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2013 MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Conference

September 20, 2013
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L. Rafael Reif
Rafael Reif has served as the 17th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since July 2012. Before taking on the presidency, Dr. Reif served for seven years as MIT’s Provost. In that role, he helped create and implement the strategy that allowed MIT to weather the global financial crisis; drove the growth of MIT’s global strategy; promoted a major faculty-led effort to address challenges around race and diversity; helped launch the Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences; and spearheaded the development of the Institute’s latest experiment in online learning, MITx and edX.

In his in inaugural speech, he outlined the threats and opportunities presented by the sudden rise of credible, low-cost online learning alternatives and challenged MIT to use the campus as a lab to explore the future of higher education. His first year as president included both the launch of an Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education and the rapid growth of edX, which engaged more than 900,000 students from 196 countries in its first 13 months. He also worked actively to strengthen the MIT community, in a year whose dramatic events tested its resilience.

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 in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and as EECS department head. He was instrumental in launching a research center on novel semiconductor devices at MIT, as well as multi-university research centers on advanced and environmentally benign semiconductor manufacturing. He also played a key role in creating, within the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the national effort now known as the Focus Center Research Program and in launching its Interconnect Focus Center.

An early champion of MIT's engagement in micro- and nanotechnologies, Dr. Reif is the inventor or co-inventor on 15 patents, has edited or co-edited five books and has supervised 38 doctoral theses. He focused his most recent research on three-dimensional integrated circuit technologies and on environmentally benign microelectronics fabrication. In 2004, he was named the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology.

In 1993, Dr. Reif was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for pioneering work in the low-temperature epitaxial growth of semiconductor thin films,” and in 2000, he received the Aristotle Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also belongs to Tau Beta Pi, the Electrochemical Society and the IEEE, and is a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. For his work in developing MITx, he received the 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award.

Dr. Reif received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and served for a year as an assistant professor at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he spent a year as a visiting assistant professor. After moving to MIT, Dr. Reif held the Analog Devices Career Development Professorship in the EECS Department and an IBM Faculty Fellowship from MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering. He received a United States Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984.
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Gregory Bialecki
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Gregory Bialecki has served as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since his appointment in 2009. As Governor Patrick’s chief housing and economic development advisor and cabinet member, Secretary Bialecki has oversight of 14 state agencies that carry out on the Administration’s top priorities in business development, housing and community development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. The focus of his Secretariat is the creation of homes and jobs in the Commonwealth. To that end, he has aligned the state’s housing and economic development priorities to coordinate policies and programs that ensure Massachusetts maintains its global competitive edge.

Secretary Bialecki led a collaborative effort of 34 public and private sector partners in the development and implementation of the Commonwealth’s Economic Development Plan, entitled "Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century." The plan identified five areas of focus and 55 action items to improve economic development and job creation in the state. Through the execution of this plan, Massachusetts was able to recover from the recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation and is poised to remain a national and global economic leader. To learn more, please visit www.Mass.gov/compete.

Before joining the Patrick Administration as the Undersecretary for Business Development, Secretary Bialecki enjoyed a 20-year career as a real estate development and environmental lawyer at the law firms of Hill & Barlow and DLA Piper Rudnick. His legal work focused on major urban redevelopment projects in the Greater Boston area. Secretary Bialecki graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
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Patrick D. Gallagher
Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher was named Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce on June 1, 2013. He was confirmed as the 14th Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Nov. 5, 2009. He also serves as Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, a new position created in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. Prior to his appointment as NIST Director, Gallagher had served as Deputy Director since 2008. He joined NIST as a research physicist and instrument scientist in 1993.

Gallagher provides high-level oversight and direction for NIST. The agency promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. NIST's FY 2013 budget includes $778.0 million in direct and transfer appropriations, an estimated $49.7 million in service fees and $120.6 million from other agencies. The agency employs about 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff, and administrative personnel at two main locations in Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo. NIST also hosts about 2,700 associates from academia, industry, and other government agencies, who collaborate with NIST staff and access user facilities. In addition, NIST partners with more than 1,300 manufacturing specialists and staff at more than 400 Manufacturing Extension Partnership service locations around the country.

Gallagher received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Benedictine College. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Gallagher a Gold Medal, its highest honor, for his leadership in interagency coordination efforts.
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Susan Helper
Chief Economist
U.S. Department of Commerce
Chief Economist Susan Helper is on leave from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she is the Carlton Professor of Economics. She was formerly the chair of the Economics Department, and has been a visiting scholar at University of Oxford, the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on the globalization of supply chains, and on how U.S. manufacturing might be revitalized. Dr. Helper received her PhD in Economics from Harvard and her B.A. from Oberlin College in Economics, Government and Spanish. Dr. Helper lives with her husband and three bicycles in Washington, DC. She replaces Dr. Doms, who was Chief Economist from August 2009 until December 2012, when he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Commerce Department's Under Secretary for Economic Affairs.
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Karen G. Mills
Former Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration
Karen Gordon Mills served in President Barack Obama's cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 until August 2013. She is currently a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. In January 2014 Ms. Mills will become a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School focusing on U.S. Competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation.

As SBA Administrator and a Cabinet member, Mills served on the President’s National Economic Council and was a key member of the White House economic team. At the SBA, she led a team of more than 3,000 employees and managed a loan guarantee portfolio of over $100 billion. Mills is credited with turning around the Agency, streamlining loan programs, shortening turnaround times, and reducing paperwork. These efforts resulted in record-breaking years for SBA lending and investments in growth capital. In addition, Mills helped small businesses create regional economic clusters, gain access to early stage capital, hire skilled workers, boost exports, and tap into government and commercial supply chains.

Prior to the SBA, Mills held leadership positions in the private sector, including as a partner in several private equity firms, and served on the boards of Scotts Miracle-Gro and Arrow Electronics. Most recently, she was president of MMP Group, which invested in businesses in consumer products, food, textiles, and industrial components. In 2007, Maine Governor John Baldacci appointed Mills to chair Maine’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy, where she focused on regional development initiatives, including a regional economic cluster with Maine’s boatbuilding industry.

Mills earned an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. Additionally, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was vice chairman of the Harvard Overseers.
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Dale Allen
Vice-President for Community Engagement
Quinsigamond Community College
Dale Allen has served at Quinsigamond Community College as Vice President for Community Engagement since 2008. Key to his position is a mix of responsibilities for seeking market driven opportunities for future QCC satellite locations, as well as relationship building between the Colleges and area businesses, corporations, organizations, and the shared community.

Allen also oversees the QCC Foundation, grants development, the QCC Training and Education Center, and alumni divisions of the College. In 2009, Allen lead the collaborative effort to open the College’s new satellite location in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He continues to focus on strategic partnerships that enhance the mission of Quinsigamond and address higher education and workforce development needs throughout Worcester County.

