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2014 MIT Research and Development Conference

Harnessing Global Innovation
November 19-20, 2014
 
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Fikile Brushett
Raymond A (1921) and Helen E St Laurent Career Development Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

Fikile Brushett joined the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT in January 2013, where he presently holds the Raymond A. & Helen E. St. Laurent Career Development Chair. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. In 2010, he completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Professor Paul J.A. Kenis. His doctoral research focused on microfluidic fuel cells. At Illinois, Brushett was the recipient of a GEM Fellowship, a SURGE Fellowship, and a Harry G. Drickamer Research Fellowship. From 2010 to 2012, Brushett was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) working with Dr. Jack Vaughey. At ANL, his research focused on non-aqueous redox flow batteries and developing in-situ imaging techniques for lithium-ion batteries.
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617-715-5282

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Daniel Cohn
Research Scientist
Division Head, Plasma Technology and Systems Division (PSFC)
MIT Energy Initiative

Dr. Cohn is a research scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative where his research includes alternative transportation fuels, high efficiency engines and natural gas to liquids conversion technology. He was Executive Director of the MIT Study on the Future of Natural Gas. Prior to joining the Energy Initiative , he held a joint appointment as a senior research scientist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, from which he retired in 2011. Dr. Cohn received an AB from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in physics from MIT. After joining the MIT research staff in 1971 he held various positions that included leader of the laser and plasma group at the National Magnet Laboratory and head of the plasma technology division at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. His research included laser diagnostics of plasmas, nuclear fusion reactor concepts , plasma treatment of waste and vehicular applications of plasma technology. Dr. Cohn is a co-founder of InEnTec, a company that provides electrically enhanced gasification technology for converting hazardous, medical and municipal waste to clean fuel. He is also a co-founder and CEO of Ethanol Boosting Systems (EBS), whose technology provides on-demand octane boosting of gasoline engines, enabling higher efficiency and performance. He is an inventor of 50 US patents. Dr. Cohn is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He was a recipient of the Discover Award for Innovation in Transportation and three R&D 100 Awards for technological innovation in environmental technologies.
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Christopher Cummins
Professor of Chemistry
MIT Department of Chemistry

Research interests of the Cummins group encompass (i) new methods for inorganic synthesis, (ii) the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of unusually reactive transition metal and actinide complexes of unique design and construction, (iii) the activation of ubiquitous small molecules including dinitrogen, (iv) the assembly of novel functional groups containing both transition metals and main group elements, and (v) the development of new reagents for organic synthesis.

A general theme in the research is the use of novel voluminous ligands to engender the formation of isolable, low-coordinate metal compounds. These compounds are manipulated and isolated using standard inert-atmosphere glove-box or vacuum-line techniques. The compounds typically are obtained in multigram quantities as colored crystalline solids that dissolve readily in hydrocarbon solvents, and they typically maintain their integrity when kept at a temperature less than or equal to ca. 30 ºC.

A variety of spectoscopic techniques are used to optimize synthetic conditions, to measure reaction kinetics, and to characterize new compounds. Formost among the techniques are multinuclear NMR and single-crystal X-ray experiments.

The new molecules synthesized and studied may challenge current paradigms of molecular structure, bonding, and reactivity. From a practical point of view, the studies serve to provide definitive examples of new reactions that may lead to technological advances. The mechanism-based design of new catalysts for small-molecule transformations ultimately might incorporate reactions first revealed in the context of this project.

Statement of Research Interests: Synthetic inorganic chemistry is the province of the Cummins research team. Overarching goals are to produce unprecedented structural motifs from which definitive examples of new reactions can be obtained. Reactions of particular interest are those involving the manipulation of small molecules including elemental nitrogen (N2) and phosphorus (P4), carbon monoxide and dioxide, the nitrogen oxides, and dihydrogen. Also of particular interest are reactions that illustrate novel manipulation of organic functionality. Air-exclusion techniques are employed for the construction of new metal-ligand complexes, which in turn are characterized by spectroscopic methods and X-ray crystallography prior to reactivity studies. Three distinct project areas are under investigation: (i) low-coordinate complexes of the early transition metals, (ii) arene binding and delta bonding in uranium chemistry along with molecular uranium phosphides and nitrides, and (iii) novel group transfer reagents. While distinct the project areas function synergistically. Density functional theory studies are carried out concurrently with the synthetic work for purposes both interpretive and predictive.
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Andrej Danko
Chief Software Architect
Sourcewater
Andrej is the Chief Software Architect for Sourcewater, the online water exchange for the energy ecosystem, where he is responsible for the platform’s engineering and development. Andrej has over 15 years of experience in both complex corporate and start-up software development enterprises. As a senior manager and global engineering leader for SAP, he was responsible for the small and medium business market segment (35,000 clients) on a worldwide basis. He ran distributed global development and product teams and has also been CTO, product manager, and developer for a number of start-ups. Andrej holds a PhD in Applied Computer Science and an ME in Information Technologies from the Faculty of Business Informatics at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia, and he earned an MBA from MIT where he was a Sloan Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. His engineering research work primarily focuses on software internationalization and localization, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms.
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Anshuman Das
Postdoctoral Associate
Camera Culture Group
MIT Media Lab
MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design

