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GOVERNOR BILL RITTER
Bill Ritter, Jr. was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 - the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Gov. Ritter has quickly established Colorado as a national leader in renewable energy by creating a New Energy Economy and doubling the state's renewable energy portfolio. He is reforming natural resource issues, bringing greater balance, requiring responsible development and ensuring the protection of our air, land, water, wildlife and communities.
Gov. Ritter also is working toward creating a 21st Century transportation system and is leading efforts on statewide health-care, economic-development and education reform, both at the K-12 and higher-ed levels, through his P-20 Education Council and Jobs Cabinet.
In addition, Gov. Ritter is changing the fundamental way state government operates. He is creating stronger partnerships with employees and finding efficiencies that will result in more effective services for the taxpaying public and a more accountable government.
The sixth of 12 children, Gov. Ritter was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), and he earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981).
His first job out of law school was as a deputy district attorney in Denver. In 1987, Gov. Ritter and his wife, First Lady Jeannie Ritter, left Denver to run a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia, Africa. They returned home in 1990, and three years later Ritter was appointed as Denver's top prosecutor, a position he held until January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country's most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models. The governor and first lady have four children: August, Abe, Sam and Tally.
HONORABLE RODNEY SLATER
Former US Secretary of Transportation
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater helps clients integrate their interests in the overall vision for the transportation system of the 21st Century—a vision he set as transportation secretary to promote a safer, more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable worldwide transportation infrastructure. Mr. Slater also helps state and local government clients address the vexing challenge of closing the gap between transportation demand and capacity by employing public/private strategies and innovative financing solutions. Mr. Slater brings the same strategic, results-oriented and collaborative approach to the practice of law, as his practice focuses on many of the policy and transportation objectives that were set under his leadership, including aviation competition and congestion mitigation, maritime initiatives, high-speed rail corridor development, and overall transportation safety and funding. He continues to embrace the framework he established as secretary for making transportation decisions that called for more open, collaborative and flexible decision making across the transportation enterprise here and abroad.
Former Secretary Slater is a partner at Patton Boggs LLP, where he helps
clients integrate their interests in the overall vision for the transportation system of the 21st Century. In addition, he assists state and
local government clients address the vexing challenge of closing the gap
between transportation demand and capacity by employing public/private
strategies and innovative financing solutions.
Matthew Nordan is the President of Lux Research. Under Matthew’s leadership, the Lux Research analyst team has become a globally recognized authority on the business and economic impact of emerging technologies, focusing on cleantech and nanotechnology. Lux Research serves as an indispensable advisor to corporations, start-ups, financial institutions, and governments seeking to exploit science-driven innovation for competitive advantage.
Matthew has counseled decision-makers on technology change for a decade. Prior to Lux Research, Matthew held a variety of senior management positions at emerging technology advisor Forrester Research, where he headed the firm’s North American consulting line of business. Earlier, Matthew lived for four years in the Netherlands growing Forrester’s operations in Europe, where he launched and led research practices in a variety of vertical industries.
Matthew has delivered advice to clients and been an invited speaker at conferences in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. Beyond the corporate sphere, Matthew has testified before the U.S. Congress three times on emerging technology issues, advised the Committee to Review the National Nanotechnology Initiative of the National Academies, and been an invited speaker at universities including Harvard, MIT, and Columbia. He has also participated in developing public-sector technology strategy for organizations including the World Economic Forum, the European IT Observatory, and the Dutch transportation ministry. Matthew has been frequently invited by news outlets including CNN and CNBC to comment on emerging technology markets and has been widely cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.
Matthew is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where he conducted cognitive neuroscience research on the neural pathways mediating emotion and memory.
Executive Director. NanoBusiness Alliance
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance, he was the Executive Director and a founding board member of AtomWorks, an initiative formed to foster nanotechnology in Illinois and more broadly throughout the Midwest.
Sean has established himself as a leading thinker in the areas of nanotechnology commercialization and economic development. He has delivered keynote speeches on the commercialization of nanotechnology at several nanotechnology conferences, and served as co-chair for the commercialization focused NanoCommerce 2003 conference and trade show. Sean has been quoted extensively on the subject in many leading publications including Fortune, The Economist, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Small Times.