Having worked in higher education for over 15 years, Mr. Allen specializes in advancing connections between colleges and the various communities with which they interact – schools, other colleges, non-profits, businesses, elected officials, and neighborhoods. Before arriving at QCC, he served as the Director of Institutional Strategy at the Cecil Group, and at Springfield College as the Director of Community Relations. He has served on numerous boards in western and central Massachusetts and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Community Action Council and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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Nate Ball
Co-founder and CTO
Atlas Devices
Nate Ball is an inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, musician and TV host whose fascination with engineering and experimentation started early. His childhood projects ranged from musical compositions to mixing and testing his own rocket fuel (both with exciting and near-catastrophic results). While earning degrees in mechanical engineering at MIT, he developed content for WGBH’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning PBS show Design Squad, which he has also hosted since 2007. At 24, Ball became the youngest winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The award recognized his work on a revolutionary needle-free vaccine delivery device, and lauded his co-invention of a powered rope ascender: A real-life version of Batman’s grappling setup that his lifesaving equipment company, Atlas Devices, now supplies to government and military rescue groups in the US and abroad.
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William (Bill) J. Brady
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mascoma Corporation
William J. Brady, Jr. has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a director since he joined our company in January 2010. Previously, Mr. Brady was Executive Vice President of Cabot Corporation, or Cabot, a specialty chemical company, from 2004 to 2009. Throughout his twenty-three year experience, Mr. Brady held numerous positions at Cabot in the United States and Japan, including General Manager of the Carbon Black business. Under his leadership, the business completed significant expansions in China and Brazil, and executed a major global initiative in energy efficiency. In addition, he led the commercialization of two start-up businesses at Cabot in ink jet colorants and elastomer composites. Mr. Brady currently serves on our board of directors and is Chairman of the Board of our affiliate, Frontier Renewable Resources, LLC. In addition, he is Chairman of the Washington D.C. based Advanced Ethanol Council, or AEC, which working on the commercialization of advanced and cellulosic ethanol development by establishing public policies and expanding the market for ethanol. Mr. Brady is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Scranton. Mr. Brady is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Chemistry and received his M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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V. Celeste Carter
Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
V. Celeste Carter received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in 1982 under the direction of Dr. Satvir S. Tevethia. She completed postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. G. Steven Martin at the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Division of Biological and Health Sciences at Foothill College in 1994 to develop and head a Biotechnology Program. She was the recipient of an NSF DUE award, which produced a set of case studies and associated laboratories with biotechnology industry partners. From 2001-2003, she served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She returned to Foothill College in the fall of 2003 to resume her position as Director for both the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Programs. Dr. Carter was invited to return to the NSF as a Program Director from 2007 to 2008, and again returned to Foothill College to resume teaching. Dr. Carter accepted a permanent program director position in DUE in 2009; she is the Lead Program Director for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program.
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Kristin Dziczek
Director, Labor & Industry Group
Center for Automotive Research
Kristin Dziczek is director of the Labor & Industry Group at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Dziczek joined CAR in 2005, and has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and policy analyst. She is widely quoted as a national expert on automotive labor issues, especially on the topic of labor union relations and contracts.

The Labor and Industry Group performs analysis of the automotive industry’s employment, productivity, wages, benefits, education and training, occupations, labor agreements, plant locations, and capacity utilization, as well as forecasting and modeling employment and market demand. The group’s research focuses on developing a better understanding of developments in human resource and education issues and policies, as well as tracking critical industry information and government data related to the existing automotive endowment, production, global competitiveness, trade, markets and automotive development in emerging economies.

Prior to joining CAR, Dziczek served as the associate director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, and has worked for the U.S. Congress, International Union UAW, and General Motors Corporation. She has published articles in the Monthly Labor Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Technology Transfer and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among others. She earned her B.A. in economics, M.P.P. in public policy, and M.S. in industrial and operations engineering, all from the University of Michigan.
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Maria Flynn
VP, Building Economic Opportunity
Jobs for the Future
As vice president of JFF's Building Economic Opportunity Group, Maria Flynn leads JFF’s work to help low-skilled adults advance to family-sustaining careers, while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce.

As a leading expert on career pathways, employer engagement, sector strategies, and more, Ms. Flynn guides the activities of several key JFF projects and partnerships, including Accelerating Opportunity, Credentials That Work, and JFF’s role as Implementation Partner for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Her team provides technical assistance, coaching, documentation, labor market analysis, and evaluation support to a wide range of projects supported by public and private funders.

Ms. Flynn has over 20 years of experience in the workforce development field. Prior to joining JFF in 2007, she was a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service and Administrator of the Office of Policy Development and Research in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. In that role, she oversaw the assessment and development of employment and training policies, managed the design and implementation of the agency’s research and evaluation strategy, and provided direct support to agency budget and appropriations activities. Ms. Flynn also coordinated the agency’s legislative, regulatory, and international affairs agendas and outreach to philanthropic organizations.

Within the Employment and Training Administration, Ms. Flynn previously led the Division of One-Stop Operations, developing the policy and technical assistance framework necessary for states and local communities to establish comprehensive One-Stop delivery systems. She also served as team leader for the interagency policy group charged with implementing the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. In the 1990s, she played key roles in the National School-to-Work initiative and in the launch of the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Initiative.

Ms. Flynn earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in international relations and economics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a Master’s of Government Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the proud mom of two young daughters.
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Bernardo Gradin
Chief Executive Officer
GranBio Investimentos
Bernardo Gradin was born in Bahia, Brazil in 1964. He is a Civil Engineer by Politechnic School of Federal University of Bahia (1988), with a University of Pennsylvania MA in International Studies and a Wharton MBA (1993). He has worked in Odebrecht Engineering Company from 1988 to 1999 in Brazil and in the U.S. In 2000 he has moved to Odebrecht Chemical Company, later Braskem, where he has been President and CEO from 2008 to 2010. In 2011 he founded and became CEO of GranBio, a Biotechnology Industrial company and the Inspirare Institute, a non-profit organization oriented to foster basic education in Brazil. Bernardo is Executive Board Member of ABIQUIM (Brazilian Chemical Association), Board Member of CNPEM, and Leader of the CNI Bioeconomy Commission.
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Susan N. Houseman
Senior Economist
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
As a recognized expert on temporary help employment, outsourcing, and nonstandard work arrangements, Houseman’s research has examined trends in employers’ use of these arrangements and their implications for workers’ wages, benefits, and employment stability.

Houseman’s research on outsourcing and offshoring also has highlighted measurement problems in U.S. statistics. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, she has conducted research and organized conferences to study biases in price indexes, productivity and output growth along with other measurement problems arising from the growth of globalization. Other research focuses on work sharing and short-time compensation, older workers and retirement issues, and comparative labor market policies in Japan and Europe.

Houseman chairs the Technical Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Prior to coming to the Upjohn Institute, Houseman was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs and was a Visiting Scholar at The Brookings Institution. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
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Michael Idelchik
Vice President, Advanced Technologies
GE Global Research
Michael Idelchik is vice president of Advanced Technologies for GE Global Research, the centralized research and development organization of General Electric.

In this role, which he undertook in 2004, Mr. Idelchik oversees the company’s longest range, highest impact research endeavors. With major programs in nanotechnology, energy conversion, molecular medicine, advanced propulsion, organic electronics and sustainable energy, the Advance Technology office represents the most significant investments in emerging technologies.

Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Idelchik served as the managing director of GE’s China Technology Center since its inception in 2002. In this role, he founded and built GE’s first integrated technology center in China.