Anshuman Das is a postdoctoral associate in the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. Anshuman is interested in creating rapid diagnostics that are smart, predictive, and accessible and will improve the way diagnostics are carried out. Within the health diagnostics field he is exploring intersections with health diagnostics and optics, lasers, UV-VIS, soft x-ray, Raman, and terahertz spectroscopy. He is also interested in super-resolution optical imaging and soft matter based optical elements. He is currently working on electrical and optical sensing of infections, wide-angle endoscopy and designing smart otoscopes. Before coming to MIT Anshuman received his Ph.D. from JNCASR in India where he researched on light management, degradation, and electrode design in organic solar cells.
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Ann DeWitt
Senior Director of Investments
Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures

Ann joined Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures in 2013 with a background in biotech partnering and early stage investment. Prior to SGBV, Ann was Senior Director, Corporate Development at Permeon Biologics and led a collaboration with a large pharmaceutical partner. Previously, Ann was a Senior Associate at Flagship Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in healthcare companies with over $900 million under management and was a Board observer for several portfolio companies. While at Harvard, she was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Highland Capital Management and a founding team member of Novophage Therapeutics (now Sample6). Post-doctorate, she worked at 3M Company in corporate research and in business units, including 3M Pharmaceuticals, and was a Technical Circle of Excellence Award winner.

Ann is also on the Life Sciences Council of Springboard Enterprises, an organization dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women.

Ann holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Ph.D. from MIT in systems biology, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Fredo Durand
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Frédo Durand is a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received his Ph.D. from Grenoble University, France, in 1999, supervised by Claude Puech and George Drettakis. From 1999 till 2002, he was a post-doc in the MIT Computer Graphics Group with Julie Dorsey.

He works both on synthetic image generation and computational photography, where new algorithms afford powerful image enhancement and the design of imaging system that can record richer information about a scene. His research interests span most aspects of picture generation and creation, with emphasis on mathematical analysis, signal processing, and inspiration from perceptual sciences. He co-organized the first Symposium on Computational Photography and Video in 2005, the first International Conference on Computational Photography in 2009, and was on the advisory board of the Image and Meaning 2 conference. He received an inaugural Eurographics Young Researcher Award in 2004, an NSF CAREER award in 2005, an inaugural Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship in 2005, a Sloan fellowship in 2006, and a Spira award for distinguished teaching in 2007.
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John Fisher
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

John Fisher is Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research focuses on information-theoretic approaches to machine learning, computer vision, and signal processing. Application areas include signal-level approaches to multi-modal data fusion, signal and image processing in sensor networks, distributed inference under resource constraints, resource management in sensor networks, and analysis of seismic and radar images. In collaboration with the Surgical Planning Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital, he is developing nonparametric approaches to image registration and functional imaging.

He received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Univsersity of Florida in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1997.
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Richard Fletcher
Research Scientist
MIT Development Through Dialogue, Design and Dissemination
Dr. Rich Fletcher leads the mobile technology group at MIT D-Lab and mobile technology applications within the UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Fletcher has degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, including graduate work in low-cost wireless sensors. Dr. Fletcher spent 5 years as research scientist in the US Air Force, designing microwave devices, antennas, and sensors for military applications, and holds over 15 patents in the area of wireless sensors. Dr. Fletcher has founded multiple small companies, including TagSense, Inc., (tagsense.com) which sells a variety of both active and passive RFID readers, tags and sensors – all designed by Dr. Fletcher – and provides custom sensor design for larger clients such as Motorola, US Postal Service, and NASA. Dr. Fletcher has created a variety of wearable sensors and systems to support mobile health research, some of which are sold commercially (ashametrics.com). Dr. Fletcher has also provides wearable sensors for non-human primate animal studies as MIT, and more recently also designs sensors to measure the physiology and “behavior” of living plants in order to study circadian rhythm and chronobiology (www.mitcityfarm.com). In 2009, Dr. Fletcher created a closed loop, mobile health intervention system for an NIH R01 grant (5RC1DA028428-02), which was one of the first working examples of a “Just in Time” intervention system, and for which Dr. Fletcher was awarded a US patent (8,655,441). Dr. Fletcher has been working in the field of global health for over 10 years, and periodically teaches the mobile technology class at MIT D-Lab as part of international development. Dr. Fletcher was one of the first to demonstrate the use of NFC phones in global health (IEEE NFC conference, 2009 – Best Paper award), and has received several grants from the Gates Foundation and USAID in the area of mobile health.
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Karen Gleason
Associate Provost
Alexander and I Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Karen K. Gleason is Associate Provost and the Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1987 and has served as Executive Officer of the Chemical Engineering Department, Associate Director for the Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies; and as Associate Dean of Engineering for Research.

Professor Gleason’s research focuses on the near room-temperature synthesis of ultrathin, conformal organic films by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Gleason has authored more than 250 publications and holds 18 issued US patents for CVD polymers and their applications in optoelectronic, sensing, microfluidic, energy storage, and biomedical devices, and for the surface modification of membranes.

Gleason is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) and held the Donders Visiting Professorship Chair at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Her awards include the ID TechEx Printed Electronics Europe Best Technical Development Materials Award, the AIChE Process Development Research Award, and Young Investigator Awards from both the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. She has delivered the Van Ness Award Lecture at the Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the Tis Lahiri Lecture at Vanderbuilt University.

In 2001, Prof Gleason co-founded GVD Corporation, which has successfully scaled-up and commercialized technology invented in her MIT lab. GVD is headquartered in Cambridge, MA and has manufacturing facilities in Greenville, SC.

Gleason received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Her BS and MS degrees are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also won All-American honors in swimming.
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Leon Glicksman
Professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Architecture

Leon Glicksman, Professor of Building technology and Mechanical Engineering has been the head of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture for the past 18 years. He has worked on research and consulting related to energy-efficient building components and design, natural ventilation, sustainable design for developing countries, and design tools. He is a member of the MIT Energy Council and co-chair of the campus energy initiative.

