Nano Manufacturing Conference 2014 at JSNN

Posted on August 20, 2014

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“A Conference to Move From Innovation to Commercialization” will be the theme of the 2014 Nano Manufacturing Conference Wednesday, September 24, at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

The organizers’ primary goal is to bring together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders as well as economic development, education, government and nonprofit organizations to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that nano manufacturing enables.

Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf (in visual) will be a keynote speaker. She became the deputy director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) in May 2014 after serving in the office for two years as a full-time consultant on a wide variety of programs and projects. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is a strong advocate for STEM education, and has almost two decades of teaching experience. She has also been active in nanotechnology policy issues on the state and regional level as director of CIT’s Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative and as a member of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science Citizen’s Nanotechnology Advisory Committees.  She was the managing director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research at the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD and MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Mark Johnson will be another keynote speaker. He leads ARPA-E’s Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS) program, which targets disruptive grid-level stationary energy storage technologies. Johnson joined ARPA-E on assignment from NC State University, where he previously served as the Director of Industry and Innovation Programs for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Gen-III Engineering Research Center focused on the convergence of power electronics, energy storage, renewable resource integration and information technology for electric power distribution. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Director of Engineering for the Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Program at NC State. His work has focused at the intersection of smart-grid, renewable energy, wide band-gap semiconductor materials and devices, communications and photonics technologies; as well as entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and public-private partnership formation. Johnson holds a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from North Carolina State University, both in Materials Science and Engineering.

Last year’s inaugural conference welcomed attendees from North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

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Call for paper and posters Presentations and posters must be related to the conference. Send your abstract to Elie Azzi at JSNN at Submission deadline is Aug 31, 2014.


Reposted fromUNCG Campus Weekly

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