Mr. Idelchik first joined GE as an engineer at Aircraft Engines in 1978. He progressed through a number of engineering positions with increasing responsibilities and in 1991 Michael was a recipient of the Aircraft Engines ‘Engineer of the Year’ award.

In 1994 Mr. Idelchik joined GE Medical Systems as a Global X-ray Tube Engineering Manager. In 1998 Mr. Idelchik was named General Manager Global Components Engineering at GEMS, where he led the successful introduction of a LightSpeed Detector for the world’s first multi slice CT scanner and delivery of the first 41 cm digital X-ray Detectors for clinical evaluations.

Mr. Idelchik was named GE Vice President and General Manager of Global Technology for GE Lighting in 1999. There he led the revitalization of the product portfolio with customer-focused innovation and Six Sigma quality. Mr. Idelchik also led GE lighting entry into Technical Lighting markets with Video Projection, Light Emitting Diodes, and Electronics /Ballast products.

In January 2006, GE President and CEO Jeff Immelt presented Michael the Chairman’s Award for Technology Leadership in recognition of a lifetime achievement in driving innovation and growth for the future.

Mr. Idelchik received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Michael holds 12 patents.
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James Jacobs
Macomb Community College
James Jacobs assumed the presidency of Macomb Community College on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, he concurrently served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at the college, and as associate director, Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has more than 40 years' experience at Macomb. He has taught social science, political science and economics. He specializes in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining and community college workforce development, and is widely published in these areas of expertise. In addition, Jacobs has conducted research, developed programs and consulted on workforce development and community college issues at the national, state and local levels.

Dr. Jacobs is a past president of the National Council for Workforce Education, a national post-secondary organization of occupational education and workforce development specialists, and a member of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education. He is also a member of the Community College Advisory Panel to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton New Jersey. He currently is serving on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which advises Michigan’s governor on job creation, and talent development and retention. He is widely known for the Macomb County Economic Forecast, presented annually for more than 30 years for the coalition of county’s chambers of commerce. Jacobs serves on a number of local boards, including the Center for Automotive Research, Metropolitan Affairs Council and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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Andrew N. Liveris
President, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
The Dow Chemical Company
Andrew N. Liveris is President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a global specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics company based in Midland, Michigan with 2012 annual sales of approximately $57 billion.

Liveris' 37-year Dow career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, business and general management. He joined Dow in 1976 in Australia, and spent a large proportion of his career in Asia where his formative roles included 14 years in Hong Kong, general manager for the company's operations in Thailand, and president of all Asia-Pacific operations. Liveris became a member of Dow's Board of Directors in February 2004, and was named CEO in November 2004. He was elected as Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2006.

An advocate for the criticality of manufacturing to the long-term health of a nation's economy, Liveris is the author of Make It in America, a book which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies that outlines the Company's vision for an "Advanced Manufacturing" economy (updated in paperback January 2012), and served as co-chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the United States. In recognition of his efforts in this area, Liveris has been honored with the Distinguished Performance Award for Excellence in Public Policy from the Committee for Economic Development (2011), and the International Leadership Award from the United States Council for International Business (2011).

In addition to his work at Dow, Liveris’ breadth of experience and expertise is broadly represented across business, government, academic and non-profit sectors. He sits on the board of directors of IBM and the Special Olympics, is chairman of the U.S. Business Council, vice chair of the Business Roundtable, and a member of the U.S. President's Export Council. Liveris is a member of the U.S. China Business Council, the U.S.-India CEO Forum, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the American Australian Association. He is a founder and chairman of the Board of The Hellenic Initiative and serves on the board of trustees for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, and the United States Council for International Business.

An established thought leader in his field, Liveris has been honored with the Chemical Industry Medal by the Society of Chemical Industry (2013), the International Palladium Medal by the Société de Chimie Industrielle (2012), and the George E. Davis Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2011) in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry. He was also recognized by ICIS Chemical Business magazine as the 2012 Top Power Player, his third consecutive year as one of the most influential people in the global chemical markets.

In addition, Liveris has been honored with the BENS Eisenhower Award (2013) from Business Executives for National Security and the Vanguard Award from the Chemical Education Foundation. He is the recipient of the Inspired Leadership Award from The Performance Theater (2012), the Aristeio Award in Business from the American Hellenic Council (2012), and the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence (2012). He was named a BOSS True Leader by the Australian Financial Review (2012), a “Legend in Leadership” by the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute (2011), and CEO of the Year at the Platts Global Energy Awards (2011).

Born in Darwin, Australia, Liveris attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, graduating with a bachelor's degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering, and was awarded the University Medal for that year. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by his alma mater and was named Alumnus of the Year. Continuing his great alumnus support to the University, he was appointed Inaugural Chair of The University of Queensland in America Foundation in 2011.

Liveris is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Liveris resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife Paula. They have three adult children.
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Helmuth Ludwig
CEO, Siemens Industry Sector
North America
As chief executive officer of the Industry Sector in North America, Helmuth Ludwig is responsible for all business activity and executive management of the Siemens Industry Sector business in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In his more than 20 years with Siemens, Helmuth has held a broad range of strategic leadership positions.

He joined Siemens in 1990, working in corporate strategy developing regional business plans. After serving as general manager of Siemens’ first organization in Kazakhstan, he joined the Automation and Drives group where he was responsible for process automation systems in Karlsruhe, Germany. He then became head of Siemens Energy and Industry division in Buenos Aires. Later, he became president of the Systems and Software House within the Automation and Drives headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany.

Helmuth then moved to the Systems Engineering Business Unit as president before being appointed president of Siemens PLM Software, a business acquired by Siemens in 2007 and headquartered in Plano, Texas. In that role, he successfully led the organization’s integration into Siemens with its 50 legal entities and multiple facilities in 26 countries while working with its management team to develop Siemens PLM Software’s long-term strategic direction. In 2010, Helmuth became responsible for the global communications activities of the Industry Sector’s Industry Automation division. He took over as CEO for the Industry Sector in North America in October 2011.

Helmuth holds a master’s degree (“Diplom”) in industrial engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago; and a doctorate from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany. He also teaches as Adjunct Professor for Corporate Strategy at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business in Dallas. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish.
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Brad Markell
Executive Director
AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council
Brad Markell is the Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council (IUC) and chairs the AFL-CIO energy task force. The Industrial Union Council is comprised of 11 unions with over 2 million members, including nearly one million directly employed in the manufacturing sector. The IUC works to build and advance policy frameworks that support manufacturing in the United States.

Prior to joining the staff of the AFL-CIO, Brad was an International Representative with the UAW in Detroit for 15 years, where his duties included helping develop and advance the union’s positions on energy and environmental policy, and performing costing and financial analysis for bargaining. Brad has participated in several rounds of national bargaining in the automobile, aerospace and heavy truck industries.

Brad was deeply involved in the negotiations leading to the historic tailpipe emissions standards for light-duty vehicles, and led the UAW’s efforts to establish public support for manufacturing clean and efficient vehicles in the United States, including the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturers and the Battery and Electric Drive grant programs administered by DOE.

Brad’s board and committee service on behalf of the labor movement has been across a broad array of organizations, including the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative, the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, the Michigan Climate Action Council, the Energy Future Coalition, and many others.