Sean has been very active in nanotechnology trade and economic development issues. He helped to organize and execute the first Nanotechnology Trade Mission to Europe in conjunction with the NanoBusiness Alliance and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has also been engaged with senior officials of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration on the potential impact of export control issues on nanotechnology development and commercialization.
Prior to founding AtomWorks and serving as the Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance, Sean had more than 7 years experience in management consulting, most recently as Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Sean served a variety of Fortune 500 companies, focusing primarily upon the industrial and chemicals sectors. While there, he developed some of the firm's early perspective on the business opportunities created by the nanotech revolution, publishing the first two internal documents on the subject.
Sean received his Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.
THE HONORABLE RICHARD M. RUSSELL Office of Science and Technology Policy,
Executive Office of the President
Richard M. Russell is Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. In that capacity he serves as OSTP’s Deputy Director for Technology. He is responsible for running OSTP’s Technology Division and chairing the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology. He was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate in August of 2002. Additionally, the President appointed him to serve as the United States Ambassador to the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).
In October of 2007, Ambassador Russell led a delegation of more than 150 government and private sector delegates to the month-long treaty writing conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The WRC is convened every four years under the auspices of the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to review and revise the international rules governing the use of radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
Prior to heading the U.S. Delegation to the WRC, Mr. Russell served as Senior Director for Technology and Telecommunications for the National Economic Council. In that capacity he coordinated technology and telecommunications policy for the White House.
Mr. Russell began his tenure in the Bush Administration in 2001 as OSTP’s Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Russell spent over a decade on Capitol Hill, working in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
From 1995-2001, Mr. Russell worked for the House Committee on Science. During his time on the Committee, he was charged with overseeing the Committee’s technology policy, coordinating its oversight agenda, and helping manage the Committee’s majority staff. Mr. Russell helped draft a wide variety of legislation, including efforts to expand and improve coordination of federal information technology research, improve computer security, and authorize budgets for science and technology related agencies. Mr. Russell joined the Science Committee as a professional staff member. He then became Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Technology and finally Deputy Chief of Staff for the full Committee.
Mr. Russell also ran the Washington office of a trade association. Mr. Russell began his career in Washington as a Research Fellow for the non-profit Conservation Foundation. In 1988 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University. Associate Director and Deputy Director for Technology.
Director-General, The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies
Leonid Melamed was appointed to the post of Director-General of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation on September 7, 2007.
Melamed was born on June 21, 1961 in Leningrad. His work began in 1980 as a locksmith mechanical assembly work on "October" city of Kamensk-Uralsky. From 1981 to 1983 he served in the Soviet Army. In 1987 he graduated from Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute (NETI), specializing in radio engineering. From 1987 till 1992 - Research Associate SKB RTF NETI, assistant to the rector of commerce. From 1992 to 1998 he formed and led by a few businesses, was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors "Novosibirskenergo." Candidate of Economic Sciences since 1996.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Melamed served as the Director General of the Russian state concern for the production of electricity and heat at nuclear power plants "(Rosenergoatom); as First Deputy Chairman of RAO UES of Russia; and as President Investment Finance Corporation "Alemar".
Senior Advisor for Finance, US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Michael Bruce was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Senior Advisor for Finance at the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) in August 2006. Bruce is responsible for accelerating the deployment of emerging energy technologies into the marketplace. In this role, Bruce works closely with various EERE program offices, national research laboratories and private industry to increase our nation’s energy security, enhance our economic prosperity and improve our environmental stewardship.
Prior to joining the US Department of Energy, Bruce worked for the Credit Suisse Investment Banking Technology Group in Silicon Valley. The Credit Suisse Tech Group offers security underwriting and strategic transaction advisory services to leading global technologies companies in semiconductors, communications equipment, electronics, software, internet/new media and technology services.
Bruce, a fourth generation Kansan, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Management Sciences and Engineering. While at Stanford, Bruce won two NCAA Championships as a member of the Men’s Swimming & Diving Team.
JIM BRAINARD, Ph.D.