He did basic studies to improve thermal insulation for buildings during the period when CFCs were removed from insulation. He has directed several experimental studies of ventilation flows in buildings that form the basis for a book on design guidelines for displacement ventilation He has also been carrying out basic studies on the hydrodynamics and heat transfer of fluidized beds for clean combustion of dirty fuels.

Currently, he is leading an MIT effort to develop energy-efficient, sustainable building technologies and compatible designs. This program is carrying out research on natural ventilation of buildings,, building designs to reduce energy use, and integration of energy-efficient measures with indoor air quality considerations. A series of technical studies and residential designs were developed for Chinese cities working jointly with researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing. The results are summarized in a recent book. He is a member of the team that recently was awarded the program for the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center in Buildings.

A study of the application of natural ventilation to US buildings to improve indoor air quality and reduce energy use for air conditioning is underway. He and his students are working with a Japanese developer to design naturally ventilated office buildings in central Tokyo. Glicksman and coworkers are developing a web site for advanced building designs that can be easily used by architects and developers in the early stages of design. Guidelines for sustainable buildings for the MIT campus are being defined. He is leading the development of advanced aerogel insulation systems as part of the MIT DMA Program.

Glicksman is a consultant to numerous agencies and companies, the principal investigator on several research projects, and a member of the ASHRAE, AIChE, and ASME. He is the author of more than two hundred articles published in refereed journals or proceedings and two books.

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Ben Gordon
Director, MIT-Broad Foundry
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
Broad Institute Technology Labs

Ben Gordon is the Director of the MIT-Broad Foundry, which develops tools for high-throughput genetic prototyping in order to design complex biological systems. The Foundry blends manufacturing discipline with novel molecular biology techniques to design, build, and test hundreds of genetic programs at a time. Furthermore, the Foundry works with industrial partners to apply the tools to products with commercial impact.

Ben received his undergraduate degree from MIT in Chemistry and obtained his Ph.D. from Caltech in Biological Engineering. He completed postdoctoral work at MIT in the Department of Biology and at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Prior to the Foundry, Ben was the lead computational biologist and a business development manager at Agilent Technologies, where he managed industrial-academic relations and architected commercial products for genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics.
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Tarek Habashy
Managing Director
Schlumberger Doll Research

Tarek Habashy - received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in electrical engineering. He joined Schlumberger-Doll Research (SDR), Schlumberger's largest corporate scientific research lab, in Fall of 1983 where he has held a number of scientific and managerial positions and is currently a Schlumberger Fellow and the Managing Director of SDR located at 1 Hampshire Street in Cambridge Massachusetts. In this position, he oversees the research activities at SDR with a total population of 155+ scientists and engineers. His main accomplishment is in R&D, related to exploration and characterization technologies for the oil and gas industry. He has led a number of R&D initiatives both internally to Schlumberger as well as with universities and national labs. These have resulted in a number of new products, solutions, and intellectual property. Prior to joining SDR, he was a Visiting Research Associate at MIT in 1983. Personally, he conducts research on electromagnetic waves and fields, inverse scattering theory, multi-physics inversion, antenna theory and design, dielectric and resistivity logging tools and techniques, mixed boundary value problems, and numerical analysis. He is a member of the editorial boards of Inverse Problems, Wave Motion and the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, and a member of the advisory committee board for the book series Progress in Electromagnetic Research. He is a former Editor of Radio Science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and IEEE, and a full member of Commission B of the International Union of Radio Science. He holds 40 US patents and has published 10 book chapters, over 150 scientific articles in refereed journals and over 150 conference proceedings papers (list can be found at GoogleScholar & ResearchGate).
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Thomas Heldt
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Hermann von Helmholtz Career Development Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE)
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Prof. Thomas Heldt joined the MIT faculty in July 2013 as the Hermann von Helmholtz Career Development Professor in MIT's Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and as Assistant Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. He received the PhD degree in Medical Physics from MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology. At IMES, Prof. Heldt directs the Integrative Neuromonitoring and Critical Care Informatics Group. His research interests focus on signal processing, mathematical modeling, and model identification to support real-time clinical decision making, monitoring of disease progression, and titration of therapy, primarily in neurocritical and neonatal critical care. In particular, Prof. Heldt is interested in developing a mechanistic understanding of physiologic systems, and in formulating appropriately chosen computational models for improved patient care. His research is conducted in close collaboration with clinicians from Boston-area hospitals and colleagues at MIT's Medical Electronic Device Realization Center.
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Harold Hemond
William E Leonhard (1940) Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Leader, Environmental Systems Group
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Harold F. Hemond: William E. Leonhard Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory; Deputy Director, Center for Environmental Health Sciences Professor Hemond is a biogeochemist focused on wetland science and on catchment geochemistry, with interests that include limnology and wetland ecology, trace gas emission from wetlands, and chemical transport, fate, and human health effects in the environmental.

Professor Hemond's research interests are in the area of biogeochemistry, the interaction of environmental biology, chemistry, and physics in controlling the fate and transport of toxic metals and other chemicals, and the role of toxic metals in environmental health. Currently, Professor Hemond is involved in research on the redox processes controlling the mobility of arsenic in lakes and wetlands. He is also interested in the cycling of nitrogen in ecosystems, and the roles of nitrogen compounds as acids, nutrients, and electron acceptors. In support of biogeochemical work he has conducted hydrologic studies of small catchments and wetland ecosystems, and has developed new tools for subsurface physical and chemical measurement, including a portable mass spectrometer, an active infiltrometer for measuring seepage into flooded soils, and an acoustic piezometer.