Brad has degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He joined the UAW in 1976 and is a member of Local 14 in Toledo, Ohio.
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Amir Mashkoori
Chairman and CEO
Kovio, Inc.
Amir Mashkoori is chairman of the board and CEO of Kovio, Inc. a privately held Silicon Valley company that designs and manufactures printed silicon products for the Near Field Communication (NFC) and Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) markets. Kovio holds its origins in the world-renowned MIT Media Lab and is backed by leading venture capitalists and strategic investors, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Duff Ackerman and Goodrich, Tyco Retail Solutions, Northgate Capital, Harris and Harris Group, and Flagship Venture Partners.

With nearly 35 years of experience in the high technology industry, Mashkoori began his career in 1978 at AMD, Inc. and quickly advanced to hold several executive positions in operations and in the Memory Business Group. In the mid-nineties, Mashkoori moved to Trident Microsystems to serve as its vice president and later senior vice president of operations and business development, returning thereafter to run the Wireless Memory Business unit as the executive vice president of Spansion, Inc., a subsidiary of AMD.

Mashkoori is the chairman of the board of the San Jose State University Tower Foundation and is a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He also sits on the board of the Dignity Health Foundation, the fifth largest hospital system in the nation and largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California. Mashkoori holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University.
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Steve McKnight
Deputy Director of Engineering Division
National Science Foundation
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Scott Miller
CEO & Co-Founder
Dragon Innovation
Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Over the course of his career, he’s worked on high efficiency robotic tunafish, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering, and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro.

At iRobot, Scott was responsible for leading the Roomba technical team to scale the functional prototype through all of the steps in the journey to high volume production. Scott lived in China for four years as the VP of Asia Pacific, setting up teams in the Pearl River Delta and India and leading the production of 3 million Roomba units.

Repatriating as VP of New Product Development, Scott led a high-performance team of 75 people to create the next generation of robots. During this time, he experimented with different innovation models to find what came after Roomba.

Leaving iRobot after 10 great years, Scott saw the deadly gap that many Entrepreneurs were facing in going from a functional prototype to high volume production. At Dragon Innovation, Scott has worked with over 100 companies to help them scale by providing them with his expertise in all sectors of the business: DFMA, Sourcing, Costing, RFQ, Manufacturing Service Agreement, Quality, Handover, Pre-Production, Production and Sustaining Engineering. Scott loves new challenges and the opportunity to work with world class teams.

Scott is an avid sailor and skippers a J/80. He has sailed from Portugal to Tahiti. Scott received his Bachelors from Dartmouth and Masters from MIT.
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Robert J. Mulroy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals
Robert J. Mulroy has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals since May 1999. Previously, Mr. Mulroy worked as a management consultant in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Mr. Mulroy has also worked as a consultant in the field of international development and has served as an advisor to multiple start-up companies in the biotechnology industry. Mr. Mulroy holds a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University and a B.A. from Stanford University.
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Susan Singer
Director of the Undergraduate Education Division
National Science Foundation
Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, was appointed as the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in 2003.

The NSF’s DUE, housed within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, sets undergraduate science education goals to provide leadership, support curriculum development, prepare the workforce and to foster connections. These goals constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening science, technology and math (STEM) education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.

Singer, who earned her undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, arrived at Carleton in 1986. Her leadership positions at Carleton include a stint as director of Carleton’s Perlman Learning and Teaching Center from 2000-03 and as co-director of the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative from 2005-06. Additionally, she was the biology department chair from 1995-98.

A developmental biologist who also does research on learning in genomics, Singer is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow and received both the American Society of Plant Biology teaching award and Botanical Society of America Charles Bessey teaching award. She was an NSF program officer in biology, and is a co-author of the report and an introductory biology text.

She serves on numerous boards, including the NSF EHR advisory committee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Board, and the Botanical Society board of directors; is a member-at-large for the AAAS Education Section; participates in the Minnesota Next Generation Science Standards team; and was a member of the National Academies’ Board on Science Education. She has participated in six National Academies studies, including chairing the committees that authored America’s Lab Report, Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education and Discipline-based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering.
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Steven Taub
Senior Investment Director, Energy Group
GE Ventures
Steven Taub is a Senior Investment Director at GE Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of GE, where he evaluates and manages venture capital investments for GE and Energy Technology Ventures, a GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips joint venture. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Investment Strategy at GE Energy Financial Services a unit of GE Capital.

Prior to joining GE, Mr. Taub was with Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), where he was engaged in research and strategic consulting on energy technology and electric power for a wide range of clients worldwide. Mr. Taub also has worked for the U.S. Department of Energy office of Environmental Management and office of New Production Reactors.

Steve earned master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. He also completed a U.S. DOE engineering training program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and class work in corporate finance at Harvard.
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Stacey Jarrett Wagner
Manager, Workforce Systems Development
NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Stacey Jarrett Wagner, Manager of Workforce Systems Development at the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has over twenty years of experience in workforce development, conducting research and providing strategic thinking and technical assistance on workforce development issues for the American Society for Training and Development, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Center for Education and the Economy, the Center for Energy Workforce Development, ARAMARK, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, among others. Now, her work for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) includes integrating workforce development as a critical business strategy in the MEP’s Next Generation Strategies (NGS) initiative. NGS weaves together strategic planning in five areas for manufacturers: Technology Acceleration, Continuous Improvement, Sustainability, Supplier Development and Workforce Development. These strategies underpin the MEP’s push toward innovation and growth for American manufacturing (www.nist.gov/mep).

While at ASTD in the 1990s, Stacey worked with a consortium of global companies to research their training practices and provide them with networking and learning opportunities on best practices. A particular expertise of Stacey’s is in research-to-practice thinking and implementation, and understanding companies’ decision-making for corporate workforce development. She has strong organizational development (OD) expertise, including human resource and workforce development systems, companies’ use of employment and training providers, and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

From 2002 to 2007, Stacey was the Managing Director of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Center for Workforce Success. As Managing Director, Stacey was responsible for the Center’s strategic planning and for its research and programs. She was also responsible for the creation and implementation of products and services, such as the NAM’s veteran-hiring initiative with RecruitMilitary, the Filling America’s Jobs series of workforce how-to guides, and its seminar series on industry sector workforce development. She additionally managed relations with federal and private philanthropic funders, and contributed technical assistance to the Center’s grant-funded initiatives, including the Workforce Innovation Networks, Building Sector Strategies for Employer Engagement, Community Development Partnerships, Business Champions for a 21st Century Workforce, and the Dream It Do It manufacturing careers campaign.

During her tenure, she positioned the Center to become a significant provider of innovative public/private sector policy initiatives concerning issues such as: emerging career paths in manufacturing; opportunities for returning veterans and for disadvantaged and immigrant workers within the US industrial base; understanding new requirements in K-16 education, and for enhancing employer engagement strategies in workforce development.

From 2008 to 2010, Stacey’s association with FutureWorks LLC included assessing the regional mechanisms, protocols, plans and policies in rural and urban regions that have facilitated or constrained their economic growth and connected that growth to job creation and skills development. Her work included recommendations for these regions on how to build strong regional partnerships for growth and employment.

At the same time, Stacey was a member of the technical assistance and program support team for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She advised five regional sites on their development of innovative partnerships among the public and private sectors, how to create and sustain positive community and systems change, and how to maintain board-level engagement over time and throughout changes in leadership.