Director of the Chemical and Biosciences Center (NREL)
Jim Brainard is the director of the Chemical and Biosciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Research in the center focuses on understanding energy conversion phenomena in biological, chemical, and nanoscale systems that will lead to future generations of renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Of particular interest is developing the fundamental understanding of structure, dynamics, and function in natural- and human-engineered systems necessary for more efficient and cost-effective solar photoconversion, hydrogen production, and biomass-to-biofuels conversion technologies.
Jim received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University, an NIH Post Doctoral Fellowship award for study at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and a Director’s Post Doctoral Fellowship award at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He subsequently joined Los Alamos as a staff member where he spent 25 years prior to joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. While at Los Alamos, his research interests focused primarily on the effects of microbes and microbial products on radionuclide speciation and mobility in the environment and on microbial transformations of organic xenobiotics. Jim held a number of leadership positions at Los Alamos during the last years of his tenure there, including group leader for the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and the Genomic Sequencing and Computational Biology groups and the deputy division leader for Biosciences.
DONALD (DON) M. ELLIMAN JR.
Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Don was named Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in March of 2007. In this position, he oversees a wide range of economic development activities, including domestic and international business development, small business programs, as well as the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Economic Development Commission.
Don retired in 2004 as President of Kroenke Sports Enterprises. In that capacity, he oversaw all business activities of the Company which include The Pepsi Center, The Denver Nuggets and The Colorado Avalanche as well as several other professional sports teams and entertainment facilities. Prior to his time at Kroenke, Don worked at Time Warner for thirty-two years, retiring as an Executive Vice President of Time Inc. Other positions included publisher of People Magazine and President of Sports Illustrated.
Don serves on the Boards of The Children’s Hospital, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Middlebury College, and The Gates Family Foundation and The Denver School of Science and Technology.
DEAN RAHMAT SHOURESHI
University of Denver School of Engineering & Computer Science
Rahmat Shoureshi completed his MS and PhD degrees at MIT in 1981. He was on the faculty of Purdue University (1983-1994) and was G.A. Dobelman distinguished chair professor and Vice-President for Technology Transfer at the Colorado School of Mines (1994-2003), as well as director of three research centers covering advanced technologies related to Advanced Electric Power & Energy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, and Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence. He joined DU in Sept. 2003 as the Dean of SECS where he has pioneered several new educational disciplines and degrees including: Mechatronics Systems Engineering; Nano Science and Engineering; Game Development; and Bioengineering. He has received several awards and lectured internationally. He is a fellow of ASME, member of European Academy of Sciences, has over 200 technical publications, supervised 80 PhD and MS students, and holds several patents. His over $22m research programs have been supported by industry and government agencies. His areas of research interests include: Bio-mechatronics, automation and robotics, biomedical engineering, MEMS & NEMS, smart structures, intelligent sensor and actuator systems, and advanced monitoring and diagnostic systems. He serves as a research lead liaison between US and Europe in the area of Advanced Sensor Technologies and Intelligent Structures. He was the founding President of the Colorado Alliance for Bioengineering. He is the vice-chair of the Board for Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance.
Brian Lopina helps clients achieve business and federal funding goals from Congress and from Executive Branch agencies on behalf of his clients in a number of areas.
Mr. Lopina’s federal funding practice encompasses a unique focus on faith-based and community organizations. In addition, his efforts have resulted in the reversal of several federal agency decisions and legislative initiatives that have adversely affected his clients’ business interests. He also helps clients develop effective grassroots and coalition building strategies.
Mr. Lopina launched his career in Washington over 20 years ago and has held such prominent positions as director of the Washington Office for the Christian Coalition where—during his tenure—24 items were enacted into law, including the child tax credit. He has also served as director of Government Relations at Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Previously, Mr. Lopina served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to the Hon. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Transportation/Treasury Appropriations Subcommittee. During the Reagan administration, Mr. Lopina served as a presidential appointee at the Department of Education, the General Services Administration, and at the Department of Transportation.
The National Journal has called Mr. Lopina "one of the best connected lobbyists around."
• Secured ever-increasing Congressional funding for a non-profit over multiple years.