Professor Hemond is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and Ecological Society of America. His honors include Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and he has received the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award, and the Irwin Sizer Award.
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Jing Kong
ITT Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Jing Kong is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT. She received the B.S in chemistry from Peking University in 1997 and the Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University in 2002. From 2002 to 2003, she was a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, and from 2003 to 2004, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University. She joined the MIT faculty in 2004 in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Professor Kong's research interests focus on the problem of combining the synthesis and fabrication of individual carbon nanotubes, and integrating them into electrical circuits. Applications of her research include the use of carbon nanotubes as extremely sensitive chemical sensors to detect toxic gases.

Professor Kong is member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society. She received the 2001 Foresight Distinguished Student Award in Nanotechnology in 2001, the Stanford Annual Reviews Prize in Physical Chemistry in 2002, and the MIT 3M Award in 2005.

Areas of Interest and Expertise
- Carbon Nanotubes
- Nanotube Electronic Devices
- Semiconductor Nanowires
- Organic Molecules
- Chemical Sensors
- Electron Transport
- One-Dimensional Interacting Systems
- Chemical Vapor Deposition Methods
- Quantum Transport Phenomena
- Graphene Electrodes for Organic Solar Cells

Recent Projects
05/29/12 A New Green Method to Transfer CVD Graphene in Large Scale onto PET as Alternati
01/17/13 Doping of Graphene Devices Through Chlorination
11/19/13 Electronics on MoS2 and Other 2D Semiconductors
11/19/13 Flexible High-Density MoS2 Sensor Arrays for Monitoring Action Potentials

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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program

Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations at MIT includes the Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 60 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2008.

In that capacity, he and his staff work with the senior administrative and faculty leadership of MIT in developing and implementing strategies for enhancing corporate involvement with the Institute. Mr. Koster has been involved with faculty leaders in identifying and designing a number of major international programs for MIT. Many of these programs focus on institutional development and are characterized by the establishment of strong, international, programmatic linkages between universities, industry, and governments.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant for seven years in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Steve Leeb
Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Steven B. Leeb received his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. He has served as a commissioned officer in the USAF reserves, and he has been a member of the M.I.T. faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 1993. He also holds a joint appointment in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He currently serves as MacVicar Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems. In his capacity as a Professor at M.I.T, he is concerned with the design, development, and maintenance processes for all kinds of machinery with electrical actuators, sensors, or power electronic drives. A major thrust in his current research is the development of power electronic drives and supplies for servomechanical and industrial applications, including medical drug delivery devices, battery chargers, motion controllers and fluorescent lamp ballasts. Another research interest related to power quality issues and on-line machine diagnostics involves the development of a Nonintrusive Load Monitor (NILM). The NILM determines the operating schedule of the major electrical loads in a commercial or industrial building from measurements made solely at the electrical utility service entry. He is currently working to develop the NILM into a virtually sensorless platform to determine power quality, perform critical load diagnostics, and monitor manufacturing processes and actuator performance on ships, aircraft, automobiles, and satellites. He is the author or coauthor of over 100 publications and 15 US Patents in the fields of electromechanics and power electronics.
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Tom Leighton
Chief Executive Officer
Akamai

Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998, and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist for 14 years before becoming Chief Executive. Dr. Leighton is Akamai's technology visionary and leads the senior management team in setting the company's strategic direction, while engaging directly with customers and partners from around the globe. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications, Dr. Leighton's work behind establishing Akamai was based on recognizing that a solution to freeing up Web congestion could be found in applied mathematics and algorithms. Akamai has demonstrated this through the creation of the world's largest distributed computing platform that dynamically routes content and applications across a network of over 150,000 servers. Dr. Leighton's technology achievements at Akamai earned him recognition as one of the Top 10 Technology Innovators in U.S. News & World Report.

Prior to his role as CEO of Akamai, Dr. Leighton was also a Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Dr. Leighton holds numerous patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols, algorithms for networks, cryptography, and digital rights management. During the course of his career, he has served on dozens of government, industrial and academic review committees; program committees; and editorial boards. He is a former two-term chair of the 2,000-member Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Complexity Theory, and a former two-term editor-in-chief of the Journal of the ACM. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Leighton served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), during which time he chaired the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. Dr. Leighton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Leighton has published more than 100 research papers, and his leading text on parallel algorithms and architectures has been translated into several languages. Dr. Leighton graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT.
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Hilton Pryce Lewis
Founder and CEO
GVD Corporation

Dr. Hilton Pryce Lewis is the Founder and CEO of GVD Corporation. Hilton started GVD in 2001 after completing his Doctoral studies with Dr. Karen Gleason at MIT. During this time, Hilton recognized the commercial potential of the ultra-thin polymer coating technology that had been pioneered in Dr. Gleason’s lab , and founded GVD with the vision of scaling up and commercializing the technology as broadly as possible. Hilton has been the driving force behind the company since inception, and has successfully led the company from a startup endeavor to a thriving technology company serving multiple disparate industries, from tire manufacturing to semiconductors. Hilton received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Natal, South Africa and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT.
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John Lienhard
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water and Food
Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab
Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

John H. Lienhard V is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water and Food and the Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT. During more than 26 years on the MIT faculty, Lienhard’s research and educational efforts have focused on water purification and desalination, heat and fluid flow, and experimentation. He has also filled a number of administrative roles at MIT. Lienhard received his bachelors and masters degrees in thermal engineering at UCLA from the Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department. He joined MIT immediately after completing his PhD in the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science Department at UC San Diego. Lienhard’s research on water purification includes humidification-dehumidification desalination, membrane distillation desalination, osmotic processes, solar-driven desalination, scale formation, electrodialysis, management of high salinity brines, thermodynamic and energy efficiency analysis of desalination cycles, and energy-water nexus issues. Lienhard has directly supervised more than 70 graduate theses and postdoctoral associates.

