Founder of Ronkonkoma technology company fights for more minorities in engineering

The founder of a technology company in Ronkonkoma is doing his part to combat bullying in school and ward off COVID.

Derek Peterson, founder and CEO of Soter Technologies, produced the first anti-bullying detection system and was inspired by his own bout with bullying as student at Bay Shore High School.

“I graduated the smallest person in my graduating class,” Peterson says. “And so therefore, being the smallest kid, I was always picked on.”

The company also created the first vaping detector for schools and a scanning device to