• Established a national clearinghouse for a university through a non-competitive executive branch grant.
• Reversed an agency decision that would have taken a product off the market, as a result of the personal intervention of the cabinet secretary and 25 members of Congress.
• Mobilized right-of-center grassroots organizations and public policy organizations to support a variety of business issues.
Board of Visitors, The Engalitcheff Institute, Fund for American Studies
Executive Director, NY NanoBusiness Alliance
Mr. Caprio is the founder and Executive Director New York NanoBusiness Alliance. Mr. Caprio is also Vice President of the national NanoBusiness Alliance and sits on the Alliance’s Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors of the Emerging Industries Alliance of New York State. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of nanotechnology at both the state and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has organized the NanoBusiness Alliance’s public policy tour of Washington, D.C. for the past three years. Mr. Caprio is also a frequent speaker at domestic and international nanotechnology conferences, most recently addressing the Minatec Crossroads Conference in Grenoble, France and Quantum Dots 2006 in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Caprio has served as a consultant to leading nanotechnology research and advisory firm Lux Research, for its Lux Executive Summit in 2005 & 2006.
Mr. Caprio is a 20-year tradeshow and conference industry veteran with an impressive track record of launching events focusing on emerging technology markets. Mr. Caprio joined the NanoBusiness Alliance as event director in 2002, to steer the launch of the highly successful NanoBusiness event series as well as The Emerging Technologies Conference in association with MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. Prior to joining the NanoBusiness Alliance, Mr. Caprio was Event Director for Red Herring Conferences, producing the company’s Venture Market conferences and Annual Summit. His industry peers have formally recognized Mr. Caprio on several occasions for his talents in both tradeshow management and sales. Mr. Caprio was honored with two Pathfinder Awards for launching the New York Restaurant Show. In 2005, Mr. Caprio was nominated for the third year straight year for the prestigious Show Manager of the Year award. Mr. Caprio was named Sales Executive of the Year in 1994, while with Reed Exhibitions.
Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University’s Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova’s President Club and Leadership Council.
Woodward has served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance (CNA) since mid-2006. The CNA’s vision is to advance economic development in Colorado, with a focus on the use of nanotechnology. CNA’s mission is to provide a unified voice to promote, enhance and strengthen Colorado’s global competitiveness through R&D, commercialization, business growth, and workforce development involving nanotechnology. The CNA is a not-for-profit economic development organization providing a common, cohesive, and coordinated voice on behalf of the nanotechnology community. It serves as the catalyst agency to connect, coordinate, facilitate, promote, educate, and unify industry, government, academia and citizens of the benefits of nanotechnology.
She has been a practicing economic development professional for more than two decades serving the metro Denver area and Colorado. Woodward has been actively involved in building and growing Colorado’s nanotechnology, life sciences/biotech, photonics, geospatial, renewable energy, and technology-based economy in Colorado. Debbie is committed to making a positive difference in local, state and national technology-based initiatives through the use of nanotechnology.
She has been a Certified Economic Developer for more than ten years, and has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, with a double minor in Small Business Management and Marketing from Regis University.
GRIFFITH A. KUNDAHL Director of Development for the University of Denver (“DU”) School of Engineering & Computer Science
Griff is the Director of Development for the University of Denver (“DU”) School of Engineering & Computer Science and is on the Advisory Board for DU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Griff was a founding member of the NanoBusiness Alliance, served as its General Counsel, and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance and as Secretary on its Executive Board.
Griff is co-author of The Handbook of Nanotechnology Business, Policy and Intellectual Property Law (Wiley 2004) andserves as Associate Editor for the Nanotech Law & Business Journal.
F. MARK MODZELEWSKI
Technology Entrepreneur & Visionary
Mark is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, executive, investor and
visionary, currently focused on developing several early stage
ventures in cleantech and health 2.0.
