2021 MIT Research and Development Conference

Resiliency Through Innovation

November 17, 2021 - November 18, 2021
2021 MIT Research and Development Conference
Conference


Location

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

Overview

Fall 2021 ILP's in-person conferences will be open to fully vaccinated individuals only, excepting those individuals who have a medical condition or religious exemption. ILP members will use a new application developed at MIT -- Tim Tickets -- to grant campus access or scan into an event.


Long before the current pandemic, MIT has fostered a culture which believes that innovation is about change, and that change is about resiliency. Enduring and recovering from difficult technical, environmental, and personal challenges depends on how quickly we can innovate a solution around them. New technologies which succeed are those which can adapt to different settings, promise widespread application, and most importantly, stay flexible in a constantly changing business environment. 

Please join us back on campus, in person, at our annual Research and Development Conference on November 17-18, 2021. Meet MIT researchers, MIT Startup Exchange entrepreneurs, and global business leaders working in a spectrum of the following fields:

Day One Concurrent Tracks
Track 1 – Sustainability
Track 2 - Corporate Innovation
Track 3 - Disruptive Technology in Manufacturing
Track 4 - Sensors: Design, Application, Analysis
 
Day Two Concurrent Tracks
Track 5 - Health Science Technology: DNA and RNA in Diagnostics & Therapeutics
Track 6 – Energy
Track 7 - Mobility
Track 8 - New Space: From MIT to Earth Orbit and Beyond
 

ILP is offering a unique opportunity to join one of four tours at MIT after the conference. Sign-up for the tours will be available shortly before the conference.

MIT.nano (includes the Immersion Lab, 10 people max)
Media Lab (2 tours, 10 people each)
MIT campus walking tour (15 people max)
Kendall Square tour with MITIMCO (MIT Investment management Company)

MIT’s Office of Sustainability and Innovation HQ (15 people max)


REGISTRATION FEE

  • ILP Member: Complimentary
  • General Public: $1,850 
  • Current MIT Faculty/Staff/Student: Complimentary

Visiting MIT: https://www.mit.edu/visitmit/

Where to Stay: https://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/where-to-stay

Registration Questions: ocrevents@mit.edu

  • Overview

    Fall 2021 ILP's in-person conferences will be open to fully vaccinated individuals only, excepting those individuals who have a medical condition or religious exemption. ILP members will use a new application developed at MIT -- Tim Tickets -- to grant campus access or scan into an event.


    Long before the current pandemic, MIT has fostered a culture which believes that innovation is about change, and that change is about resiliency. Enduring and recovering from difficult technical, environmental, and personal challenges depends on how quickly we can innovate a solution around them. New technologies which succeed are those which can adapt to different settings, promise widespread application, and most importantly, stay flexible in a constantly changing business environment. 

    Please join us back on campus, in person, at our annual Research and Development Conference on November 17-18, 2021. Meet MIT researchers, MIT Startup Exchange entrepreneurs, and global business leaders working in a spectrum of the following fields:

    Day One Concurrent Tracks
    Track 1 – Sustainability
    Track 2 - Corporate Innovation
    Track 3 - Disruptive Technology in Manufacturing
    Track 4 - Sensors: Design, Application, Analysis
     
    Day Two Concurrent Tracks
    Track 5 - Health Science Technology: DNA and RNA in Diagnostics & Therapeutics
    Track 6 – Energy
    Track 7 - Mobility
    Track 8 - New Space: From MIT to Earth Orbit and Beyond
     

    ILP is offering a unique opportunity to join one of four tours at MIT after the conference. Sign-up for the tours will be available shortly before the conference.

    MIT.nano (includes the Immersion Lab, 10 people max)
    Media Lab (2 tours, 10 people each)
    MIT campus walking tour (15 people max)
    Kendall Square tour with MITIMCO (MIT Investment management Company)

    MIT’s Office of Sustainability and Innovation HQ (15 people max)


    REGISTRATION FEE

    • ILP Member: Complimentary
    • General Public: $1,850 
    • Current MIT Faculty/Staff/Student: Complimentary

    Visiting MIT: https://www.mit.edu/visitmit/

    Where to Stay: https://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/where-to-stay

    Registration Questions: ocrevents@mit.edu

Register

Agenda

  • Day One: November 17, Wednesday | Plenaries
    8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

    Registration and Light Breakfast
    8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

    Welcome and Introduction
    Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations
    Corey Cheng
    Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations

    Dr. Corey Cheng joined the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) as an Senior Industrial Liaison Officer in December 2011. He has broad interests in science and technology, and uses his technical research experience to better serve ILP members in Asia and the United States.

    Cheng spent six years in industrial research at Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco, where he contributed to sound compression (Dolby Digital, AAC, MP3), wireless networking, fingerprinting, and spatial/“3-D audio” technologies. Later, he was Associate Professor and Director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in music engineering technology at the University of Miami, Florida, where he also held a dual appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Cheng holds various U.S. and international patents, has published technical papers, and has presented at various conferences. His technical work includes collaborations and consulting work with the U.S. Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory, Fujitsu-Ten USA, Starkey Laboratories, America Online, and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Cheng was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Circuits and Systems Society from 2009-2010, and was a Westinghouse (Intel) Science Talent Search national finalist many years ago.

    Cheng holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (Ph.D., M.S.E. University of Michigan), Electro-Acoustic Music (M.A. Dartmouth College), and physics (B.A. Harvard University).

    Personally, Dr. Cheng is an American Born Chinese (ABC), serves as his family’s genealogist, and traces his roots back to Toi San, Guang Dong Province and Xing Hua, Jiang Su Province, China. He also has a background in music, and his electro-acoustic compositions have been presented at various U.S. and international venues.

    9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

    MIT Innovation Ecosystem
    Executive Director, MIT Corporate Relations
    Director, Alliance Management
    MIT Office of Strategic Alliances & Technology Transfer
    Karl Koster, Executive Director, MIT Corporate Relations
    Karl Koster
    Executive Director, MIT Corporate Relations
    Director, Alliance Management
    MIT Office of Strategic Alliances & Technology Transfer

    Karl Koster is the Executive Director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program and MIT Startup Exchange.

