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Launch of Sense.nano: MIT.nano's first Center of Excellence

Augmenting our natural senses - Ubiquitous Sensing: From Ideas to Impact
May 25, 2017
 
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Anuradha Agarwal
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Microphotonics Center/ Materials Processing Center
Dr. Anu Agarwal received her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 1994, where she investigated the spatial extent of point defect interactions in silicon. She has been at MIT’s Microphotonics Center since 1994, except for a short (2001-2004) stint at Clarendon Photonics, where she was a part of a team of engineers developing a novel optical filter. Currently, as a Principal Research Scientist, she is developing integrated Si-CMOS compatible linear and non-linear materials for photonic devices, especially in the mid-IR regime, for hyperspectral imaging and chem-bio sensing, because most chemical and biological toxins have their fingerprints in this range. She has over 100 journal and refereed conference publications, 6 awarded patents and 5 pending patents. Her work on MIR materials and devices is creating a planar, integrated, Si-CMOS-compatible microphotonics platform which will enable on-chip imaging and sensing applications.
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Polina Anikeeva
Class of 1942 Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Polina Anikeeva received her BS in Physics from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in 2003. After graduation she spent a year at Los Alamos National Lab where she worked on developing photovoltaic cells based on quantum dots. She then enrolled in a PhD program in Materials Science at MIT and graduated in January 2009 with her thesis dedicated to the design of light emitting devices based on organic materials and nanoparticles. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University, where she created devices for optical stimulation and electrical recording from neural circuits. Polina joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT in July 2011, where she is now a Class of 1942 career development associate professor. Her lab focuses on the development of flexible and minimally invasive materials and devices for neural recording, stimulation and repair. Polina is also a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, and the TR35 among others.
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Brian Anthony
Principal Research Scientist
Director, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program
Co-Director, Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC)
Group Lead, Device Realization, Computational Instrumentation@MIT
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Anthony is the Co-Director of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center and Director of MIT’s Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program. With over 20 years experience in product realization – he won an Emmy (from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) in broadcast technical innovation – Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. His work involves systems analysis and design, calling upon mechanical, electrical and optical engineering, along with computer science and optimization.
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Tom Ashbrook
Host, On Point, WBUR
On Point’s host, Tom Ashbrook, is an award-winning journalist brought to public radio following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when he was enlisted by NPR and WBUR-Boston for special coverage, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing.

Tom's career in journalism spans 20 years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and author. He spent 10 years in Asia — based in India, Hong Kong and Japan — starting at the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for the Boston Globe. He began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in the U.S. and around the world, from Somalia and Rwanda to Russia and the Balkans. At the Globe, where he served as deputy managing editor until 1996, he directed coverage of the first Gulf War and the end of the Cold War.

Tom received the Livingston Prize for National Reporting, and was a 1996 fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation before taking a four-year plunge into Internet entrepreneurship, chronicled in his book "The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush."

Raised on an Illinois farm, Tom studied American history at Yale and Gandhi’s independence movement at Andhra University, India. Before taking up journalism, he worked as a surveyor and dynamiter in Alaska’s oil fields, a teaching fellow with the Yale-China Association, a Hong Kong television personality, and a producer of international editions of Chinese kung fu films.
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Moungi Bawendi
Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry
MIT Department of Chemistry
Toward nanocrystal sensors
Day 1, 3:25 - 3:45
Professor Moungi Bawendi received his A.B. in 1982 from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1988 from The University of Chicago. This was followed by two years of postdoctoral research at Bell Laboratories, working with Dr. Louis Brus, where he began his studies on nanomaterials. Bawendi joined the faculty at MIT in 1990, becoming Associate Professor in 1995 and Professor in 1996.

Professor Bawendi has followed an interdisciplinary research program that aims at probing the science and developing the technology of chemically synthesized nanocrystals. Prof. Bawendi has been at the forefront of the science and technology of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots for over two decades. This work has included the development of novel methods for synthesizing, characterizing, and processing quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles as novel materials building blocks, studying the fundamental optical properties of quantum dots using a variety of spectroscopic methods, including the development of optical tools to study single nanocrystals, and combining quantum dots with various optical and electronic device structures to study their device properties. His work has also included developing applications of quantum dots in biological and biomedical imaging and sensing, in light emitting devices, photodetection, and solar energy conversion.

Professor Bawendi has published over 250 papers on the science and technology of quantum dots and other materials systems, and has helped four start-up companies in commercializing quantum dot technology. A fifth company spun out from Bawendi’s laboratory uses knowledge gained from his work on quantum dots, applying it to a medical device.

