultants.com

Principal Partner

Before his retirement, Dr. Mtingwa served for thirteen years as Professor of Physics at North Carolina A&T State University, and part of that time as Department Chair.  Subsequently, he served as Visiting Professor of Physics at MIT and Harvard University prior to retiring from MIT as the Lead Senior Lecturer in one of its freshman learning communities called Concourse.

At TriSEED, Dr. Mtingwa has provided consulting services to Brookhaven National Laboratory, especially as regards increasing the utilization of its large research infrastructures, such as the National Synchrotron Light Source and those at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, by faculty and students from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).  He also chaired the writing of the Strategic Plan for South Africa’s synchrotron light source user community.

Dr. Mtingwa has made major contributions to accelerator, nuclear and high energy physics over the past 30+ years.  The theory of intrabeam scattering that he developed with Dr. James Bjorken is used in practically all modern intense particle accelerators.  He has been a national leader in promoting nuclear science and engineering education and has been a constant advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy's nuclear energy R&D program.  He is President of INCREASE, which is a consortium of MSIs that seeks to increase their utilization of national laboratories, and has made many important contributions to science and technology development in Africa, including being a co-founder and board member of the African Laser Centre, which is a network of laser researchers from over thirty institutions throughout Africa; a former board member of the Saltpond Redevelopment Institute; author of a design for the proposed Julius K. Nyerere University of Science, Technology & Innovation to be built in the Mara Region of Tanzania; and member of the Steering Committee of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)-Ghana, which opened in 2012 in Biriwa.

A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Dr. Mtingwa is a co-founder of both the National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists.  In 2007, he received the Science Education Award from the National Council of Ghanaian Associations for his contributions to science education among African peoples.

Mtingwa received bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from MIT and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton University.