    In that capacity, Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

    Koster is also the Director of Alliance Management in the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT). OSATT was launched in Fall 2019 as part of a plan to reinvent MIT’s research administration infrastructure. OSATT develops agreements that facilitate MIT projects, programs and consortia with industrial, nonprofit, and international sponsors, partners and collaborators.

    He is past chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

    He graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics, and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to returning to MIT, Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.

    9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

    Resiliency and Energy at MIT: The MIT Energy Initiative and the Future Energy Systems Center
    Director, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)
    Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Robert Armstrong
    Director, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)
    Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Professor Robert C. Armstrong directs the MIT Energy Initiative, an Institute-wide effort at MIT linking science, technology, and policy to transform the world’s energy systems. A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Armstrong served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007. His research interests include polymer fluid mechanics, rheology of complex materials, and energy.

    Armstrong has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020) and the National Academy of Engineering (2008). He received the Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering (2020), Warren K. Lewis Award (2006), and the Professional Progress Award (1992), all from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also received the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter,

    Armstrong was a member of MIT’s Future of Natural Gas and Future of Solar Energy study groups. He advised the teams that developed MITEI’s most recent reports, The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World (2018) and Insights into Future Mobility (2019), and is co-chairing the new MITEI study, The Future of Storage. He co-edited Game Changers: Energy on the Move with former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

    9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

    Resiliency and Sustainability at MIT: The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium
    Edgerton Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Elsa Olivetti
    Edgerton Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

    Elsa Olivetti is the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on improving the environmental and economic sustainability of materials in the context of rapid-expanding global demand. Dr. Olivetti received her B.S. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from MIT.

    10:10 AM - 10:15 AM

    MIT Professional Education
    10:15 AM - 10:20 AM

    The MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Student Internship Program

    Executive Director
    MISTI

    Julich Perez
    April Julich Perez

    Executive Director
    MISTI

    As executive director, April Julich Perez oversees the MISTI country programs, seed funds and partnerships that create opportunities for MIT students and faculty to learn and collaborate abroad.

    Julich Perez has worked on the editorial support staff of the International Herald Tribune and the parisavenue.com division of Le Figaro in France, and in Boston as Assistant Cultural Attachée for the French Consulate. Prior to joining MISTI in 2005, she was Program Associate in MIT's Office of the Arts.

    While completing a BA in French at the University of Nebraska, Julich Perez earned certificates in European studies and French linguistics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and the Center for Applied Linguistics in Besançon, France. She holds an MA in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University.

    Julich Perez serves on the policies and procedures group of MIT's International Coordinating Committee. She participated in MIT's Leader to Leader program and is a recipient of the MIT Excellence Award.

    A member of NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, Julich Perez authored a case study about MIT's pioneering international education model in the NAFSA publication "Internships, Service Learning & Volunteering Abroad." She has spoken about MISTI at venues such as the American Society for Engineering Education International Forum, the Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education and the Global Internship Conference.

    10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

    Networking Break
    10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

    Resiliency and Sustainability at Delta Airlines
    Managing Director of Sustainability, Delta Air Lines
    Amelia DeLuca
    Managing Director of Sustainability

    Amelia DeLuca is Managing Director of Sustainability. She is responsible for overseeing the long-term sustainability strategy, managing Delta’s sustainability investments, building an industry-leading team and partnering with Government Affairs and Legal as the airline swiftly drives positive change in an everchanging regulatory and policy environment.   

    During her 15-year career with Delta, she has held varied positions within Global Sales, Revenue Management and Network Planning and has been based in Mexico City, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, New York City and Atlanta. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Art in Mathematics and has her M.B.A. from the University of Amsterdam. 

    She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters. 

    11:10 AM - 11:40 AM

    Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC): New Activities at MIT
    Associate Dean, Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing
    David Kaiser
    Associate Dean, Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing

    David Kaiser is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Professor of Physics at MIT, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing. He is the author of several award-winning books about modern physics, including How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011) and Quantum Legacies: Dispatches from an Uncertain World (2020). A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Kaiser has received MIT’s highest awards for excellence in teaching. His work has been featured in Science, Nature, the New York Times, and the New Yorker magazine. His group’s efforts to conduct a “Cosmic Bell” test of quantum entanglement were featured in the documentary film Einstein’s Quantum Riddle, which premiered in 2019.

    The interface of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) techniques with people --- both individuals and groups --- presents special opportunities as well as challenges. The challenges are often described as "algorithmic bias," though there exists a whole range of potential harms and unintended consequences that can arise throughout the entire ML pipeline. Several of these challenges are exacerbated when AI and ML techniques move beyond research settings into real-world applications. The broad aim of new programmatic efforts at MIT on Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC) is to prepare students and facilitate research to address these important challenges.

    11:40 AM - 11:45 AM

    TBD
    11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    The Resiliency of Innovation and The Future of Kendall Square

    Paul M. Cook Career Development Associate Professor Department of Materials Science & Engineering
    MIT Department of Biological Engineering

    Krystyn Van Vliet

    Paul M. Cook Career Development Associate Professor Department of Materials Science & Engineering
    MIT Department of Biological Engineering

    Krystyn J. Van Vliet is currently Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering at MIT. Van Vliet received her Sc.B. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Brown University and MIT, respectively, focusing on mechanical behavior of metals. Upon receiving her Ph.D., Van Vliet continued postdoctoral studies at Boston Children's Hospital, applying nanomechanical experiments and simulations to problems in vascular and cancer biology, such as measuring how mechanical stress can accelerate the formation of new blood vessels.

    Van Vliet joined the MIT faculty in 2004, and her Laboratory for Material Chemomechanics studies how chemical and mechanical states are strongly coupled at complex material interfaces. These material systems range from steel and cement to polymer nanocomposites and biological cells, all sharing this characteristic chemomechanical coupling that governs functional properties, performance, and behavior. As these mechanisms occur at the atomistic/molecular level, her group develops new nanoscale experimental approaches and multiscale simulations to enable such studies, and collaborates with a wide range of researchers who synthesize and fabricate such chemomechanically coupled materials. The applications of such materials include sensors, transducers, and actuators, but the understanding obtained from such studies also enables tuning of biological function as is required of cell-based drug screening or cell-based therapies.