Bawendi has won numerous awards for his work. Among these are the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, the EO Lawrence award in Materials Chemistry from the US Department of Energy, the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecture in Nanoscience from the Materials Research Society, and the American Chemical Society Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry.

Bawendi is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Rodney Brooks
Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics
Professor Emeritus, MIT Departt of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011. Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Rodney is also an accomplished presenter, and speaks regularly to promote the value of robotics and artificial intelligence in venues throughout the world.
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Vladimir Bulovic
Associate Dean for Innovation, School of Engineering
Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Vladimir Bulovic oversees a broad portfolio of efforts within the School of Engineering that support innovation and entrepreneurship. He co-directs the MIT Innovation Initiative and is the faculty leading the design and construction of MIT's new nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility.

Vladimir holds the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology and directs the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics laboratory, which he developed as a unique open nanotechnology facility. He is also co-directing the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center, among MIT's largest sponsored programs. Prior to joining the School of Engineering leadership Vladimir directed the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories, which during his tenure grew to support over 700 investigators and $80M of research programs from across the Institute. His research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and inorganic nanostructured films and structures and their applications in novel optoelectronic devices. His academic papers have been cited over 10,000 times, while his 60 U.S. patents and numerous patent disclosures have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. A practicing entrepreneur, Vladimir is a founder of QD Vision, Inc. of Lexington MA, which is manufacturing quantum dot optoelectronic components; Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park CA, which is focused on development of printed organic electronics; and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., which is developing nanostructured solar technologies. These start-ups presently employ over 200 researchers in the U.S. and a similar number of employees abroad.

Vladimir received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where his academic work and patents contributed to the launch of the Universal Display Corporation and the Global Photonics Energy Corporation. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award, and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching. Recognized as an authority in the field of applied nanotechnology, Vladimir was named to the Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of quantum dot technology. In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow, honoring his contribution to energy education, which led to the launch of the MIT Energy Studies minor, the first academic program that spans all five schools at MIT. In 2009 he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT's highest teaching honor, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and international recognition. Most recently, Vladimir was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network and the Xerox Distinguished Lecturer in recognition for his continued contribution to innovation of practical applied nanotechnologies.
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Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande
President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC and Chairman of Tejas Networks
Afternoon Keynote
Day 1, 2:00 - 2:45
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks. Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the set up of three other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, Merrimack Valley Sandbox in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.
Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada. Deshpande co-chairs a National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.
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William Freeman
Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
William T. Freeman is the Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) there. He was the Associate Department Head from 2011 - 2014.

His current research interests include machine learning applied to computer vision, Bayesian models of visual perception, and computational photography. He received outstanding paper awards at computer vision or machine learning conferences in 1997, 2006, 2009 and 2012, and test-of-time awards for papers from 1990 and 1995. Previous research topics include steerable filters and pyramids, orientation histograms, the generic viewpoint assumption, color constancy, computer vision for computer games, and belief propagation in networks with loops.

He is active in the program or organizing committees of computer vision, graphics, and machine learning conferences. He was the program co-chair for ICCV 2005, and for CVPR 2013.
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John Hart
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
John Hart is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mitsui Career Development Chair at MIT. Prior to joining the MIT faculty in 2013 he was Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Art/Design, at the University of Michigan. He has Ph.D. and S.M. degrees from MIT, and a B.S.E. degree from Michigan, all in Mechanical Engineering. At MIT, John leads the Mechanosynthesis Group (http://mechanosynthesis.mit.edu), which aims to create new principles, machines, and processes for manufacturing of advanced materials. His work has been recognized by young investigator awards from NSF, ONR, AFOSR, DARPA, ASME, and SME; and he is the recipient of two R&D 100 awards.
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Juejun (JJ) Hu
Merton C Flemings Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Juejun (JJ) Hu received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, China, in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 2009, both in materials science and engineering. He is currently the Merton C. Flemings Career Development Associate Professor at MITs Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His primary research interest is enhanced photonmatter interactions in nanophotonic structures, with an emphasis on on-chip spectroscopy and chemical sensing applications using novel infrared glasses. Prior to joining MIT, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware from 2010 to 2014.
Hu has authored and coauthored more than 70 refereed journal publications since 2006 and has been awarded six U.S. patents. He has been recognized with the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award, the Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award, the University of Delaware College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Member, the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award, among others.
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Scott Manalis
Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Biological Engineering
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
Scott Manalis received a B.S. in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University. He was the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the Department of Defense. He has also been selected by Technology Review magazine as one of the 100 innovators under the age of 35