Lienhard is a recipient of the 1988 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1992 SAE Teetor Award, a 1997 R&D 100 Award, the 2012 ASME Technical Communities Globalization Medal, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Lienhard and his students have received three best paper awards at water and desalination conferences during the past 3 years. He holds more than a dozen US Patents, many of which have been commercialized in the water industry. Lienhard is the co-author of textbooks on heat transfer and on measurement and instrumentation. His heat transfer book has been available online at no charge since 2002, and more than 300,000 copies have been downloaded (ahtt.mit.edu). His measurements book has sold more than 100,000 copies. He has created new courses on desalination, on thermal modeling, and on compressible fluid mechanics. He has also received several awards at MIT for his teaching. In addition, Lienhard has directed the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM since it was founded in 2008.
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Timothy Lu
Associate Professor
Research Laboratory of Electronics
MIT Synthetic Biology Center
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Timothy Lu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Tim received his undergraduate and M.Eng. degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He obtained an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Program. Tim has won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, Grand Prize in the National Inventor Hall of Fame’s Collegiate Inventors Competition, and the Leon Reznick Memorial Prize for “outstanding performance in research” from Harvard Medical School. He has also been selected as a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and a Siebel Scholar. Outside of the lab, Tim enjoys playing volleyball and tennis.

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Stuart Madnick
John Norris Maguire (1960) Professor of Information Technology and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, PROFIT Program
MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. Madnick holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT and has been an MIT faculty member since 1972. He served as the head of MIT's Information Technologies Group in the Sloan School of Management for more than twenty years.

Dr. Madnick is the author or co-author of over 250 books, articles, or reports including the classic textbook on Operating Systems. His current research interests include information integration technologies, semantic connectivity among disparate distributed information systems, database technology, software project management, internet applications, and the strategic use of information technology.

Dr. Madnick has been active in industry, as a key designer and developer of projects such as IBM's VM/370 operating system and Lockheed's DIALOG information retrieval system. He has served as a consultant to major corporations, including IBM, AT&T, and Citicorp. He has also been the founder or co-founder of five high-tech firms, and currently operates a hotel in the 14th century Langley Castle in England.
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Agustin Lopez Marquez
Founder and CEO
SQZ Biotechnologies

Agustin started his career in Procter & Gamble in 2005 as an R&D engineer where he led the development of a $5m NPV product in Latin America. Both final product and marketing campaign obtained best results ever when tested among target consumers. Product was later introduced in Asia and Europe. Then, he attended MIT and completed his Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2009. From 2010 until 2013, he worked for Novartis Vaccines where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Technical Development, Engineering, Manufacturing Sciences and Technologies and Supply Chain with several international assignments in UK, Germany, Italy and US. He led several improvement projects that combined resulted in $10m savings. Before joining SQZ, he was the Global Value Chain Manager for the Novartis’ meningococcal vaccines portfolio that accounts for $300m in annual sales. Agustin holds a B.S. from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela and a M.S. from MIT, both in Chemical Engineering.

Access to the cell cytoplasm enables the study the intricacies of diseases as well as expands the potential for therapeutic intervention. Current methods are often highly specific to a particular material and/or cell type and thus are limited in their efficacy. SQZ’s technology was developed at MIT in 2013 and is a microfluidic device capable of high throughput, robust intracellular delivery of a range of materials for applications from immunotherapy and drug discovery.
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Melissa Monich
Vice President, R&D, Global Shave Care & Braun/Devices
Procter & Gamble

POSITIONS HELD AND DATES:
1984 Latin America Division, Product Development, Personal Care Products, Cincinnati, Ohio
1985 Beauty Care, Hair Care Product Development, Cincinnati, Ohio
1986 Maternity Leave
1989 Maternity Leave
1991 Section Head, Global Hair Care Product Development, Cincinnati, Ohio
1996 Associate Director, Global Hair Care Product Development, Cincinnati, Ohio
1997 Associate Director, Europe and Middle East Hair Care Product Development, London, U.K.
2000 Director, Hair Care Technoclogy Development, Cincinnati, Ohio
2001 Director, Beauty Care Technology Development, Cincinnati, Ohio
2004 Director, Global Shampoo Product Development, Cincinnati, Ohio
2006 R&D Manager, Global Pet Care, Dayton, Ohio
2007 R&D Manager, Global Snacks, Beverage & Pet Care, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio
2008 R&D Manager, Global Retail Hair, Cincinnati, Ohio
2009 Vice President, Global Retail Hair, Salon Professional, Research and Development, Cincinnati, Ohio
2011 Vice President, R&D Global Shave Care & Braun/Devices

EXTERNAL AFFLICATIONS
2009 – 2011 STRIVE Operating Committee, Cincinnatti, OH
2012 – Present St. Stephens Espiscopal Church – Executive Committee, Boston, MA
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Sridaran Natesan
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Science Relations (North America)
Sanofi

Dr. Sridaran Natesan is the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Science Relations (North America) and a senior member of the Science Strategy, External Innovation and Science Policy group at Sanofi. Prior to taking this role in 2009, he served as the Scientific Site Head of Sanofi-Aventis in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2005-2009, he served as the Senior Distinguished Scientist and co-led the stem cell initiative at Sanofi-aventis. Dr. Natesan has 20 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience and during this time was leading multiple scientific teams focused on drug discovery and held several senior management roles. Dr. Natesan is responsible for setting up major partnerships with major academic and medical institutions, biotechnology companies and disease foundations.