    Increasingly, her focus has included a focus on translation and manufacturing of engineered biotech platforms. Since 2013, Van Vliet has served as the faculty lead for MIT's Advanced Manufacturing Innovation activities, including MIT's participation in the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0.

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    MIT Startup Exchange Lightning Talks
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Lunch with Startup Exhibit
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Concurrent Technology Tracks - Day One
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Networking Reception
  • Day One | Track 1: Sustainability

    MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium
    Jeremy Gregory
    Executive Director

    Jeremy Gregory is the Executive Director of the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium. In this role he coordinates the activities of a diverse set of industry leaders who work closely with the MIT community to drive priorities and strategy around sustainability, climate change mitigation, and adaptation.

    Jeremy brings extensive experience in working with industry partners and diverse stakeholders across the Institute. In his most recent role as Executive Director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, Jeremy worked directly with industry leaders; drew links between academia, industry, and government; helped define strategy; and coordinated research activities with external collaborators. Jeremy has also served as a Faculty Fellow within MIT’s Office of Sustainability since 2018. In this role, he has collaborated with administration, faculty, staff, and students across campus to conduct analyses to support decisions related to strategies for lowering MIT’s environmental footprint, and advised staff and research fellows. In addition, early in its development, he was the Education Coordinator for the MIT Portugal Program’s Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing Focus Area, where he built education and research activities between MIT, three Portuguese universities, and numerous Portuguese companies. Through the Materials Systems Lab, Jeremy also conducted climate and sustainability research aimed at quantifying the economic and environmental implications of engineering and system design decisions in the context of many products, industries, and partners.

    The experience Jeremy brings to the MCSC will greatly benefit ongoing efforts to identify meaningful links and synergies between member companies and the MIT community, as well as among member companies themselves. As described in the recently-released Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade, “in fields from aerospace to artificial intelligence, personal devices to packaged foods, MCSC member companies are working with MIT researchers and each other to dramatically speed the creation, testing, and deployment of practical climate solutions within their production processes, supply chains, and service models.” Jeremy will continue to build upon his existing work with the Office of Sustainability so that the consortium can support the Institute’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2026, also stated in the Climate Action Plan. His background will also provide critical insight into how to best grow the activities surrounding the inaugural cohort of MCSC Impact Fellows, a group that will bridge education, industry, and research, as well as grow future action-oriented MCSC events and workshops.

    Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in mechanical engineering from Montana State University, and a Master of Science (MS) and PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT. Please join us in congratulating Jeremy on this new role.


    Cleaner and Quieter and New Biofuels: Climate and Air Quality Impacts of Aviation
    Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Steven Barrett
    Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Steven Barrett (@StevenRHBarrett) is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Associate Department Head of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. He is director of the MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment and leads the MIT Electric Aircraft Initiative. He is also a Visiting Professor at Seoul National University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments. Before joining MIT in 2010 Steven was a faculty member at Cambridge University's Engineering Department, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering. 


    Sustainability in Logistics and Supply Chain for Emerging Markets
    Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chains Lab
    Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics
    Josué C. Velázquez
    Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chains Lab
    Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

    Josué C. Velázquez Martínez is a Research Scientist, and Lecturer at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics specialized in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in transportation, manufacturing, and retail industries, and has more than 10 years of experience in conducting applied research on logistics sustainability and small firms in emerging markets. He serves as the director of the MIT Sustainable Supply Chains Lab, a research group focused on collaborating with organizations to improve their supply chain and logistics operations by considering environmental, social and business goals. Velázquez Martínez is also de director of MIT GeneSys, a research lab aimed at alleviating poverty in Latin America via developing innovative research and technology for micro and small enterprises to foster growth by improving their supply chain management capabilities. 

    Velázquez Martínez has published a variety of academic and business-oriented articles and book chapters on logistics sustainability and supply chain management, and has been constantly quoted and interviewed by different international media, including HuffPostCNNThe Washington PostBloombergNY Times, and ELLE.com. Velázquez Martínez is the lecturer at MIT of the graduate course SCM.290 Sustainable Logistics, has been invited as guest speaker and lecturer in conferences and academic seminars in Europe, Asia, the United States, and Latin America

    Velázquez Martínez holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering, an MSc in Manufacturing Systems and a PhD in Industrial Engineering with focus on Sustainability in Supply Chains from Monterrey Tech, Mexico.

  • Day One | Track 2: Corporate Innovation
    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    Innovators and Inventors
    David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
    Michael Cima
    David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

    Dr. Michael J. Cima is the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an appointment at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1982 (phi beta kappa) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1986, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Cima joined the MIT faculty in 1986 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to full Professor in 1995. He was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society in 1997. Prof. Cima was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He now holds the David H. Koch Chair of Engineering at MIT. He was appointed faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT Program in 2009 which is a program to inspire youth to be inventive and has a nationwide reach. In 2018, Cima was named a co-director of MIT's Innovation Initiative and the associate dean of innovation for the School of Engineering.

    Prof. Cima is author or co-author of over two hundred peer reviewed scientific publications, thirty seven US patents, and is a recognized expert in the field of materials processing. Prof. Cima is actively involved in materials and engineered systems for improvement in human health such as treatments for cancer, metabolic diseases, trauma, and urological disorders. Prof. Cima's research concerns advanced forming technology such as for complex macro and micro devices, colloid science, MEMS and other micro components for medical devices that are used for drug delivery and diagnostics, high-throughput development methods for formulations of materials and pharmaceutical formulations. He is a coinventor of MIT’s three dimensional printing process. His research has led to the development of chemically derived epitaxial oxide films for HTSC coated conductors. He and collaborators are developing implantable MEMS devices for unprecedented control in the delivery of pharmaceuticals and implantable diagnostic systems. Finally, through his consulting work he has been a major contributor to the development of high throughput systems for discovery of novel crystal forms and formulations of pharmaceuticals.

