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2012 MIT Europe Conference

Innovations in Manufacturing
Brussels, Belgium
October 3-4, 2012
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Rodney Brooks
Panasonic Professor of Robotics Emeritus
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Co-Founder, iRobot Corporation
Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics
Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT.

He is a robotics entrepreneur and Founder, Chairman and CTO of Heartland Robotics, Inc. He is also a Founder, Board Member and former CTO (1991 - 2008) of iRobot Corp (Nasdaq: IRBT). Dr. Brooks is the former Director (1997 - 2007) of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received degrees in pure mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1981. He held research positions at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, and a faculty position at Stanford before joining the faculty of MIT in 1984. He has published many papers in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, and artificial life.

Dr. Brooks serves as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Group (ISAG) of National Information and Communication Technology Australia (NICTA), and on the Global Innovation and Technology Advisory Council of John Deere & Co. He is an Xconomist at Xconomy and a regular contributor to the Edge.

Dr. Brooks is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Founding Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (the other AAAS), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and a Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He won the Computers and Thought Award at the 1991 IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence). He has been the Cray lecturer at the University of Minnesota, the Mellon lecturer at Dartmouth College, and the Forsythe lecturer at Stanford University. He was co-founding editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision and is a member of the editorial boards of various journals including Adaptive Behavior, Artificial Life, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Robots and New Generation Computing. He starred as himself in the 1997 Errol Morris movie "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" named for one of his scientific papers, a Sony Classics picture, available on DVD.
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Charles Cooney
Robert T Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Faculty Director, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Charles L. Cooney, the Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering, in the Department of Chemical Engineering is the Faculty Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, and the International Innovation Initiative (I3) at MIT. He received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1966), Master's (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees in Biochemical Engineering from MIT. After a short post-doctoral time at the Squibb Institute for Medical Research in 1970, he joined the MIT faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1970 and became a full Professor in 1982. He received the 1989 Gold Medal of the Institute of Biotechnological Studies (London), the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the James Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Microbial and Biochemical Technology and was elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biochemical Engineers. He serves as a consultant to a number of biotech and pharmaceutical companies, is on several editorial boards of professional journals, sits on the Boards of Directors of Genzyme, BioProcessors, LS9, Inc. and Biocon, Ltd (India), He chaired the FDA Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science from 2004-2006.

Prof. Cooney's research and teaching interests span a range of topics in biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He has published over 300 research papers, over 30 patents and co-authored or edited 5 books including the recently published Development of Sustainable Bioprocesses: Modeling and Assessment, Wiley Press 2006. He research interest include manufacturing strategy in the pharmaceutical, biotech and biofuels industries, as well as bioprocess design, operation and control, and processing of pharmaceutical powders. His teaching has focused on bioprocessing, drug development and technological innovation. As founding faculty director of the Deshpande Center and the International Innovation Initiative he is interested in the process of stimulating technological innovation and translating innovation into new company creation.

In addition to his professional interests, Prof. Cooney is a Trustee of Boston Ballet an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a board member of MIT's Community Service Fund. Other interests include rock climbing, skiing, high altitude mountaineering (with assents of Denali, Ama Dablam, Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, Huascaran), scuba diving and antique map collecting.
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Olivier de Weck
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Executive Director, MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Study
Co-Director, Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT
Secretary and Treasurer, Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN)
MIT Engineering Systems Division
Prof. Olivier de Weck's research is in Systems Engineering. He focuses on complex man-made systems and how we can design them to maximize lifecycle value. Specific research results include methods such as Time-Expanded Decision Networks (TDN), the Delta-Design Structure Matrix (DSM) and the Technology Infusion Analysis (TIA) process that have been demonstrated on systems of real-world complexity in space exploration (NASA), oil and gas exploration (BP) as well as complex electro-mechanical products (e.g. Xerox, UTC). He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets and the Journal of Mechanical Design. He won the 2008 and 2010 best paper awards from the journal Systems Engineering and the 2010 Capers and Marion MacDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising.
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Paul Frigne
Vice-President Technology
Atlas Copco Compressor Technique
In his previous assignment he was President of Atlas Copco Airtec, the division which develops, designs and manufactures the core parts of compressors. Airtec operates with factories in Belgium, China and USA, and has an engineering service centre in India.
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David E. Hardt
Ralph E. and Eloise F. Cross Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Engineering Systems
MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity
Professor Hardt is a graduate of Lafayette College (BSME, 1972) and MIT (SM, PhD, 1978). He has been a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at MIT since 1979. His teaching focuses on control, dynamics and manufacturing processes. His disciplinary focus is system dynamics and control, as applied to manufacturing at both the process and system level.