Dr. Natesan received his Ph.D degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Calgary and pursued his post-doctoral work at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York. Dr. Natesan serves on several committees and boards including the Industry Committee of International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), Mass BioEd and U Mass Center for Clinical & Translational Science.
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Francis O'Sullivan
Director of Research and Analytics (MITEI)
MIT Energy Initiative
Dr. Francis O’Sullivan is Director of Research and Analysis at the MIT Energy Initiative, and a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests span a range of topics related to energy technologies, policy and economics. His current research is focused on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, and solar energy. He has extensive expertise regarding the production dynamics and associated economics of North America’s shale plays. His work also includes the study of global gas market dynamics and the LNG trade, and he is actively studying the implications for international energy markets of emerging unconventional hydrocarbon resource plays, particularly those in China and Australia.

He has written and spoken widely on these topics, and has made presentations to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Brookings Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the National Governors’ Association, the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, at CERAWeek, the American Physical Society, and to a range of other academic, policy and industry forums. He is an author of the 2011 MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, and a member of the MIT Future of Solar Energy study group. Dr. O’Sullivan is also an elected member of the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.

Prior to joining MIT, Dr. O’Sullivan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked extensively in the areas of economic, investment and risk analysis, strategic planning, and operations in the private equity, oil and gas, electric utility, and renewable energy sectors.

Dr. O’Sullivan received his Ph.D., E.E., and S.M. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.E. degree from the National University of Ireland, all in electrical engineering.
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Tomás Palacios
Emmanuel Landsman CD Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Tomás Palacios is the Emmanuel Landsman CD Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he leads the Advanced Semiconductor Materials and Devices Group. His research focuses on the combination of new semiconductor materials and device concepts to advance the fields of information technology, biosensors and energy conversion. His work has been recognized with multiple awards including the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and numerous best paper awards. Prof. Palacios has authored more than 200 contributions on advanced semiconductor devices in international journals and conferences, 40 of them invited, 3 book chapters and 8 patents. He is the founding director of the MIT Center for Graphene Devices and 2D Systems(MIT-CG), and the MIT GaN Energy Initiative.
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Vitor Pamplona
Co-Founder and CTO
EyeNetra

Vitor Pamplona is a specialist on patient-centric eye diagnostics. Vitor is co-founder and CTO of one of the most disruptive health startups in the US, EyeNetra Inc., co-founder of PUBBoston, a science discussion group for Brazilians living in the New England. PhD in Computer Science, Vitor created award-winning two-dollar smartphone snap-ons to measure refractive errors (NETRA) and map cataracts (CATRA), a research that would later be named as one of the biggest MIT achievements of 2010 by the Provost. At EyeNetra, Vitor fundraised 6.5m US dollars to develop NETRA further, pioneering other seven patented technologies for eye relaxation, accommodation control and objective methods to map refractive errors from smartphone pictures. Vitor also created novel physiologically-based models of human eyes, new methods for interactive assessment of retinal images, and a new 3D display that eliminate the need of corrective eyeglasses. He is a recipient of the Silver Thomas Edison Award 2012, NASA Health Innovation Award 2010, the Vodafone Innovation Award 2011 and is one of the few PhD students that published 4 academic papers as first author at the prestigious ACM SIGGRAPH conference. In Brazil, Vitor is known for co-founding one of the largest collaboration platforms for software engineers reaching 50k portuguese-speaking developers in the early 2000s (JavaFree), the first 3D game engine for feature phones and the first image-based gesture-tracing glove (IBDG). He founded his first technology company when he was 15 years-old, worked full-time on the IT sector throughout his 5 years in college, is a live streamer of innovation and has a penchant for open-source software.

EyeNETRA's mission is to give everyone access to the vision correction they need to see the world. Using advanced eye measurement technology developed by the team, we’re creating tools that enable anyone, anywhere to gain access to the best eye test possible. The mobile network will connect people to a personalized eye testing experience, where individuals and their care providers can collaborate around accurate data, and make better-informed choices, facilitated by technology.
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Dipul Patel
Co-Founder and CEO
Ecovent

Dipul Patel, CEO, founded ecovent in late 2012 at MIT Sloan at the start of his MBA studies. Dip leads the ecovent team, and has known all of the development team for almost a decade. Prior to ecovent, Dip spent eight years at Lockheed Martin in program management, sales and engineering design. He's been chased by a hippo and bitten by a tiger, but still loves animals – especially his dog!

ecovent makes home heating and cooling smarter. Its system of wireless sensors and vents enables homeowners to control the temperature of each room individually so that every room is finally comfortable and there's no need to heat or cool empty space.
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Jason Pontin
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
MIT Technology Review
Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum

As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.

From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.
Mr. Pontin was born in London and raised in Northern California. He was educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.
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Yuriy Román
Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Román received his Ph.D. in chemical and biological engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, working under the supervision of Professor James A. Dumesic. His thesis work involved the catalytic conversion of carbohydrates obtained from lignocellulosic biomass into chemical intermediates used for the production of biofuels and biomaterials. He then moved to the California Institute of Technology to pursue postdoctoral research in the synthesis and characterization of microporous and mesoporous materials in the group of Professor Mark E. Davis. There, he investigated structure-function relations in zeolites for applications related to the isomerization of carbohydrates and production of acetic acid.