    Prof. Cima also has extensive entrepreneurial experience. He is co-founder of MicroChips Inc., a developer of microelectronic based drug delivery and diagnostic systems. Prof. Cima took two sabbaticals to act as senior consultant and management team member at Transform Pharmaceuticals Inc. a company that he helped start and that was ultimately acquired by Johnson and Johnson Corporation. He is a co-founder and director at T2 Biosystems a medical diagnostics company. Most recently, Prof. Cima co-founded SpringLeaf Therapeutics a specialty pharmaceutical company and Taris Biomedical a urology products company.

    2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

    TBD
    d'Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor
    Ritu Raman
    d'Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor

    Ritu Raman, PhD is the d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her lab is centered on engineering adaptive living materials for applications in medicine and machines. The Raman Lab’s current focus is building neuromuscular actuators to restore mobility and power robots. Prof. Raman has received several recognitions for scientific innovation, including being named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 lists. She is the author of the upcoming MIT Press book Biofabrication. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM and has championed many initiatives to empower women in science, including being named a AAAS IF/THEN ambassador and founding the Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT (WISDM).

    Prof. Raman received her BS from Cornell University and her PhD as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her postdoctoral research with Prof. Bob Langer at MIT, funded by a L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Networking Break
    4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

    Preparing Technical Leaders to thrive, and drive Corporate Innovation
    Bernard M Gordon Industry Co-Director and Senior Lecturer
    Gordon-MIT Program in Engineering Leadership
    Reza Rahaman
    Bernard M Gordon Industry Co-Director and Senior Lecturer
    Gordon-MIT Program in Engineering Leadership

    Dr. Rahaman returned to MIT in 2018 after a 29 year career in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharmaceuticals, and Agricultural Chemical Industries.

    Immediately prior to MIT, Reza was the Vice-president of Research, Development, and Innovation for the Specialty Division of the Clorox Company. In that role he was accountable for developing innovation strategies for a diverse set of businesses and ensuring robust technology roadmaps and innovation pipelines to deliver growth and profit targets for 45% of the Clorox Company portfolio ($2.7bn in net customer sales).  Among his businesses were Brita, Burt’s Bees, Glad, Hidden Valley Ranch, Fresh Step, and Kingsford Charcoal.

    In addition to his passion for developing leaders, Reza is passionate about workplace equality. He was the Executive Sponsor of the Clorox Pride Employee Resource group, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s premier nonprofit promoting LGBT+ workplace equality. On the Board, he currently serves as the Chair of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. He and his husband James enjoy travel and hiking.

    Reza received his BSc.(Eng.) in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, and his MSCEP in Chemical Engineering Practice and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT. 

    Innovation is inherently a cross-functional team sport and both leadership and followership are critical enablers of the success of technical professionals, yet they are rarely represented in today’s engineering curricula. At MIT, among the initiatives designed to meet this need, there are currently four complementary Technical Leadership and Communication (TLC) programs housed together in the School of Engineering – the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP), the Gordon-MIT Program in Engineering Leadership (GEL), the Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership (GradEL), and the School of Engineering Communication Lab (Comm Lab). These programs allow students to develop the professional skills in Teamwork, Communication and Leadership that enable them to leverage their technical acumen for maximum impact, at every stage of their MIT journey. I will discuss the foundational concepts on which these programs are based (the ‘Capabilities of Effective Engineering Leaders’), and the type of experiential learning we use to create the a-ha moments that open students’ minds to deeper development. While these efforts will deliver your employees of tomorrow, your employees today can benefit from the same approach, and many companies have found our template useful for assessment and development of their staff. We also offer professional education courses to help on their journey to becoming great leaders and great followers. Over a 30-year career in corporate research and development, I have left a legacy of category-changing innovation and I will be happy to share my experiences and lessons learned in response to your questions and areas of interest.       

    4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

    Corporate Innovation Assessment Tools
    Irina Franklin
    Corporate Innovation Program Director, MIT Innovation Initiative
  • Day One | Track 3: Disruptive Technology in Manufacturing
    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Data Analytics in the Smart and Instrumented Factory - From Twins to Real Time Control
    Associate Director, MIT.nano
    Faculty Lead, Industry Immersion Program in Mechanical Engineering
    Brian Anthony
    Associate Director, MIT.nano
    Faculty Lead, Industry Immersion Program in Mechanical Engineering

    Dr. Anthony has over 25 years of commercial, research, and teaching experience in product realization and information enabled manufacturing. He has extensive experience in market driven technology innovation, product realization, and business entrepreneurship and commercialization at the intersection between information technology and advanced manufacturing. His research and product development interests cross the boundaries of manufacturing and design, medical imaging, computer vision, acoustic and ultrasonic imaging, large‐scale computation and simulation, optimization, metrology, autonomous systems, sensors, and robotics. His teaching interests include the modeling of large-scale systems in a wide variety of decision-making domains and the development of optimization algorithms and software for analyzing and designing such systems.  He teaches on-line and on-campus professional programs in Smart Manufacturing and Sensory Systems Beyond IoT.

    Dr. Anthony spent the first part of his career as an entrepreneur. He developed and directed the development of products and solutions for the industrial and scientific video markets. His products fueled corporate growth from startup to dominant market leader. He has been awarded 20 patents, published over 100 peer reviewed articles, and won an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for innovations in sports broadcast technical innovation.

    The exponential growth of available computation and of available data has enabled amazing growth in the use of Machine Learning in Design and Manufacturing.  In this talk we will highlight recent, deployed to industry practice examples in the use of machine learning for real-time process control, quality control, video-based machine guidance, and in volume/3D measurement systems.

    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    TBD
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    A. John Hart
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    John Hart is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, and Director of the Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies at MIT. John’s research aims to accelerate the science and technology of production via advancements in additive manufacturing, nanostructured materials, and precision machine design. He is also a co-founder of additive manufacturing startup companies Desktop Metal and VulcanForms, and is a Board Member of Carpenter Technology Corporation.