Dr. Hardt has served as Director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and as Engineering Co-Director for the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Program. He is currently leader of the Manufacturing Systems and Technology Program, part of distance teaching and research collaboration between MIT and Singapore.

Dr. Hardt also serves as the Graduate Officer for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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César Hidalgo
Asahi Broadcast Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor in Media Arts and Sciences
Head, Macro Connections Group
MIT Media Laboratory
César A. Hidalgo is an assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, and faculty associate at Harvard University’s Center for International Development. Before joining MIT, Hidalgo was an adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a research fellow at Harvard's Center for International Development. Hidalgo's work focuses on improving the understanding of systems by using and developing concepts of complexity, evolution, and network science; his goal is to help improve understanding of the evolution of prosperity in order to help develop industrial policies that can help countries raise the living standards of their citizens. His areas of application include economic development, systems biology, and social systems. Hidalgo is also a graphic-art enthusiast and has published and exhibited artwork that uses data collected originally for scientific purposes. A native of Santiago de Chile, Hidalgo holds a PhD in physics from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
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Clement Hiel
President, CSSI
Professor of Aeronautical Materials Engineering, University of Brussels
Prof. Dr. Ir. Clement Hiel is an internationally recognized authority on structural design and manufacturing with advanced composite materials. He is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Brussels (VUB) and the President of CSSI (Composite Support & Solutions Inc.), a materials technology-based company in Southern California focused on safe-guarding the reliability and the efficiency of energy transfer through the development of firewalls to safeguard electrical transformers, power cables and transmission towers.
He is a Fellow of SAMPE (Society of Advanced Materials Process Engineers) and the recipient of several major National and International innovation awards including the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) Charles Pankow Award for Innovation (twice) and the World Pultrusion Manufacturing award.
He worked for NASA during the 1990's for more than a decade applying composite materials design and manufacturing technology to experimental aircraft, spacecraft and wind tunnel testing facilities.
During the past decade he has focused on advanced pultrusion technologies plus other automated manufacturing processes for producing composite structures. Initially he worked with the pioneer of these technologies, the late W. Brandt Goldsworthy. Subsequently he started his own development and manufacturing company (CSSI).
Prof. Hiel's innovative entrepreneurial efforts have gained international recognition. Among other technologies his company has successfully developed and commercialized new generations of powercables and composite firewalls that secure and strengthen the backbone of the smart electrical grid.
Prof. Hiel has also applied leadership and creativity to significantly strengthen engineering design education for the next generation of advanced level practitioners at the aerospace and civil engineering departments of the University of Brussels (VUB). He is a board member of FLAG (Flemish Aerospace Group) and he is also actively associated with UCLA (University of California Los Angeles). Prof. Hiel was among the first experts contacted by Boeing as an advisor on advanced composite manufacturing and assembly technologies for the “dreamliner” (B-787).
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Fritz Klocke
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Chair of Manufacturing Technology
Co-Director, WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools & Production Engineering at the RWTH Aachen
Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Aachen
Fritz Klocke studied manufacturing engineering at the TU Berlin, was a research fellow there at the Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology until 1981, and then as head engineer until 1984, receiving his engineering doctorate in 1982.
Klocke worked in industry from 1984 until 1994 – at Ernst Winter & Sohn in Hamburg. On January 1, 1995 he was called to the RWTH Aachen as Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology and has since then been Chair of Manufacturing Technology, co-director of the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools & Production Engineering at the RWTH Aachen and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen.

