Bob Sobolewski’s unwavering support of educational programs — specifically those that bring schools and the workplace closer together, and that encourage young people to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers — is well known. Although he is not an engineer, Bob supports his alma mater, Fairfield University, as an advisory board member of its School of Engineering, encouraging curriculum that helps students successfully transition from classroom to career.

In 1997, Bob began his volunteer involvement in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization founded by inventor Dean Kaman to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders through mentor-based programs.

In 2014, Bob joined the national executive advisory board of FIRST. In 2012, he founded and currently serves as President and CEO of ingenuityNE, a nonprofit that supports more than 180 FIRST Robotics Competition teams within New England (NE) FIRST. He also chairs Connecticut’s FIRST executive advisory board.

Interested in supporting ingenuityNE’s efforts to boost science, technology, math and engineering education and technical career development in New England as a NE FIRST corporate sponsor? Want to create a scholarship, mentor or apprentice program that helps high school and college students pursue their engineering, science and technology ambitions? Call us at 860.631.7795 or email us at