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    TBD
    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Julie Shah
    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Julie Shah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT 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. She has developed innovative methods for enabling fluid human-robot teamwork in time-critical, safety-critical 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 team members to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork. In 2014, Shah was recognized with an NSF CAREER award for her work on “Human-aware Autonomy for Team-oriented Environments," and by the MIT Technology Review TR35 list as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. Her work on industrial human-robot collaboration was also recognized by the Technology Review as one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013, and she has received international recognition in the form of best paper awards and nominations from the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, the International Symposium on Robotics, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 

    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Networking Break
    4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    The Age of Intelligent Manufacturing
    Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Matusik
    Wojciech Matusik
    Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Wojciech Matusik is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where he leads the Computational Fabrication Group and is a member of the Computer Graphics Group. Before coming to MIT, he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Adobe Systems, and Disney Research Zurich. He studied computer graphics at MIT and received his PhD in 2003. He also received a BS in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and MS in EECS from MIT in 2001. His research interests are in computer graphics, computational design and fabrication, computer vision, robotics, and hci. In 2004, he was named one of the world’s top 100 young innovators by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. In 2009, he received the Significant New Researcher Award from ACM Siggraph. In 2012, Matusik received the DARPA Young Faculty Award and he was named a Sloan Research Fellow. In 2014, he received Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    We are entering a phase of intelligent manufacturing with machines and even entire production lines controlled by computational processes. I will describe our efforts to advance this field. I will show manufacturing systems that can automatically optimize process parameters. I will also  show machines that use virtual simulation and real-time sensing to react in real time to the manufacturing errors.

    4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    From Bits to Atoms
    Director, Center for Bits and Atoms
    Neil Gershenfeld
    Director, Center for Bits and Atoms

    Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, where his unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from pioneering quantum computing to digital fabrication to the Internet of Things. 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 Designing RealityFabWhen Things Start To ThinkThe Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The EconomistNPRCNN, and PBS. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanic's 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. He's been called the intellectual father of the maker movement, founding a growing global network of over two thousand fab labs in 125 countries that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, directing the Fab Academy for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication, and chairing the Fab Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Interspecies Internet and of the Science and Entertainment Exchange. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Strathclyde University and the University of Antwerp, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.

    After 50 years of exponential scaling in the performance and reach of digital communications and computation, we're now on the cusp of a digital revolution in fabrication that promises to bring the programmability of the digital world into the physical world. I'll describe a research roadmap leading up to Star-Trek style replicators, discuss emerging applications and design implications, and explore the social and economic consequences of anyone being able to make (almost) anything, anywhere.

  • Day One | Track 4: Sensors: Design, Application, Analysis
    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    High-Resolution Touch Sensing
    John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science
    Edward Adelson
    John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science

    Edward Adelson is the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science at MIT, in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Prof. Adelson has published widely in the areas of human vision, computer vision, and computer graphics. His current research focuses on artificial touch sensing for robotics.

    Prof. Adelson is well known for contributions to multiscale image representation (such as the Laplacian pyramid) and basic concepts in early vision such as motion energy and steerable filters (honored by the IEEE Computer Society’s Helmholtz Prize, 2013). His work on the neural mechanisms of motion perception was honored with the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics (1992). His work on layered representations for motion won the IEEE Computer Society’s Longuet-Higgins Award (2005). He introduced the plenoptic function, and built the first plenoptic camera. He has done pioneering work on the problems of material perception in human and machine vision. He has produced some well known illusions such as the Checker-Shadow Illusion. Prof. Adelson has recently developed a novel technology for artificial touch sensing, called GelSight, which converts touch to images, and which enables robots to have tactile sensitivity exceeding that of human skin.

    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Electrochemical Sensors to Detect Environmental Contaminants
    Raymond (1921) & Helen St. Laurent Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Ariel L. Furst
    Raymond (1921) & Helen St. Laurent Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Ariel L. Furst received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Chicago working with Prof. Stephen B. H. Kent on the chemical synthesis of proteins. She then completed her Ph.D. in the lab of Prof. Jacqueline K. Barton at the California Institute of Technology developing new cancer diagnostic strategies based on DNA charge transport. She was then an A. O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Prof. Matthew Francis at the University of California, Berkeley. She is now an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT. She is passionate about STEM outreach and increasing participation of underrepresented groups in engineering.

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Applications of Single-Photon Detection Sensors

    Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
    NEC Career Development Professor
    MIT Media Lab

    Raskar
    Ramesh Raskar

    Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
    NEC Career Development Professor
    MIT Media Lab

    Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and directs the Camera Culture research group. His focus is on AI and Imaging for health and sustainability. These interfaces span research in physical (e.g., sensors, health-tech), digital (e.g., automating machine learning) and global (e.g., geomaps, autonomous mobility) domains. He received the Lemelson Award (2016), ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award (2017), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2009), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2009), TR100 Award from MIT Technology Review (2004) and Global Indus Technovator Award (2003). He has worked on special research projects at Google [X] and Facebook and co-founded/advised several companies.

    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Networking Break
    4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Merging Human-Machine Intelligence with Soft Materials Technology

    Robert N Noyce Career Development Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Head, Soft Active Materials Laboratory (SAMs)
    MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Xuanhe Zhao

    Robert N Noyce Career Development Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Head, Soft Active Materials Laboratory (SAMs)
    MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Xuanhe Zhao is an associate professor in mechanical engineering at MIT. His research group designs soft materials that possess unprecedented properties to address grant societal challenges. Dr. Zhao is the recipient of the early career award and young investigator award from National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Society of Engineering Science, American Vacuum Society, Adhesion Society, Materials Today, Journal of Applied Mechanics, and Extreme Mechanics Letters. He held the Hunt Faculty Scholar at Duke, and the d'Arbeloff Career Development Chair and Noyce Career Development Professor at MIT. He was selected as a highly cited researcher by Web of Science in 2018.

    4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Silicon Photonics for LiDAR, Augmented Reality, and Beyond
    Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Jelena Notaros
    Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Jelena Notaros is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Principal Investigator in the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, and a Core Faculty Member of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2020 and 2017, respectively, and B.S. degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. Her research interests are in integrated silicon photonics devices, systems, and applications, with an emphasis on integrated optical phased arrays for LiDAR and augmented reality.