Among her professional affiliations, Stacey has served as both a grant reviewer and an evaluator for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education Centers; as a Board member of the Precision Metal-forming Association; and as a member of the Heritage Foundation’s 21st Century Workforce and National Security Working Group. She is one of the authors in the 2013 publication, ReMaking America, writing about the manufacturing workforce of the future., and her articles and commentary appear in the MEP blog (http://nistmep.blogs.govdelivery.com/author/stacey-wagner/), media and in professional literature; she has been cited or interviewed on NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, in trade publications, and elsewhere in the media. She was a speaker at TEDxRichmond in February 2013, talking about the future of manufacturing, and she was a founding board member of MeansforDreams.org in Washington, DC, now part of DonorsChoose.org. Currently, she is a member of the development team of GirlsRock!DC, an organization dedicated to creating a supportive, inclusive and creative space for girls to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up and rock out in Washington, D.C.

Stacey has a B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC and a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard Business School in Boston, MA. She has done graduate work in Organizational Development at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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J. William Ward
President & CEO
Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc.
John William Ward is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc., and has been at the head of this organization for the past 32 years. Mr. Ward established the Board as a private non profit corporation and led the Board through several major transitions. Most recently he led the organization through a process which earned a designation as the first “High Performing Workforce Board” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board opened the first competitively-bid One-Stop Career Centers in the country in 1995 and three years later these Centers were recognized by the National Alliance of Business as "One-Stop Centers of the Year", primarily for their focus on customers through the application of the Baldridge Principles. Mr. Ward is a co-founder of the Economic Development Partners, a regional group of economic development professionals, who manage business prospects for growth or relocation in the region. He also plays a leadership role in the State WIB Directors Association; serving on the Association's Executive Committee and past terms as its Vice-Chair and Treasurer. Mr. Ward is also a member of the “Workforce Innovators Network”, a membership of leaders in workforce development who consistently experiment with and implement new ideas and has written articles for national publication on "Workforce Board Leadership". Mr. Ward holds a Masters Degrees in Theology and Psychology.
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Gajus V. Worthington
Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Fluidigm Corporation
In June 1999, Gajus Worthington and Stephen Quake, PhD, co-founded Fluidigm Corporation to commercialize a new microfluidic technology called integrated fluidic circuits (IFCs). In essence, the company was created to commercialize an integrated circuit for biology. Mr. Worthington has served as Fluidigm’s President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since the company’s inception.

Mr. Worthington successfully took the company "public" in September 2011 (NASDAQ:FLDM). In 2011 and 2012, Fluidigm was named to Deloitte's "Fast 500" list as one of the fastest growing companies in North America.

Fluidigm is the industry's leading tools supplier for single-cell genomics. Mr. Worthington has been a global champion for the creation and supplying of tools for life science researchers that effectively unlock the promise of single-cell genomics.

Fluidigm develops, manufactures and markets proprietary IFC-based systems that significantly improve productivity in life science research. IFCs integrate a diverse set of critical liquid handling functions on a nanoliter scale. They meter, combine, diffuse, fold, mix, separate or pump nanoliter volumes of fluids with precise control and reproducibility, many thousands of times — all in parallel on a single chip. This technology enables Fluidigm’s customers to perform thousands of sophisticated biochemical measurements on samples smaller than the content of a single cell, with minute volumes of reagents, in half the area of a credit card. Fluidigm IFC systems -- consisting of instrumentation, software and single-use IFCs -- increase throughput, decrease costs and enhance sensitivity compared to conventional laboratory systems.

From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Worthington held a variety of engineering, operations and marketing positions at Actel Corporation (now Microsemi Corporation), which designs, develops and markets field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and associated design and development software and programming hardware. He served in several departments during his tenure at Actel, including product engineering, R&D engineering management, program management, product planning, and strategic marketing. His last position at Actel was Director, Strategic Marketing and Product Planning.

Mr. Worthington received his undergraduate degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
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Suzanne Berger
Raphael Dorman and Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science
Class of 1960 Innovation in Education Fellow
MIT Department of Political Science
Suzanne Berger is Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science. She co-chairs the Production in the Innovation Economy Commission. The project brings together twenty faculty from departments across the Institute to analyze the role of production capabilities in bringing innovation to market. Their book, Making in America: From Innovation to Market will be published by MIT Press in Fall 2013.

She directs the MIT-France Program in the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). Her recent research focuses on politics and globalization. She participated in the 1989 Made in America project at MIT. She wrote Made By Hong Kong and Global Taiwan (with Richard K. Lester). She is the author of Notre Première Mondialisation and of How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing To Make It in Today's Global Economy. Her earlier work focused on political development (Peasants Against Politics) and the organization of interests (Dualism and Discontinuity in Industrial Societies and Organizing Interests in Western Europe.) Suzanne Berger served as Head of the MIT Department of Political Science, founding director of MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), founding chair of the SSRC Committee on West Europe, and Vice President of the American Political Science Association. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas and currently as chair of the International Scientific Committee of College de France. The French government has awarded her the Palmes Academiques, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite and the Légion d'Honneur.

Professor Berger works in comparative politics and political economy. Her research for the past 3 years has focused on manufacturing in the United States, and she has directed the work of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy project. The group has conducted 264 interviews in the U.S., China, and Germany.
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Phillip A. Sharp
Institute Professor
Professor of Biology
MIT Department of Biology
A world leader of research in molecular biology and biochemistry, Dr. Phillip A. Sharp is Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Much of Dr. Sharp's scientific work has been conducted at MIT's Center for Cancer Research (now the Koch Institute), which he joined in 1974 and directed from 1985 to 1991. He subsequently led the Department of Biology from 1991 to 1999 before assuming the directorship of the McGovern Institute from 2000-2004. His research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. His landmark achievement was the discovery of RNA splicing in 1977. This work provided one of the first indications of the startling phenomenon of “discontinuous genes” in mammalian cells. The discovery that genes contain nonsense segments that are edited out by cells in the course of utilizing genetic information is important in understanding the genetic causes of cancer and other diseases. This discovery, which fundamentally changed scientists' understanding of the structure of genes, earned Dr. Sharp the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His lab has now turned its attention to understanding how RNA molecules act as switches to turn genes on and off (RNA interference). These newly discovered processes have revolutionized cell biology and could potentially generate a new class of therapeutics.

Dr. Sharp has authored over 385 scientific papers. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and has served on many advisory boards for the government, academic institutions, scientific societies, and companies. His awards include the Gairdner Foundation International Award, General Motors Research Foundation Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize for Cancer Research, the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the National Medal of Science and the inaugural Double Helix Medal from CSHL. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and is a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society, UK.