Román joined MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor in Fall 2010.

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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

Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is the first Director of Digital Learning at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Senaya and ESSESS. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek's Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.
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Rahul Sarpeshkar
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Rahul Sarpeshkar is a tenured professor at MIT where he heads a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems (http://www.rle.mit.edu/acbs/). His bioengineering group creates novel wet DNA-protein circuits in living cells and also advanced dry nanoelectronic circuits on silicon chips. His longstanding work on analog and biological computation and his recent work in NATURE (May 2013) have helped pioneer the field of analog synthetic biology.

He holds over 35 awarded patents and has authored more than 125 publications, including one that was featured on the cover of Nature. His recent book, Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired Systems revealed the deep connections between analog transistor circuits and biochemical circuits. His group holds several first or best world records in analog, bio-inspired, synthetic biology, medical device, ultra low power, and energy harvesting systems. He has received several awards including the NSF Career Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the Packard Fellows Award. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT and a PhD at CalTech. Before he joined MIT’s faculty, he was a member of the technical staff of Bell Labs’ division of biological computation.
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Tom Shaginaw
University Research Program Manager
Advanced Technologies Organization
GE Global Research

Tom Shaginaw is currently the University Research Program Manager at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. He’s held this role since June of 2010. Additionally, since 2012, Tom has served as the Director of Research Expansion where he is the project executive responsible for establishing GE’s new Oil and Gas focused research facility in Oklahoma City, OK.

Tom began his career working for General Dynamics (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) in Fort Worth, TX, designing ground support equipment for the F-16 Fighter. He subsequently led an avionics team for the FS-X Fighter.

Tom joined General Electric Transportation Systems in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1995 as a Systems Engineer on the AC6000 New Control System and later led the Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineering organization, which received the corporation’s Dushman Award for technology that creates a significant business impact. He transferred to Global Research in 1999 to manage Services Research for GE Engines Services (Aircraft Engines). In 2001, he joined the Global Technology Development organization where he formed and secured research efforts with the US government. He became a certified Six Sigma black belt in 2004. In 2004, Tom became the Airplane Programs Leader at GR, managing research programs with key GE Aviation customers and partners. This collaboration resulted in GE Global Research being named as co-recipient of Boeing’s 2007 Technology Supplier of the Year. In 2007, Tom was named Acting Business Program Manager for GE Transportation and a key commercial partner.

Tom earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Penn State and a M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University.
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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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Susan Solomon
Ellen Swallow Richards (1873) Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change
MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Susan Solomon joined the Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences faculty as Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science effective January 1, 2012.

Susan Solomon is widely recognized as a leader in the field of atmospheric science. She is well known for having pioneered the theory explaining why the ozone hole occurs in Antarctica, and obtaining some of the first chemical measurements that helped to establish the chlorofluorocarbons as its cause. She is also the author of several influential scientific papers in climate science, including one on the irreversibility of the climate change problem, and a popular book on Antarctic history, The Coldest March [selected among '2001 Books of the Year' lists of the New York Times, the Economist (UK), and the Independent (UK)]. Among her many awards, she received the 1999 National Medal of Science (the highest scientific honor in the U.S.), as well as the Grande Medaille (the highest award of the French Academy of Sciences) and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, and the Acadameia Europaea. She also co-led Working Group I of the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and is the author of several books. Time magazine named Solomon as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008.

Professor Solomon plans to build on her previous work in advancing the understanding of radiative forcing and climate change on time scales ranging from decades to millennia and to begin new interdisciplinary research, initially focusing on how temporal and spatial scales of environmental phenomena influence human decision making.
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Robert Stoner
Deputy Director for Science and Technology
Co-Director, Tata Center for Technology and Design
MIT Energy Initiative

Robert J. Stoner is an inventor and technology entrepreneur who has worked extensively in academia and industry throughout his career, having built and managed successful technology firms in the semiconductor, IT and optics industries. From 2007 through 2009 he lived and worked in Africa and India while serving in a variety of senior roles within the Clinton Foundation. Stoner also serves as co-Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT, and is a member of the Science and Technology Committee of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, which manages the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His current research relates to energy technology and policy for developing countries. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Queen’s University, and his Ph.D. from Brown University in condensed matter physics.
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Michael Strano
Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Michael S. Strano is currently the Charles and Hilda Roddey Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received is B.S from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware both in Chemical Engineering. He was a post doctoral research fellow at Rice University in the departments of Chemistry and Physics under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley. From 2003 to 2007, Michael was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving to MIT. His research focuses on biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a 2006 Beckman Young Investigator Award, the 2006 Coblentz Award for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Unilever Award from the American Chemical Society in 2007 for excellence in colloidal science, and the 2008 Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society, the 2008 Allen P. Colburn Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and recently selected as a member of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10.
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Jessika Trancik
Atlantic Richfield Career Development Assistant Professor in Energy Studies
MIT Engineering Systems Division

Prof. Trancik earned a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University (1997), and a Ph.D. in materials science from Oxford University (2002), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Trancik was a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and a fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where she focused on modeling energy systems. She has also worked for the United Nations, and as an advisor to the private sector on the development of low-carbon energy technologies. She has published in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nano Letters, and Environmental Research Letters.