    Jelena's work has been published in Nature, OSA, IEEE, and SPIE journals and conference proceedings. She was a Top-Three DARPA Riser, a DARPA D60 Plenary Speaker, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Listee, an MIT Presidential Fellow, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, an MIT EECS Rising Star, and an AIM Photonics Academy Supporting Instructor. Jelena was an invited speaker at 2020 SPIE Photonics West, 2019 OSA CLEO, 2020 OSA FiO, 2019 OSA IPR, 2020 OSA NETWORKS, 2020 OSA AIO, and 2019 IEEE Photonics North. She was the recipient of the 2020 MIT RLE Early Career Development Award, 2019 OSA CLEO Chair's Pick Award, 2014 IEEE Region 5 Student Paper Competition Award, 2019 MIT MARC Best Overall Paper Award and Best Pitch Award, 2018 and 2014 OSA Incubic Milton Chang Student Travel Grant, 2014 Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award, 2015 CU Boulder Chancellor's Recognition Award, 2015 CU Boulder College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement Award, and 2015 CU Boulder Electrical Engineering Distinguished Senior Award.

  • Day Two: November 18, Thursday | Plenaries
    8:25 AM - 8:55 AM

    Registration and Breakfast
    8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

    Welcome and Introduction
    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Current Research at the Koch Institute
    Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
    Lester Wolfe (1919) Professor of Molecular Biology
    Professor of Biology
    Matthew Vander Heiden
    Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
    Lester Wolfe (1919) Professor of Molecular Biology
    Professor of Biology

    Matthew Vander Heiden is Director of the Koch Institute at MIT, the Lester Wolfe (1919) Professor of Molecular Biology, and a member of the Broad Institute. He is a practicing oncologist and instructor in medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Harvard Medical School. He earned his doctoral and medical degrees from the University of Chicago, where he worked in the laboratory of Craig Thompson. Vander Heiden then completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a hematology-oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Lewis Cantley at Harvard Medical School, where he was supported by a Mel Karmazin Fellowship from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. In 2010, Vander Heiden joined the MIT faculty. His work has been recognized by many awards including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Sciences, the AACR Gertrude B. Elion Award, the HHMI Faculty Scholar Award, and an NCI Outstanding Investigator Award. Dr. Vander Heiden serves on the scientific advisory board of Yale Cancer Center, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Aeglea Biotherapeutics, iTeos Therapeutics, Evelo Therapeutics, CyteGen, and Auron Therapeutics, of which he is also an academic founder. He is part of the investment advisory board for DROIA Venture Fund.

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Impacts of United States R&D Policy on Future Corporate and Academic Partnerships
    Director, MIT Washington D.C. Office
    David Goldston
    Director, MIT Washington D.C. Office

    David Goldston became Director of the MIT Washington Office in 2017, heading up MIT’s federal relations.  For the eight prior years, he was the Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental group. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, working primarily on science policy and environmental policy.  He was Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006.  For the next three years, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy. He has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences.  He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.   

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Networking Break
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Concurrent Technology Tracks - Day Two
    1:00 PM

    Adjournment with Lunch
  • Day Two | Track 5: Health Science Technology: DNA and RNA in Diagnostics & Therapeutics
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Oligonucleotides: important therapeutic agents
    Institute Professor and Professor of Biology
    Phillip A. Sharp
    Institute Professor and Professor of Biology

    Phillip A. Sharp is Institute Professor (highest academic rank) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, member of the Department of Biology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He joined the Center for Cancer Research (now the Koch Institute) in 1974 and served as its director for six years, from 1985 to 1991, before taking over as head of the Department of Biology, a position he held for the next eight years. More recently, he was founding director of the McGovern Institute, a position he held from 2000 to 2004. His research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. His landmark work in 1977 provided the first indications of “discontinuous genes” in mammalian cells. The discovery fundamentally changed scientists' understanding of gene structure and earned Dr. Sharp the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Sharp has authored over 400 papers. 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 the Royal Society, UK. Among his many awards are the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, and the National Medal of Science. His long list of service includes the presidency of the AAAS (2013) and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, SU2C Project, AACR.

    Dr. Sharp is a member of the board of directors of the Whitehead and Broad Institutes, and chairs the advisory boards of the MIT Museum and the Jameel Clinic at MIT. Dr. Sharp is a co-founder of Biogen and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. He is a member of the advisory board of Polaris Venture Partners; chairman of the scientific advisory board and member of the board of directors, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; advisor and investor, Longwood and Polaris Venture Funds; member of the boards of directors at Syros Pharmaceuticals and Vir Biotechnology; and member of the scientific advisory board, Dewpoint Therapeutics and Skyhawk Therapeutics. A native of Kentucky, Dr. Sharp earned a BA degree from Union College, Barbourville, KY, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1969.

    Among biotechnology’s early successes were the introduction of interferons and other proteins as therapeutic agents.  Over the next twenty years, larger macromolecules such as monoclonal antibodies were developed, changing the outcome of many previously untreatable diseases. Oligonucleotides are an emerging class of therapeutic agents with comparable promise for the benefit of patients. The history and future promise of anti-sense oligonucleotides, siRNA and other RNAs will be discussed.

    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Nucleic Acid-based Virus-like Particles for Vaccine & Gene Therapeutic Applications
    Professor of Biological Engineering
    Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
    Co-Chair of the MIT New Engineering Education Transformation
    Mark Bathe
    Professor of Biological Engineering
    Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
    Co-Chair of the MIT New Engineering Education Transformation

    Professor Bathe is a Full Professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, and Co-Chair of the MIT New Engineering Education Transformation. Professor Bathe obtained his Doctoral Degree from MIT working in the Departments of Mechanical, Chemical, and Biological Engineering before moving to the University of Munich to carry out his postdoctoral research. He returned to MIT in 2009 to join the faculty in the Department of Biological Engineering, where he runs an interdisciplinary research group focused on the targeted delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids and vaccines, phenotypic profiling of neuronal circuits involved in psychiatric disease, and engineering nucleic acid materials for highly parallel molecular computing and massive data storage.