A native of Kentucky, Dr. Sharp earned a B.A. degree from Union College, KY in 1966, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1969. He did his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology, where he studied the molecular biology of plasmids from bacteria in Professor Norman Davidson's laboratory. Prior to joining MIT, he was Senior Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

In 1978 Dr. Sharp co-founded Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and in 2002 he co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage therapeutics company.
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Olivier de Weck
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering
Executive Director, MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Study
Co-Director, Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT
Secretary and Treasurer, Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN)
Prof. de Weck is an international leader in Systems Engineering research. He focuses on how complex man-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers and critical infrastructures are designed, manufactured and operated and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on the strategic properties of these systems that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value. His group has developed quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, flexibility, robustness, and sustainability among other characteristics. Significant results include the Adaptive Weighted Sum (AWS) method for resolving tradeoffs amongst competing objectives, the Delta-Design Structure Matrix (DDSM) for technology infusion analysis, Time-Expanded Decision Networks (TDN) and the SpaceNet and HabNet simulation environments. These methods have impacted complex systems in space exploration (NASA, JPL), oil and gas exploration (BP) as well as sophisticated electro-mechanical products (e.g. Xerox, Pratt & Whitney, GM, DARPA). He has authored two books and about 250 peer-reviewed papers to date. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Since January 2013 he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering. In 2006 he received the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising followed by the 2010 Marion MacDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising and a 2012 AIAA Teaching Award. From 2008-2011 he served as Associate Director of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at MIT. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Executive Director of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project.
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Tonio Buonassisi
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tonio Buonassisi, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, heads an interdisciplinary laboratory focused on photovoltaics (solar energy conversion into electricity). Prof. Buonassisi completed his Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology at UC Berkeley, with additional research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the Max-Planck-Institute for Microstructure Physics. Buonassisi's thesis research revealed the chemical natures of metal defects in multicrystalline silicon solar cell materials using synchrotron microprobe techniques, which led to the founding of solar start-up Calisolar, Inc.

After his Ph.D., Buonassisi broadened his research focus from materials to devices. At Evergreen Solar Inc., he applied his defect-engineering techniques to improve performance and yield of ribbon silicon solar cell manufacturing, while a member of the team that brought a new crystal growth platform into production. Since founding his MIT research group in 2007, Professor Buonassisi invents, develops, and applies defect-engineering techniques over the entire solar cell process, from crystal growth to modules, improving the cost effectiveness of commercial and next-generation solar cells. Prof. Buonassisi excels in bringing sceince-driven breakthroughs into industry, and co-founded the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, MA.

Professor Buonassisi is an author of 101 journal, conference, and workshop articles focused on PV, and has delivered 88 invited talks and plenary/oral presentations on his work throughout the world. His work has been honored with awards including the European Materials Research Society Young Scientist Presentation Award, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Research Fellowship, and a 2010 Deshpande Center Innovation Grant.
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Neil Gershenfeld
Director, Center for Bits and Atoms
MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
Professor Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, and the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour.

Gershenfeld is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice and by Prospect/FP as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors and an honorary Doctor of Science from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.
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Vijay M S Kumar
Senior Strategic Advisor
Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT)
Senior Associate Dean
MIT Office of Digital Learning
Vijay Kumar provides leadership for sustainable technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT. In his prior roles at MIT as Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Computing, as well at other institutions, Vijay has been responsible for strategy development and leading units engaged in the effective integration of information technology and media services in education.

Vijay was the Principal Investigator of O.K.I (Open Knowledge Initiative), an MIT-led collaborative project to develop an open architecture for enterprise educational applications.

Vijay is a member of the Advisory Committee of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW). He is the Executive officer for MIT's Council on Educational Technology. He was a member of the steering committee for I-Campus, the MIT-Microsoft Alliance initiative for educational technology.

Vijay's research, as well as his engagements as advisor/consultant are directed toward strategy, planning and implementing technological innovations for education. These include:

- Smithsonian (Advisor for Digital Futures).
- India National Knowledge Commission, (honorary advisor 2006- 2009).
- UNESCO (developing strategies for open educational resources, open technology and policy)
- Open University of Catalonia (Educational Innovation)
- Singapore University of Technology and Design (IT)
- Qatar Foundation International(educational technology and innovation)

His experience also includes programs for teacher education and planning for technology integration in k-12 education in Maine and Massachusetts. He curently serves on the Massachusetts STEM Council's Network Operations Board.

Vijay was a member of the Applications Strategy Council for Internet2, Chair of the governing Board of the Seminars on Academic Computing (SAC) Snowmass, CO and NERCOMP and trustee of the Corporation for Research and Education Networking (CREN).

He serves as Trustee of EDC, an international educational development organization and Chair of board of directors of the New Media Consortium.

Vijay is actively involved in efforts, such as the Kaleidoscope project and Curriki, as well as those supported by the Hewlett and Gates Foundations to advance the use of Open Educational Resources for improving educational access and quality.

He is currently co-PI of an NSF supported MIT initiative for capacity building in STEM education in Haiti through educational technology and open resources.

Vijay is a co-editor of a Carnegie Foundation book "Opening Up Education" (MIT Press, August 2008). He has authored numerous articles in the area of educational innovations and technology strategy.
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Richard Lester
Japan Steel Industry Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Department Head / Nuclear Science and Engineering
Founding Director and Faculty Co-Chair, Industrial Performance Center (IPC)
MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Richard K. Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is also the founding director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC). His research focuses on innovation management and policy, with an emphasis on the energy and manufacturing sectors. He has also published widely on the management and control of nuclear technology.

As head of NSE, Professor Lester works with his faculty colleagues to help develop the next generation of leaders of the global nuclear enterprise and to provide technical leadership in energy and non-energy applications of nuclear science and technology. As director of IPC, Dr. Lester has led major studies of national and regional competitiveness and innovation performance commissioned by governments and industrial groups around the world.

Professor Lester’s latest book, Unlocking Energy Innovation, was published by MIT Press in 2012. Other recent books include Innovation – The Missing Dimension, jointly authored with Michael J. Piore (Harvard, 2005); Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and the Environment (Cambridge, 2004), with John M. Deutch; and Global Taiwan (M.E. Sharpe, 2005), co-edited with Suzanne Berger. Professor Lester is also the author of The Productive Edge: A New Strategy for Economic Growth (2000); Made By Hong Kong (1997) with Suzanne Berger; and Made in America (1989) with Michael Dertouzos and Robert Solow. (With over 300,000 copies in print in eight languages, Made in America is among the best-selling titles in the history of MIT Press.)

Dr. Lester obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College (London) and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from MIT, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1979. He serves on several boards and as an advisor and consultant to corporations, governments, foundations and non-profit groups, and speaks frequently to academic, business and general audiences throughout the world.
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Fiona Murray
David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology
Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
MIT Sloan School of Management
Fiona Murray is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology, an Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. She is also an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Her research interests focus on entrepreneurship, the commercialization of science and the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. She has done extensive work with entrepreneurs, governments, large corporations and philanthropists designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems: prizes competitions, accelerators, patent licensing rules and proof of concept funding programs.

After a short time on the faculty of Oxford University’s Said Business School, Murray joined MIT Sloanwhere she is now Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. In this role, Fiona works on the design and delivery of entrepreneurship education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She teaches the “Innovation Teams” course, which assembles teams of students from across MIT to learn the process of technology commercialization, with a focus on evaluating a technology’s potential for significant commercial and social impact. She has recently started the REAL course –Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab -which gives students practical and academic insights into the design and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.

Murray holds a BA and MA in chemistry from Merton College, University of Oxford, and an MS in engineering sciences and a PhD in applied sciences from Harvard University.
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Paul Osterman
Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management
Co-Director, Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER)
MIT Sloan School of Management
Paul Osterman's research concerns changes in work organization within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy surrounding skills training and employment programs.