The Manalis laboratory develops quantitative and real-time techniques for biomolecular detection and single cell analysis. They use conventional silicon processing techniques to fabricate fluidic devices, and exploit the unique physical properties associated with micro- and nanoscale dimensions for developing precision measurement methods. They have previously developed a suspended microchannel resonator (SMR) that enables mass to be measured in the aqueous environment with a resolution that is a million-fold better than existing methods. The lab is using the SMR to determine if the growth response of a patient’s cancer cells to anticancer drugs can be used in new strategies for selecting optimal therapies.
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David Mindell
Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Founder & CEO, Humatics
MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society
David A. Mindell, PhD— Founder and CEO of Humatics, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—has spent twenty-five years researching the myriad relationships between people and machines. He has led or contributed to more than 25 oceanographic expeditions and developed and commercially licensed spread-spectrum sonar technologies for undersea navigation. He is the author of five books, including Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy (2015), Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in the First Six Lunar Landings (2008), and Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (2000).
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L. Rafael Reif
President
MIT
Welcome
Day 1, 8:30 - 8:45
Since July 2012, Rafael Reif has served as the 17th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is leading MIT’s pioneering efforts to help shape the future of higher education. A champion for both fundamental science and MIT’s signature style of interdisciplinary, problem-centered research, he is also pursuing an aggressive agenda to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

In education, his central focus has been the development of the Institute’s latest experiments in online learning, MITx and edX, which he spearheaded in his previous role as MIT provost. As of March 2017, the open online learning platform edX had engaged more than 11million unique learners. The final report of his Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education spurred rapid adoption of blended learning models in MIT classrooms and the October 2015 announcement of a MicroMaster’s credential from MITx, the Institute’s portfolio of massive open online courses.

In keeping with MIT’s mission to “bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges,” in May 2014, Dr. Reif launched the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, and in October 2015, Dr. Reif and his leadership team issued MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change, centered on research, education, campus sustainability and a strategy of industry engagement.

To enhance MIT’s innovation ecosystem and equip the next generation of innovators to drive their ideas to impact, in October 2016 Dr. Reif launched The Engine, an accelerator specially geared to help“tough tech”ventures deliver innovations that address humanity’s great challenges. Additional steps include the October 2013 launch of the MIT Innovation Initiative, the creation of the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, a new Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program.

To accelerate research and innovation at the nanoscale, MIT is also constructing MIT.nano, a major new facility at the heart of campus set to open in 2018. And because MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem extends well beyond the campus, Dr. Reif is leading an ambitious, decade-long redevelopment initiative in Kendall Square.

On May 6, 2016, Dr. Reif announced the $5 billion “MIT Campaign for a Better World.”A member of the MIT faculty since 1980, Dr. Reif has served as director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, as associate department head for Electrical Engineering, as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and as provost.

An elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Reif is the inventor or co-inventor on 13 patents, has edited or co-edited five books and has supervised 38 doctoral theses. He received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidadde Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
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Vincent Roche
President and Chief Executive Officer
Analog Devices
Keynote
Day 1, 8:45 - 9:30
Vincent Roche is President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Analog Devices. Mr. Roche is only the third CEO to lead the company since its founding in 1965. He began his career at ADI in 1988 and has been part of the senior management team since 2001.

Mr. Roche has held senior positions for ADI in Ireland, Massachusetts, and California, progressively gaining responsibility in product line management, strategic marketing, and business unit management roles. Mr. Roche’s first role at ADI was as a senior marketing engineer in Limerick, Ireland, where he created and managed several emerging analog businesses, generating significant revenue and positioning ADI in many new product categories. Mr. Roche was promoted to Marketing Director for ADI’s analog semiconductor division in 1994. In 1996, as Product Line Director, Mr. Roche led the company’s development of application-specific analog products for disk drive electronics. In 1998, he was named head of ADI's San Jose, California, operations, which included engineering and marketing for precision amplifiers, interface, optical, and power management technology. During this period of rapid expansion for high technology, Mr. Roche successfully deepened engagement with customers and partners throughout Silicon Valley and in 2001 was given responsibility for global sales and marketing as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. In this role he was responsible for direct customer sales, distribution, and e-commerce for all product lines, as well as corporate marketing and the company’s industry-leading web site, www.analog.com.