    Synthetic nucleic acids can now be formulated as highly structured virus-like particles (VLPs) on the 10-100nm scale, and manufactured at pre-clinical scales as vaccine or gene therapeutic delivery vectors. These VLPs can be used to display variable copy numbers and types of peptide and protein antigens, as well as sugars and small molecules for programmable immune cell targeting and stimulation. They may be used as traditional vaccine particles to stimulate humoral immunity, or to incorporate gene therapeutic modalities such as siRNAs, ASOs, mRNAs, or CRISPR RNPs. In this talk, I will present our lab’s work on the design and fabrication of DNA- and RNA-based VLPs as vaccine and gene therapeutic modalities, and present their application to the design of subunit vaccines for COVID19 and AIDS. I will discuss how these VLPs can be used as adjuvants to stimulate innate immune response, as well as to potentially target therapeutic nucleic acids to specific cell and tissue subtypes.

    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Nucleic Acid Delivery Systems for RNA Therapy and Genome Editing
    Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
    Member, Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine
    Associate Member, Broad Institute
    Associate Member, Ragon Institute
    Daniel G. Anderson
    Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
    Member, Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine
    Associate Member, Broad Institute
    Associate Member, Ragon Institute

    Learn more about the work that Professor Anderson’s lab is doing to create tiny nanoparticles that can deliver RNA to a cancer cell to stop tumor growth by watching this video: "Inside the Lab: Daniel G. Anderson, Ph.D."

    Daniel G. Anderson is a leading researcher in the field of nanotherapeutics and biomaterials. He is appointed in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology at MIT. The research done in Prof. Anderson’s laboratory is focused on developing new materials for medicine. He has pioneered the development of smart biomaterials, and his work has led to advances in a range of areas, including medical devices, cell therapy, drug delivery, gene therapy and material science. Prof. Anderson received a B.A. in mathematics and biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of California at Davis. His work has resulted in the publication of over 400 papers, patents and patent applications. These advances have led products that have been commercialized or are in clinical development, as well as to the foundation of companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer products space. Dr. Anderson is a founder of Living Proof, Olivo Labs, Crispr Therapeutics (CRSP), Sigilon Therapeutics, Verseau Therapeutics, VasoRx, and Orna. 

    RNA nano formulations have received much attention for their role in bringing the covid pandemic under control.  However, vaccines are only a small part of the broad potential use of RNA in human therapeutics. Here we describe our work developing nanoformulations for RNA therapy and genome editing.  Libraries of degradable polymers and lipid-like materials have been synthesized, formulated and screened for their ability to delivery RNA payloads inside of cells.  These nanoformulations facilitate in vivo delivery to a range of tissues, and can enable targeted gene suppression with siRNA, gene expression with mRNA, or even permanent genetic editing using the CRISPR/Cas9 system.  We will describe the development and use of this technology, and describe their potential as therapies for a range of different diseases.

    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    CRISPR and Applications in Cell Therapy
    PhD candidate in Biological Engineering in the lab of Prof. Feng Zhang
    Yang-Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics Graduate Research Fellow
    Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
    Soumya Kannan
    PhD candidate in Biological Engineering in the lab of Prof. Feng Zhang
    Yang-Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics Graduate Research Fellow
    Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Soumya Kannan is a PhD candidate in Biological Engineering in the lab of Prof. Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she is currently the Yang-Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics Graduate Research Fellow. She received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Caltech in 2016 and was subsequently a Fulbright scholar at the Technical University of Denmark, where she developed models to characterize genetic parts for metabolic engineering of yeast used in pharmaceutical production. Her current work focuses on discovering and characterizing novel programmable biological systems that can be harnessed for biotechnology development.

    12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

    Harnessing Synthetic Biology for Diagnostics and Therapeutics

    Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science
    MIT Department of Biological Engineering

    Collins
    James Collins

    Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science
    MIT Department of Biological Engineering

    James Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science and professor of biological engineering at MIT, as well as a Member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Faculty. He is also a core founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and an institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Collins is one of the founders of the field of synthetic biology, and his patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma, and medical devices companies. He has helped to launch a number of companies, including Synlogic (NASDAQ: SYBX), EnBiotix, Sample6 Technologies, and Senti Biosciences, and has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Award, as well as several teaching awards. Collins is an elected member of all three national academies - the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine - as well as the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the World Academy of Sciences.

    Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists and biologists to model, design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA and RNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms.  These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and synthetic probiotics to treat infections and a range of complex diseases.  In this talk, we highlight recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells as next-generation diagnostics and therapeutics.

  • Day Two | Track 6: Energy
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Photovoltaics Research Laboratory

    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing
    MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

    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.

    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    The Proliferation of Motors in New Energy Technologies
    Professor of Electrical Engineering
    James Kirtley
    Professor of Electrical Engineering

    James L. Kirtley Jr. is of Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also worked for General Electric, Large Steam Turbine Generator Department, as an Electrical Engineer, for Satcon Technology Corporation as Vice President and General Manager of the Tech Center and as Chief Scientist, and was Gastdozent at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He continues as a Director for Satcon. Dr. Kirtley attended MIT as an undergraduate and received the degree of Ph.D. from MIT in 1971. Dr. Kirtley is a specialist in electric machinery and electric power systems. He served as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion from 1998 to 2006 and continues to serve as Editor for that journal and as a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Electric Power Components and Systems. Dr. Kirtley was made a Fellow of IEEE in 1990. He was awarded the IEEE Third Millenium medal in 2000 and the Nikola Tesla prize in 2002. Dr. Kirtley was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2007. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.

    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Networking Break
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Overcoming Obstacles to Enable Nuclear Power

    Norman C Rasmussen Career Development Associate Professor in Nuclear Engineering
    MIT Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering

    Short
    Michael Short

    Norman C Rasmussen Career Development Associate Professor in Nuclear Engineering
    MIT Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering

    Michael Short joined the faculty in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering in July 2013. He brings 15 years of research experience in the field of nuclear materials, microstructural characterization, and alloy development. His group’s research is a mixture of large-scale experiments, micro/nanoscale characterization, and multiphysics modeling & simulation. A core focus of Short's lab is moving into industry in a five-year timeframe, from ideation to implementation. Short’s research focuses on: non-contact, non-destructive measurement of irradiated material properties using transient grating spectroscopy (TGS); preventing the deposition of deleterious phases, such as CRUD in nuclear reactors, as fouling deposits in energy systems; and quantification of radiation damage by stored energy fingerprints. This last project was recently selected for an NSF CAREER award.