Osterman has been a senior administrator of job training programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has consulted widely for government agencies, foundations, community groups, firms, and public interest organizations.

His most recent book is Gathering Power: The Future of Progressive Politics in America (Beacon Press, 2003). Other recent books include Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What to Do About It (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Working In America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market (MIT Press, 2001).

Professor Osterman is also the author of Employment Futures: Reorganization, Dislocation, and Public Policy; Getting Started: The Youth Labor Market; The Mutual Gains Enterprise: Forging a Winning Partnership Among Labor, Management, and Government; and Change At Work. He is the editor of two books, Internal Labor Markets and Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New Economy. In addition, he has written numerous academic journal articles and policy issue papers on such topics as labor market policy, the organization of work within firms, careers, job training programs, economic development, and anti-poverty programs.
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Michael J Piore
Professor of Political Economy
MacArthur Fellow
Director, MIT-Mexico Program (MISTI)
MIT Department of Economics
Michael Piore has been on the faculty of the Department of Economics at MIT since 1966, and also currently holds a joint appointment with the Department of Political Science. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation under the direction of John T. Dunlop. He is director of the MIT-Mexico Program and an affiliate of both the Center for International Studies and the Industrial Performance Center. Piore is the president-elect of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-economics. He was a MacArthur Prize Fellow (1984-1989), a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association (1990-1995), and a member of the Governing Board of the Institute for Labour Studies of the International Labour Organization (1990-1996).
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Elisabeth B. Reynolds
Executive Director
MIT Industrial Performance Center
Elisabeth Reynolds is the Executive Director of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center (IPC), an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the study of innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

Dr. Reynolds works on topics related to the geography of innovation, regional economic growth, and industrial innovation and competitiveness. She has worked in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations and governments in this area. Her current research focuses on innovation and advanced manufacturing, in particular the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry, as well as how innovative startups grow to scale. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and an advisor to the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Roundtable.

Before coming to MIT, Dr. Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter focused on urban economic development.Her background also includes working as a policy analyst at the Institute for Research in Public Policy, a Canadian think tank, and as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs.

She has an A.B. from Harvard College in Government and was the Harvard Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds a MSc from the University of Montreal in Economics and a Ph.D. from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.
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Donald Rosenfield
Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management
Senior Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division
Director, Leaders for Global Operations Program
MIT Sloan School of Management
Donald Rosenfield is the Director, Leaders for Global Operations Program, and a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Dr. Rosenfield holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University. He is co-author of Operations Strategy, Competing in the 21st Century and Modern Logistics Management, and has written articles for a number of journals, including Harvard Business Review, Operations Research, Management Science, and Sloan Management Review.

Dr. Rosenfield’s research focuses primarily on operations and supply chain strategy. Some specific areas of interest include the impact of globalization on strategy, how location and souring decisions are made, and how sourcing can be done successfully in countries such as the US.

Dr. Rosenfield has served at M.I.T. since 1980 as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Visiting Associate Professor. He has also served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, the State University of New York, and Boston University. At MIT he has developed courses in Manufacturing Strategy, Operations Management, and International Logistics. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Rosenfield served on the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. from 1976-1988 focusing on logistics and manufacturing strategy.
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Sanjay Sarma
Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Forst Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Office of Digital Learning (ODL)
Director, MIT/SUTD Collaboration Office
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
MIT Office of the Provost
PIE Research Panel
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Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers professor of mechanical engineering and newly appointed Director of Digital Learning at MIT. Sarma was one of the founders of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which, along with a number of partner companies and its "spin-off," EPCglobal, developed the technical concepts and standards of modern RFID. He also chaired the Auto-ID Research Council consisting of six labs worldwide, which he helped to establish. Today, the suite of standards developed by the Auto-ID Center, commonly referred to as the EPC, are utilized by over a thousand companies on five continents. Between 2004 and 2006, Sarma took a leave of absence from MIT to found the software company OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2008. He is a consultant and board member at several companies, including EPC Global, and also serves as a permanent guest of the board of GS1 and a member of the board of governors of GS1US. Sarma also serves on the City of Boston's Complete Streets Advisory Group.

Sarma received his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's from Carnegie Mellon University, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. In between degrees, Sarma worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK. Sarma's master's thesis was in the area of operations research, and his PhD was in the area of automation. His current research projects are in the areas of radio frequency identification, manufacturing, design, and energy, especially applied to energy and transportation. He has authored over 75 publications in computational geometry, manufacturing, CAD, RFID, signal processing, security, sensors, and automotive systems.

Sarma is a recipient of the MIT MacVicar Fellowship, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Den Hartog Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Keenan Award for innovations in undergraduate education, the New England Business and Technology Award, and the MIT Global Indus Award. In 2003, he was selected on Business Week's eBiz 25 and Fast Company magazine's Fast Fifty. He recently received the RFID Journal's Special Achievement Award.
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Martin Schmidt
Associate Provost
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director, MEMS@MIT Center
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Martin A. Schmidt received his BS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and his SM and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1988 respectively. Since 1988 he has been a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT. MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that provides shared research infrastructure for all of the campuses activities in micro and nanotechnology, and supports the research of approximately 500 students and staff. In July of 2008 he assumed his current position as Associate Provost at MIT. In his role as Associate Provost, he manages the Institute’s space and the renovation/renewal budgets. He also co-led the Institute’s Task Force on Budget in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Currently, he is the faculty lead for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a recently announced White House initiative.

His teaching and research is in the areas of micro and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators, and electronic devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), design of micromechanical sensors and actuators, and micro/nanofabrication technology. He is the co-author of more than 80 archival journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. His is also an inventor on more than 30 issued US Patents. More than 25 students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.

He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark. He was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE in 2004 for contributions to design and fabrication of microelectromechanical systems. He has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award and the Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award at MIT. In addition to his academic pursuits, he is active in consulting with industry in the commercialization of technology. He is a co-founder of five companies which are commercializing MEMS-enabled products.
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Julie Shah
Boeing Career Development Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Julie Shah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shah received her SB (2004) and SM (2006) from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and her PhD (2010) in Autonomous Systems from MIT. Before joining the faculty, she worked at Boeing Research and Technology on robotics applications for aerospace manufacturing.

Prof. Shah has developed innovative methods for enabling fluid human-robot teamwork in high-intensity domains, ranging from manufacturing to surgery to space exploration. Her group draws on expertise in artificial intelligence, human factors, and systems engineering to develop interactive robots that emulate the qualities of effective human teams to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork. This work has been successfully applied to multiple robot testbeds, including the NASA ATHLETE Rover, a mobile, dexterous humanoid robot in the MIT Media Laboratory, and assembly manufacturing applications.

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Willy C. Shih
Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Willy Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration. He is part of the Technology and Operations Management Unit, and he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education Programs. His expertise is in manufacturing and product development, and he has written or co-authored more than 125 cases and teaching materials in industries ranging from semiconductors, information technology, consumer electronics, aerospace, transportation equipment, manufacturing processes and tools, and intellectual property. His paper, “Restoring American Competitiveness,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, won the 2009 McKinsey Award. His recent book, “Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, has called attention to the link between manufacturing and innovation. He is also the author of “Back Bay Battery,” a best-selling innovation simulation.