Fritz Klocke was awarded the Otto-Kienzle Memorial Coin on October 10, 1985 by the Manufacturing Engineering University Group. The title of a "Dr. -Ing. E.h." was bestowed upon Professor Klocke by the University of Hannover on June 26, 2006 for his outstanding achievements in science, his efforts in the industrial implementation of a broad range of manufacturing techniques as well as for his commitment in numerous scientific committees. The title "Dr. h.c." was awarded to Professor Klocke on June 12, 2009 by the University of Thessaloniki for his achivements in production science, his engagement in international cooperations and his benefits as a teacher and supervising tutor of student engineers.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Opening Day 2
Day 2, 9:00 am
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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Bert Lauwers
Professor in Production Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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Rachel Oberai-Soltz
Associate Director, Corporate Relations
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
Rachel Oberai-Soltz is Associate Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations and the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). Rachel manages relations with global product and service companies headquartered in Europe and in the US. Previously she engaged with MIT and industry leaders to create multi-year alliances with NTT, Microsoft, HP and to establish the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Rachel managed relations with Taiwan's leading technology companies. She was Director for Industry Relations at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (now CSAIL) and for MIT Project Oxygen.

Before joining MIT, Rachel held management positions at university computer centers and in the medical imaging and IT industries in India, Israel and the US. She established and managed Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)'s Biotech worldwide marketing, building a $30M business in the mid-1990s.

Rachel volunteers at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where she gives tours of the museum galleries. Other interests are photography, adventure travel, snorkeling and Indian cuisine.
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Didier Reynders
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium
Closing Keynote
Day 1, 5:40 pm
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Adèle Naudé Santos
Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Adèle Naudé Santos was appointed dean of the School of Architecture and Planning in February of 2004. Most recently she was professor at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design where her academic focus has been the design of housing environments. Her interdisciplinary courses in urban design encourage architecture, landscape, and urban design students to collaborate and address unsolved problems in the urban environment.

Previously she was the founding dean at the University of California at San Diego School of Architecture and professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania where she was also chair of the architecture department for six years. She also taught at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and at Rice University. She has had numerous visiting appointments throughout the United States and the world, including Italy and in her native South Africa.

Professor Santos has an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London. She also received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University as well as a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her academic work, she is principal architect in the San Francisco-based firm, Santos Prescott and Associates. Her architectural and planning projects include affordable and luxury housing and institutional buildings in Africa; affordable housing in Japan; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; the Center for the Arts at Albright College, Reading, PA; the Yerba Buena Gardens Children's Center in San Francisco; and City Links, A Vision Plan for San Diego; Franklin/LaBrea Affordable Housing in Hollywood, CA. She recently exhibited in a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Kitakyushu, Japan.

She has received numerous awards and honors including being named Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1996. Professor Santos has won numerous competitions for projects including the Perris Civic Center (CA), three facilities at Arts Park (CA), the Affordable Prototypical Multi-Family Housing for Franklin/LaBrea in Los Angeles, and Penn Children's Center (PA).

She serves as a juror for numerous national and international design competitions and award programs and has published extensively in journals and books.

She holds N.C.A.R.B. Certification, is a registered architect in Massachusetts, and is a Member of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, and the Architect's Registration Council, in the United Kingdom.
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Martin Schmidt
Associate Provost
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director, MEMS@MIT Center
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Martin A. Schmidt received his BS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and his SM and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1988 respectively. Since 1988 he has been a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT. MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that provides shared research infrastructure for all of the campuses activities in micro and nanotechnology, and supports the research of approximately 500 students and staff. In July of 2008 he assumed his current position as Associate Provost at MIT. In his role as Associate Provost, he manages the Institute’s space and the renovation/renewal budgets. He also co-led the Institute’s Task Force on Budget in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Currently, he is the faculty lead for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a recently announced White House initiative.