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Trond Undheim
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder, Yegii, Inc.
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer & Lead, Startup Initiative
MIT Industrial Liaison Program

Trond heads up the Startup Initiative at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), facilitating productive relationships between industry and MIT’s startup ecosystem. He is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Trond is a serial entrepreneur with Scandinavian roots, and is currently the Founder of Yegii, Inc., the insight network, and Managing Director of Tautec Consulting.

Trond is a leading expert on technology development across industries such as IT, Energy, and Healthcare. His knowledge spans entrepreneurship, strategy frameworks, policy making, action learning, virtual teamwork, knowledge management, standardization, and e-government. He wrote the book Leadership From Below (2008). Trond speaks six languages and is a frequent public speaker on business, technology, and wine.

Trond was a Strategy/business development executive at Oracle Corp. (2008-12), and a policy maker in the EU (2004-8) where he built the ePractice.eu web platform with 120,000 members. He has worked with multinational companies, with mid-caps and startups in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Norway, the UK, and the US. He has a PhD in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Education
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Dr. Polit. degree in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies
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Brian Wardle
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Nano-Engineered Composite Aerospace Structures (NECST) Consortium
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Prof. Brian L. Wardle is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT where his work focuses on materials and structures. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University in 1992 and completed S.M. and Ph.D. work at MIT in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1995 and 1998, respectively. In 2003, Prof. Wardle joined the faculty of MIT as Boeing Assistant Professor, and later Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2010. His research interests are in the areas of nano-engineered advanced composites, bulk nanostructured materials, carbon-based material synthesis, traditional composites, power-MEMS devices (fuel cells and vibrational energy harvesters), and other structure and materials topics. Prof. Wardle is founder and Director of the necstlab research group and MIT’s Nano-Engineered Composite aerospace STructures (NECST) industry Consortium. Prof. Wardle is active in the Materials Processing Center (MPC), Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN), Center for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), and the Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) communities. He has served as the materials/structures lead for MIT’s Microchemical Power MURI team developing MEMS-scale solid oxide fuel cells. His research focuses on bulk nanostructured materials, particularly nanoengineered hierarchical advanced composites with enghanced mechanical properties, with recent extensions towards energy storage and conversion devices and microfludics. Highlights from recent work include conception and fabrication of aligned carbon nanotubes (CNT) nanoengineered composite laminate architectures, discovery of a new class of oxide catalysts for carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis, nonlinear design and operation of thermomechanically stable ultra-thin fuel cells operating in the postbuckling regime, development with experimental verification of a design tool for optimal-power MEMS energy harvesters. Past work on composites includes the discovery of a before unobserved type of impact damage due to composite shell material/structural interactions. Prof. Wardle has authored over 70 journal articles, given more than 80 invited talks, and holds 4 patents with more than 10 other applications pending in the area of nano-engineered materials. Professor Wardle’s educational activities cover experimentation and modeling of materials and structures, particularly the integration of nanotechnology with existing manufacturing routes.
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Ron Weiss
Professor of Biological Engineering
Director, MIT Synthetic Biology Center
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ron Weiss's research (formerly based at Pinceton University) focuses on programming new cellular behaviors by designing and embedding synthetic gene networks that perform desired functions in single cells and multi-cellular environments. We genetically engineer a variety of cell types including bacteria, yeast, and mammalian stem cells. This nascent field of Synthetic Biology holds promise for a wide range of applications such as programmed tissue engineering, environmental biosensing and effecting, biomaterial fabrication, and an improved understanding of naturally occuring biological processes.

Synthetic biology -- Construction and analysis of synthetic gene networks. Use of computer engineering principles of abstraction, composition, and interface specifications to program cells with sensors and actuators precisely controlled by analog and digital logic circuitry. Emphasis on establishing the engineering foundation for synthetic biology and the pursuit of novel applications enabled by the technology (e.g. programmed tissue engineering, diabetes, engineered neuronal circuits).
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Larry Wendling
Vice President
Corporate Research Laboratory
3M

Dr. Larry A. Wendling has held a succession of technical and management positions throughout his 3M career. During his 35-year career, he has had the opportunity to develop and execute technical and business strategies on a global basis for a number of 3M’s laboratories and businesses.

He began his career in 3M’s former Central Research in 1977. From 1981 until 1992, Dr. Wendling held several management positions within 3M’s corporate research laboratories, eventually resulting in his appointment to the positions of technical director of the Industrial and Electronic Research Laboratory and 3M’s Ceramic Technology Center. In this capacity, his laboratories were involved with a broad spectrum of 3M materials-based technologies.

From 1992-96, Dr. Wendling served as technical director for 3M’s European Business Center located in Neuss, Germany. From 1997-2003, he held various positions in 3M’s fluorochemical businesses including: technical director, executive R&D director and, ultimately, general manager and vice president of 3M’s Performance Materials Division. In these assignments, he helped design and commercialize fluoromaterial product families and businesses based on the principle of environmental sustainability.

Beginning in 2003, Dr. Wendling led the reinvention of 3M’s 1,000-person Corporate Research Laboratory charged with the development of science and technology to support 3M’s future businesses. The coupling of leading edge technology developed in this laboratory to customer needs, as identified by 3M’s global business units, is the driver for 3M innovation and new product growth. From 2007-2012 Dr. Wendling assumed responsibility for 3M’s 4,000-person International Technical Organization in addition to his Corporate Research Laboratory role. Beginning in 2013, Dr. Wendling is focusing full time on the Corporate Research Laboratories.

Dr. Wendling is an emeritus Trustee for the Science Museum of Minnesota, an Advisory Board member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department, and an American Chemical Society member.

Dr. Wendling received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Knox College in 1970 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1975, followed by a post-doctoral assignment at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.

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