Mark is the former managing director and co-founder of Bang Ventures,
an investment firm focused on technology investments including Web
2.0, new energy innovations and medical devices. He recently launched
You Be the VC, a groundbreaking entrepreneurial competition. He also
co-founded New Europe Ventures, a Polish-based venture capital firm,
as well as the Benet Group, Leonardo BioSystems, Lux Research and the
NanoBusiness Alliance. He has served as a senior executive at
NanoDynamics (and continues to advise the company), Opion, GolinHarris
and NRW. In addition, he has consulted for companies ranging from
NanoSys to Engelhard to Mastercard to Yahoo to eSpeed to Pixar to
Mark is a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the
President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). He
was recognized by Forbes as a "powerbroker" and has been featured in
Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, ABC, BBC, N.Y. Times, Business Week,
Fortune and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Mark also appears
regularly as a Fox Business News and CNBC technology commentator and
on occasion serves as a co-host of SquawkBox. He was also a featured
columnist for the Boston Herald's Hub 2.0 column.
Before entering the private sector, Mark was an appointee in the
Clinton Administration developing policy, legal and communication
strategy efforts on issues including Y2K preparedness, U.S. mortgage
and banking systems, the online transformation and integration of HUD
and FHA programs, digital divide efforts, biotech and organic food
standards, and regional economic development programs. He is a
graduate of the U. Denver College of Law (JD) and Boston U. (BFA,
Painting). He is an avid supporter of the arts and also funds numerous
animal charities, in particular pit bull rescue organizations and
groups that combat breed specific legislation.
Dr. Kuper completed post-graduate training with Richard E. Smalley, Nobel Laureate and founder of carbon nanotechnology, at Rice University. In June, Kuper testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. Dr. Kuper regularly speaks to executives at large corporations and departments. Past engagements include speeches at Dow Corning, Wyle Labs and the U.S. Army on topics ranging from the potential of nanotechnology in the medical field to carbon nanotechnology and materials science.
Kuper was recently featured in Fortune Magazine (June 25, 2001) as a pioneer in the field as well as on the November 2001 cover of Philadelphia Magazine representing the feature piece "76 Smartest Philadelphians." She was also named to the Philadelphia Business Journal's prestigious 2001 "40 under 40" list of dynamic up and coming leaders in the region.
Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Environmental Defense Fund
Kyle Cahill is a manager in the Corporate Partnership Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading environmental nonprofit organization that links science, economics, law and innovative partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to pressing environmental problems. EDF leverages markets mechanisms and economics to create significant environmental and social change.
At EDF, Kyle collaborates directly with the private sector to leverage new technologies and best practices that improve corporate environmental performance in areas including: climate change strategies, safer products and materials, clean vehicles and paper and packaging. In his work, he has also done significant research and analysis on the reputational benefits of green initiatives. Kyle is currently focused on improved supply chain management processes and strategies for the safe commercialization of nanotechnology-enabled environmental technologies.
Prior to EDF, Kyle counseled Fortune 500 companies on social responsibility initiatives, thought leadership strategies, investor relations, and crisis communications at Edelman. He earned his M.B.A. focused in corporate social responsibility from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied the influence of environmental and social values on financial decision-making. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Amherst College.
Dr. Scott E. Rickert, Ph.D. is President of Nanofilm, one of the oldest, largest privately-held nanotechnology companies in the U.S. He co-founded the Cleveland, Ohio-based company to commercialize self-assembled mono- and multi-layered polymers. First used to safeguard ophthalmic lenses and precision optics, the coatings now provide invisible, durable, resistant nano-protection in a variety of applications. Dr. Rickert continues to set the company’s R&D vision, bringing a depth of research expertise from his academic experience as a Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He currently serves with a number of key industry groups, and lectures and writes on topics in the field. His company and writings had been featured in publications as diverse as The New York Times, NASA Nanotechnology Briefs and Wired Magazine. He recently received a technology entrepreneurship award from the Ohio Department of Development and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and took part in presentations at their annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Through the years, through Dr. Rickerts’ vision and leadership the company has grown because of his focus on “nanotechnology for the real world,” that is, technology with immediate application to everyday products. Now, as the term “nanotechnology” is becoming a buzzword, Nanofilm is one of the relatively few companies with money-making products, growing on its own sales. In addition, Dr. Rickert is known in both academic and business circles as a willing advisor to those attempting to develop and commercialize nanotechnology products.