In 2009, Mr. Roche was named Vice President for the newly created Worldwide Sales and Strategic Market Segments Group, where he focused on integrating ADI technology into optimized solutions for industrial, automotive, and infrastructure customers, gaining share with the world’s leading electronics brands, and ensuring a clear path for all customers to engage with ADI’s world-class engineering and manufacturing operations. In this position he was also responsible for the worldwide sales organization, which represents ADI’s portfolio of ten thousand products across all markets around the world.

Mr. Roche was promoted to President of ADI in 2012, taking responsibility for all R&D, sales, marketing and business development. In May 2013, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Roche also serves as a director of Acacia Communications, Inc.

Mr. Roche earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Limerick in Ireland.
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Max Shulaker
Emanuel E Landsman (1958) Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Prof. Max Shulaker began as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2016, where he leads the Novels (Novel Electronic Systems Group) at MIT. Previously to joining MIT, he was at Stanford University where he received his B.S., Masters, and PhD in Electrical Engineering. Prof. Shulaker’s research interests include the broad area of nanosystems. His research group focuses on understanding and optimizing multidisciplinary interactions across the entire computing stack – from low-level synthesis of nanomaterials, to fabrication processes and circuit design for emerging nanotechnologies, up to new architectures – to enable the next generation of high performance and energy-efficient computing systems. His research results include the demonstration of the first carbon nanotube computer(highlighted on the cover of Nature and presented as a Research Highlight to the US Congress by the US NSF), the first digital sub-systems built entirely using carbon nanotube transistors (awarded the ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper), the first monolithically-integrated 3D integrated circuits combining arbitrary vertical stacking of logic and memory, the highest performance carbon nanotube transistors to-date, and the first highly-scaled carbon nanotube transistors fabricated in a VLSI-compatible manner.
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Katie Stebbins
Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Closing Remarks
Day 1, 7:00
Katie Stebbins is the Massachusetts Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and leads the State’s efforts in the areas of cyber security, robotics, digital health, advanced manufacturing, IOT, marine technology, and the start-up ecosystem. In this role, Katie convenes sector leaders and prioritizes investments on behalf of the Baker Administration and diligently exposes community leaders across the state to the economic opportunities being generated in Massachusetts.

Katie has served the public sector for over twenty years, playing a leadership role in community based economic development, specifically in low-income communities. Through this work, Katie honed her expertise in workforce development, community engagement, environmental science and public health, and real estate development. Technology and innovation have been a consistent theme throughout Katie’s career as she made it a priority to deliver the most cutting edge science and technology to populations that are generally the last to receive such benefits.

Katie is an avid entrepreneur and mentor having started three companies of her own and dozens of community based programs and projects. Her former consulting company played a lead role in establishing and growing the Holyoke Innovation District in Holyoke, MA, one of the first innovation districts in the State and the only one located within a high poverty community.

Katie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Graduate Degree in City Planning from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Boston Business Journal named Katie one of the top ten “2016 Women to Watch in Science and Technology”.

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Michael Strano
Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Professor Michael S. Strano is currently the Charles and Hilda Roddey Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received is B.S from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware both in Chemical Engineering. He was a post doctoral research fellow at Rice University in the departments of Chemistry and Physics under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley. From 2003 to 2007, Michael was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving to MIT. His research focuses on biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a 2006 Beckman Young Investigator Award, the 2006 Coblentz Award for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Unilever Award from the American Chemical Society in 2007 for excellence in colloidal science, and the 2008 Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society, the 2008 Allen P. Colburn Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and recently selected as a member of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10.
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Timothy Swager
John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry
MIT Department of Chemistry
Timothy M. Swager is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry the Department of Chemistry at MIT and the Faculty Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. In this latter role, Professor Swager works with the Center’s Executive Director to define the Center’s strategy for fostering innovation, assists with the commercialization of MIT technologies, and plays a key role in the grant selection process. Professor Swager also serves as the Center’s liaison to the MIT academic community, and senior leadership, sitting on faculty and academic committees.

Following Professor Swager’s postdoctoral appointment at MIT, he joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, returning to MIT in 1996 as a Professor of Chemistry, and served as the Head of Chemistry from 2005-2010.

Professor Swager’s research interests are in design, synthesis, and study of organic-based electronic, sensory, high-strength and liquid crystalline materials. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and more than 50 issued/pending patents.

Professor Swager is the founder of four companies (DyNuPol, Iptyx, PolyJoule, and C2Sense) and has served on a number of corporate and government boards.

He received a B.S. from Montana State University in 1983 and a Ph.D., from the California Institute of Technology in 1988.
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