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

He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark. He was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE in 2004 for contributions to design and fabrication of microelectromechanical systems. He has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award and the Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award at MIT. In addition to his academic pursuits, he is active in consulting with industry in the commercialization of technology. He is a co-founder of five companies which are commercializing MEMS-enabled products.
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Julie Shah
Boeing Career Development Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Julie Shah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shah received her SB (2004) and SM (2006) from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and her PhD (2010) in Autonomous Systems from MIT. Before joining the faculty, she worked at Boeing Research and Technology on robotics applications for aerospace manufacturing. She has developed innovative methods for enabling fluid human-robot teamwork in high-intensity domains, ranging from manufacturing to surgery to space exploration. Her group draws on expertise in artificial intelligence, human factors, and systems engineering to develop interactive robots that emulate the qualities of effective human teams to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork. This work has been successfully applied to multiple robot testbeds, including the NASA ATHLETE Rover, a mobile, dexterous humanoid robot in the MIT Media Laboratory, and assembly manufacturing applications.
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David Andrew Singer
Associate Professor of Political Science
MIT Department of Political Science
David Andrew Singer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT. Professor Singer studies international political economy, with a focus on international financial regulation, the influence of global capital flows on government policymaking, international institutions and governance, and the political economy of central banking. He is the author of Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System (Cornell University Press, 2007) as well as articles in American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, International Organization, Journal of Politics International Studies Quarterly, and other journals. Professor Singer is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2004. Before joining the MIT faculty, he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2004-2006), and also worked in corporate finance and technology venture development. He was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008-9.
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Paul Soete
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Soete was born in Brussels and is a Doctor of Law and a Master in Criminology
(1971 - Rijksuniversiteit Gent).

Professional experience: legal advisor Insurance Company, social advisor Steel Federation, director of social affairs at Agoria (formerly Fabrimetal). Paul Soete has been the CEO of Agoria since 2001. Agoria, the federation of the technoligical industry, has activities in the field of social affairs, technology and economics.

(*) Covering a wide range of industrial sectors (**), Agoria represents a substantial portion of the Belgian economy:
the federation's 1 600-plus member companies account for more than 275 000 jobs with a turnover of 75 billion
euros, three quarters of which is earned on exports. They account for over one quarter of added value in industry
as a whole.

(**) Agoria represents the following 13 sectors:
. Aerospace
. Automotive
. Construction Products
. Contracting & Maintenance
. Electrical Engineering
. Industrial Automation
. Mechatronical Engineering
. Metals and materials
. Metal processing
. Mounting & Cranes
. Plastics
. Security & defense


Positions held during his career: CNT (Conseil National du Travail, National Labour Council), ONEM (Office National de l’Emploi, National Employment Office), ONP (Office National des Pensions, National Pension Office), several joint committees, general management of a social secretariat, director of social security funds, member of the Board of CEEMET (Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering & Technology-Based Industries).

Most important current directorships: member of the Management Board and the Board of Directors of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO-FEB), member of the Executive Committee and member of the Board of the Federation of Enterprises in Brussels (VOB/UEB-BECI), member of the Board of the National Office of Social Security (ONSS/RSZ), member of the Board of the Belgian Association of Pension institutions (ABIP/BVBP), member of the Board of Directors of Orgalime (European Engineering Industries Association), member of the Board of Directors of Attentia Group (People & Organisation Service supplier), member of the Board of Directors of Sirris (Knowledge Center of the Belgian Technology Industry).
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Kripa Varanasi
Doherty Associate Professor of Ocean Utilization
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kripa Varanasi is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his B.Tech from IIT, Madras and his MS (ME and EECS) and Ph.D from MIT. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Varanasi was a lead research scientist and project leader in the Energy & Propulsion and Nanotechnology programs at the GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, and was the PI for the DARPA Advanced Electronics Cooling program.

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

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

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