    12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

    TBD
  • Day Two | Track 7: Mobility

    MIT Mobility Initiative
    Executive Director, MIT Mobility Initiative I Future of Mobility Advisor
    John Moavenzadeh
    Executive Director, MIT Mobility Initiative I Future of Mobility Advisor

    John Moavenzadeh is an expert and thought leader on the Future of Mobility. John is Executive Director of the MIT Mobility Initiative, a research, education, entrepreneurship and civic engagement program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he developed and co-teaches the graduate-level Mobility Ventures course. John is also Senior Advisor to Deloitte’s Future of Mobility practice and Operator Advisor LP at Assembly Ventures. John serves as an independent advisor to several companies that promise to transform transportation.

    As Head of Mobility and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum for over 15 years in Geneva and New York, John led a team that developed a portfolio of public-private initiatives, including autonomous vehicles and urban mobility, security of the international travel system, drones and the future of the air space, and advancing seamless integrated mobility. John has also served as Executive Director of the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program, an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton’s international transportation practice, and started his career as a product design engineer with Ford Motor Company in 1990. 

    John holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has completed executive management programs at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), INSEAD and the Wharton School.

  • Day Two | Track 8: New Space: From MIT to Earth Orbit and Beyond
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Designing The Future at The MIT Space Systems Lab
    Co-director, MIT Space Systems Laboratory

    Rebecca Masterson
    Co-director, MIT Space Systems Laboratory

    Rebecca Masterson Rebecca Masterson is the Co-Director of the MIT Space Systems Laboratory and Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has over 20 years of experience in spacecraft design and development including structural design, control structure interactions, system engineering, program management, and integration and test. She was the Instrument Manager for the OSIRIS-REX Student Collaboration Experiment, the REgolith X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS) and the integration and test lead for TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite). Dr. Masterson's current research interests include model-based systems engineering, engineering management, uncertainty analysis as applied to engineering design, and integrated modeling. She teaches Satellite Engineering and Systems Engineering in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Dep. at MIT and holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, all from MIT.

    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Next Generation Antenna Technologies
    Technical Staff member, Lincoln Lab
    William F. Moulder
    Technical Staff member, Lincoln Lab

    Dr. William F. Moulder is a technical staff member in the RF Technology Group. His research interests include advanced phased arrays, wideband antenna systems, microwave imaging, and simultaneous transmit and receive (STAR) technology.

    Recently, he led a team to realize experimental microwave imaging systems for concealed threat detection. He also led efforts to prototype STAR antenna systems, including units demonstrating multi-octave bandwidth and direction-finding capabilities. Prior to joining the Laboratory, he performed research on wideband low-profile phased array antennas, millimeter-wave antennas, and radiolocation systems.

    Dr. Moulder has authored and coauthored numerous journal and conference publications in the fields of antenna and RF systems.

    He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio State University.

    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Networking Break
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Reusable Rockets Enabled by Additive Manufacturing
    Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Zachary Cordero
    Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Zachary Cordero joined the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics as an assistant professor in July 2020, to pursue research on additive manufacturing of architectured materials for extreme environments, such as those encountered in thermal protection and propulsion systems. He was formerly an assistant professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University where he lead the Additive Lab. He received his B.Sc. in physics and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. There, he developed improved process monitoring, quality control, and microstructure design tools for power-bed, metal additive manufacturing technologies. His notable accomplishments as a principal investigator include: developing a hybrid additive manufacturing technique termed PrintCasting for creating architectured composites with precisely controlled thermal and mechanical properties; elucidating the micro-scale deformation mechanisms that control ultrasonic welding and ultrasonic additive manufacturing; and demonstrating a directional solidification technique for growing oligocrystals with tailored 3D grain boundary networks. At MIT, he is using these techniques to tackle key challenges limiting the performance of next-generation aircraft and spacecraft. Professor Cordero’s work has been recognized by several awards including Air Force Young Investigator.

    12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

    MIT Commercial Space Startup Lightning Talks

    FGC Plasma Solutions Corp: Harnessing the power of plasma to improve combustion for energy, aerospace, and national security

  • Day Two | Post-Conference Campus Tours

    Sign-ups for tours will be available shortly before the conference.

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    MIT.nano (includes the Immersion Lab), 10 people max)

    Set in the heart of campus, MIT.nano is the Institute’s new 200,000 sf center for nanoscience and nano engineering research. Take a behind the scenes tour of key research spaces, hear about the progress MIT.nano has made since its launch in 2018, and learn how this remarkable building is helping researchers from every corner of MIT explore the dawn of the Nano Age.

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Media Lab (2 tours, 10 people each)

    MIT Media Lab creates a convergence of disciplines, housing 22 unusually different research groups, spanning areas as diverse as human-machine interfaces, biologically inspired fabrication, cognitive enhancement, socially engaging robots, emotion AI, bionics, education, sensors, musical devices, and city design. Media Lab innovations include e-ink, the Scratch programming language, operas composed collaboratively by residents of large cities, smart prosthetic limbs, and groundbreaking work about the racial biases encoded in facial recognition technology, among many others.

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    MIT campus walking tour (15 people max)

    Take a guided tour of our dynamic campus and experience firsthand how MIT is making a better world. From cutting edge research to innovation, from world-renowned architecture to rich community life, the MIT campus is a treasure to explore. MIT is also the heart of the vibrant innovation district of Kendall Square, the most innovative square mile in the world – come see how academics, entrepreneurs, corporations and non-profits make it all happen.

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Kendall Square tour with MITIMCO (MIT Investment management Company)
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    MIT’s Office of Sustainability and Innovation HQ (15 people max)

    MIT’s newest campus building is the Welcome Center, which is home to our Innovation HQ and Office of Sustainability. The mission of MIT’s Office of Sustainability is to integrate sustainability across all levels of our campus, and to ensure that sustainability is a critical part of MIT’s standard operating procedures. The Innovation HQ is MIT’s new hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, and serves as a multi-use space to encourage the cross-pollination of ideas among the MIT community and the broader innovation community around Kendall Square. Finish off this tour at the MIT Press Bookstore next door, where you can see recently published works by MIT authors.