Michael LoCascio is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research, and co-leads the Lux Research Solar Intelligence service. He brings a combined ten years of corporate R&D and entrepreneurial start-up experience in the defense and advanced materials industries.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Michael spent eight years as the CTO of Evident Technologies, a leading nanomaterials application development company. He has overseen the development and launch of over two dozen products in fields as diverse as life-sciences, optoelectronics, and anti-counterfeiting technologies, and has been awarded with over twenty patents and patents pending. Michael has also managed over a dozen projects in conjunction with leading national labs, academic institutions, and Fortune 500 companies in the areas of solar cells, thermoelectrics, nonlinear optical devices, and printed electronics. Michael also spent two years as a research engineer at Lockheed Martin where he conducted research on advanced optical filter and thermophotovoltaic technology.
Michael holds a B.E. degree in Engineering Physics and a Master Degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. His graduate work focused on the development of novel ion beam sources used to deposit semiconductor thin film layers.
THE HONORABLE KELLY H. CARNES
President and Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21
Kelly Carnes is an entrepreneur, and nationally recognized technology policy expert and thought leader. She has served the high tech industry for over 20 years, holding leadership positions in technology business, law and government.
She is President and CEO of TechVision21, a Washington, DC-based technology strategy firm. TechVision21 leverages technology, business and government expertise to help companies: pinpoint and secure research and technology funding; forge critical alliances with business and government leaders; and promote and protect their interests in Washington. TechVision21 clients include global companies, leading U.S. research universities, government, and science and technology non-profit organizations.
Before founding TechVision21, Ms. Carnes served eight years at the highest levels of the U.S. government, working first as an aide to then First Lady Hillary Clinton, and later, as a senior technology policy advisor to four Secretaries of Commerce. Most recently, Ms. Carnes served four years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy. As a Presidential appointee, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Carnes represented the Administration before Congress, and was a liaison to, and advocate for, the technology business community. Ms. Carnes also represented the United States in negotiations with foreign governments, and in multi-lateral fora, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Ms. Carnes also provided strategic direction and management oversight for a large Federal agency; spearheaded sophisticated, highly-leveraged public-private partnerships to promote technological innovation; and led numerous Presidential and Cabinet-level technology initiatives. Private sector partners—including Warner Brothers, Scientific American, the National Association of Manufacturers, and DeVry University—invested $50+ for every Federal dollar invested in these ventures.
Ms. Carnes served as a key point person on numerous high profile issues affecting technology businesses, including regulation of E-commerce, H-1(b) visas, the R&D tax credit, securities litigation reform, financial accounting standards, and the high tech work force shortage. She also helped lead the Administration’s efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the nation’s technology work force.
Ms. Carnes directed several Presidential-level technology programs and initiatives, including the National Medal of Technology, America’s highest award for technological innovation. She also created GetTech, an award winning national public awareness and information campaign to encourage teens to pursue technology careers. GetTech features celebrity endorsements, radio and television public service announcements, and an interactive web site. GetTech ads have been broadcast more than 45,000 times, and have reached students in 14,000 public middle schools.
Ms. Carnes is known as a dynamic speaker and forceful advocate for industry on technology and competitiveness issues. She is a frequent keynote speaker at technology and business conferences around the nation, and has been widely quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN.com, Business Week.com, Information Week, CIO Magazine and The National Journal. She has been a featured guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, and appeared on television and radio broadcasts nationwide.
Ms. Carnes has served on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board (Government Accountability Office), a National Governors’ Association Commission on Technology and Adult Education, the Steering Committee for the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology (the “Morella Commission”), and a National Academy of Science Guidance Group on Government-University-Industry Technology Partnerships. Ms. Carnes also has served as an advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and BEST: Building Engineering and Science Talent. In 2000, Ms. Carnes was selected by the Center for the Study of the Presidency to join an elite group of experts making recommendations to President Bush on improving the federal government’s ability to develop technology and competitiveness policy.