Prior to coming to HBS in 2007, Willy spent 28 years in industry at IBM, Digital Equipment, Silicon Graphics, Eastman Kodak, and Thomson SA. He worked in product development and manufacturing in a wide range of areas including computer systems, scientific instruments, semiconductors, digital cameras, optical discs and software systems. Reporting to him have been major manufacturing operations in the United States, China, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico, as well as global sales and marketing operations. He has led the building of billion dollar revenue businesses. He was an architect of IBM’s collaboration with Apple and Motorola in the early 1990s, he initiated and managed Eastman Kodak’s digital still camera licensing program, and has led negotiations in numerous intellectual property disputes, including Eastman Kodak v. Sun Microsystems relating to technology in Java.

Willy is on the Board of Directors of Flextronics International, a large electronic manufacturing services provider, and also the Board of Directors of QD Vision, a pioneer in the commercial use of quantum dot technology. He has S.B. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Charles Sodini
Clarence J LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Charles G. Sodini received the B.S.E.E. degree from Purdue University, in 1974, and the M.S.E.E. and the Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 and 1982, respectively.

He was a member of the technical staff at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories from 1974 to 1982, where he worked on the design of MOS memory. He joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1983, where he is currently the LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are focused on medical electronic systems for monitoring and imaging. These systems require state-of-the-art mixed signal integrated circuit and systems with extremely low energy dissipation.

Along with Prof. Roger T. Howe, he is a co-author of an undergraduate text on integrated circuits and devices entitled “Microelectronics: An Integrated Approach.” He also studied the Hong Kong/South China electronics industry in 1996-97 and has continued to study the globalization of the electronics industry.

Dr. Sodini was a co-founder of SMaL Camera Technologies a leader in imaging technology for consumer digital still cameras and machine vision cameras for automotive applications. He has served on a variety of IEEE Conference Committees, including the International Electron Device Meeting where he was the 1989 General Chairman. He has served on the IEEE Electron Device Society Administrative Committee and was president of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society from 2002-2004. He is currently the Chair of the Executive Committee for the VLSI Symposia and a Fellow of the IEEE.
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Edward Steinfeld
Associate Professor of Political Science
MIT Department of Political Science
Edward Steinfeld is professor of political economy in the MIT Department of Political Science, director of the MIT China Program (MISTI), and co-director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center’s China Energy Group.

Steinfeld’s research focuses on the political economy of development, with a particular emphasis on contemporary China. Steinfeld is the author of the books Playing Our Game: Why China’s Rise Doesn’t Threaten the West (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry (Cambridge University Press, 1998). Steinfeld also edited (with Anthony Saich and Yasheng Huang) the book Financial Sector Reform in China (Harvard University, 2005).

Steinfeld’s most recent book, Playing Our Game, explores the economic and political ramifications of China’s integration into global production. By examining how contemporary Chinese enterprises actually engage the global economy and participate in a global division of labor, the book challenges the idea that Chinese firms are rising at their Western counterparts’ expense. So too does it challenge the notion that on China’s domestic scene, political change has lagged economic transformation. The book argues instead that the Chinese growth story is fundamentally about China’s internalization of the rules and practices of advanced industrial nations. China has grown not by conjuring up its own unique political-economic institutions, but instead by increasingly harmonizing with our own. The results within China – on not just the economic front, but also the political – have been nothing short of revolutionary.

Steinfeld’s current research examines emerging patterns of cross-border innovation surrounding new energy technologies. Increasingly, China has become the global locus for the commercial-scale demonstration and early deployment of advanced technology systems across a variety of energy domains: renewables (wind and solar), advanced coal (coal gasification, coal-to-chemicals), and civilian nuclear power. At the same time, many of the upstream concepts and innovations behind these systems are coming from abroad. Moreover, non-Chinese commercial players are often centrally involved in the integration and deployment of these new energy technologies in China. How does the division of labor work in these cross-border efforts? How can we distinguish between patterns of knowledge transfer and patterns of truly collaborative knowledge creation? What are the implications of this phenomenon for commercial competitiveness, national competitiveness, and national security?

In addition to his scholarly publications, Steinfeld has published opinion pieces in The Washington Post, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The South China Morning Post.

While at MIT, Steinfeld has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and a variety of both public and private sector organizations. Steinfeld currently is a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations.
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Bernhardt Trout
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director, Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing
Co-Chair, Singapore-MIT Alliance, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Bernhardt L. Trout is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He is currently Director of the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing and the Co-Chair of the Singapore-MIT Alliance Program on Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he performed post-doctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute.

Professor Trout’s research focuses on molecular engineering, specifically the development and application of both computational and experimental molecular based methods to engineering chemical products and processes with unprecedented specificity. Since 2000, he has focused on molecular engineering for pharmaceutical processing and formulation of both small molecules and biologics. In 2007, together with several colleagues from MIT, he set up the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, an $85 million partnership with the objective of transforming pharmaceutical manufacturing. In addition to Novartis, he has worked with many other pharmaceutical companies in research or consulting. He has published 120 papers and currently has 8 patents pending.
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Kripa Varanasi
Doherty Associate Professor of Ocean Utilization
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kripa Varanasi is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his B.Tech from IIT, Madras and his MS (ME and EECS) and Ph.D from MIT. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Varanasi was a lead research scientist and project leader in the Energy & Propulsion and Nanotechnology programs at the GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, and was the PI for the DARPA Advanced Electronics Cooling program.

The primary focus of Varanasi's research is in the development of nano-engineered surface, interface, and coating technologies that can dramatically enhance performance in energy, water, agriculture, transportation, buildings, and electronics cooling systems. Dr. Varanasi has filed more than 25 patents in this area. He was awarded the First Prize at the 2008 ASME Nanotechnology Symposium and won several awards at GE Research Labs including Technology Project of the Year, Best Patent Award, Inventor Award, and Leadership Award. Most recently he received the MITEI Seed grants, MIT-Deshpande Award, Dupont-MIT award, 2010 IEEE-ASME Itherm best paper award, NSF Career Award and DARPA Young Faculty Award.

Prior to joining MIT in 2009, Varanasi was a lead research scientist and project leader in the Energy & Propulsion and Nanotechnology programs at the GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, and was the PI for the DARPA Advanced Electronics Cooling program. The primary focus of his research is in the development of nano-engineered surface, interface and coating technologies that can dramatically enhance performance in energy, water, agriculture, transportation, buildings and electronics cooling systems. Varanasi has filed more than 25 patents in this area. He was awarded the First Prize at the 2008 ASME Nanotechnology Symposium and won several awards at GE Research Labs including Technology Project of the Year, Best Patent Award, Inventor Award and Leadership Award. Most recently he received the MIT-Deshpande Award, 2010 IEEE-ASME ITherm best paper award, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and DARPA Young Faculty Award. Varanasi leads the Lab for Nanoengineered Surfaces, Interfaces, & Coatings at MIT.

In March 2011, the MIT Sea Grant College Program has selected Professor Varanasi as the recipient of the 2011 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization. He will receive a supplemental award of $25,000 per year for two years.
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