Ms. Carnes previously enjoyed a highly successful technology business career. As an attorney at a top national law firm, Ms. Carnes structured and negotiated more than $1 billion in technology business transactions. These included joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital transactions, technology development, licensing and marketing agreements, systems integration projects, and large-scale computer outsourcing transactions.
Ms. Carnes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Topics Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.
Assistant Research Professor, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes
Erik Fisher joins CNS-ASU from the University of Colorado's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. In the summer of 2006, a CNS-ASU fellowship allowed him to spend several weeks in the Netherlands, comparing international studies of nanotechnology in society. His Ph.D research included both macro- and micro-level analysis of the integration of societal considerations into R&D. He conducted ethnographic-style research in a nanoscale engineering laboratory to investigate the possibility and utility of implementing key provisions of federal nanotechnology legislation. Fisher's research has been published in Science and Public Policy, Technology in Society, and Philosophy Today. Fisher has participated various public forums on nanotechnology and society sponsored by the Colorado Nanotechnology Association, Colorado Nanotechnology Roadmap, and U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. In the summer of 2006, the CNS-ASU From 1999-2003 Fisher was Humanities Advisor for the College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he developed and directed programs incorporating societal dimensions into the technical curriculum. In 2002, he received a National Endowment for the Humanities Focus Grant for the Dialogues Between the Two Cultures project, involving faculty from engineering and the humanities. He holds a graduate certificate in Science and Technology Policy, an MA in Classics, and a BA in Philosophy and Mathematics.
Managing Director, Livingston Group/Axiom Capital Management Inc.
Scott Livingston is a Managing Director of Livingston Group/Axiom Capital Management Inc. (Axiom) and head of the Livingston Group, an investment and corporate advisory group within Axiom focused on nanotechnology. Axiom Capital Management Inc. provides wealth management, investment banking, prime brokerage and private equity services.
Mr. Livingston has been called “sharp and highly connected” by the Forbes Wolfe Nanotechnology Report (July 1, 2005) and has been an invited speaker on nanotechnology investment trends at the Harvard Club, the Nanobusiness Alliance, the Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Nanotechnology.com, the International Business Forum, the Delaware Technology Park, the Business Executives for National Security, Hilary Clinton’s Jobs for New York, and has presented to half a dozen state pension leaders across the country. Scott is also the creator of the first annual Axiom Capital Management “Livingston Nanotechnolgy Conference”, one of the largest nanotechnology conferences of the year.
Previously, Scott has served as a Senior Vice President – Investment Management at Lehman Brothers, where he began his nanotechnology focus. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 2000, Scott was a Director of the Private Client Group at SG Cowen Securities, and prior to that was at Drexel and Smith Barney.
Scott is a SUNY Albany graduate. He is a board member of the NanoBusiness Alliance and a founding board member of the NY Nanobusiness Alliance. Scott sits on the board of the Nanoethics Group and the Dolan DNA Learning Center at the Coldspring Harbor Labs. He is married with three children and lives in Long Island, NY.
Susan D. Brienza, an Of Counsel in the Denver office of the Washington, D.C.-based firm Patton Boggs LLP, practices in the area of regulatory compliance. She focuses on the federal laws (FDA, USDA, and FTC) regulating the manufacture, labeling, marketing, and sales of: dietary supplements, “functional beverages,” organic foods, “cosmeceuticals,” OTC drugs, homeopathic drugs, and medical foods. A frequent speaker and author, she is especially interested in biotech, bioethics, and nanotechnology issues.
Her practice includes advising clients as to compliance with Federal Trade Commission (advertising) law and USDA regulations as well as FDA laws and regulations. In addition to regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, Ms. Brienza assists in litigation -- for both dietary supplement and other companies -- with particular focus on product liability and California Prop 65 cases. Her practice has also included white collar criminal defense work, and public policy/ legislative matters for a manufacturer of organic meats.
Ms. Brienza writes a legal question and answer column for the Natural Foods Merchandiser, the major trade publication in the natural food and dietary supplement industry. She also presents frequently at Natural Products Expo East and West, and at other food and supplement conferences. She has written and presented on both FDA and EPA aspects of nanotechnology—in particular, agency policies and whether federal regulation will be proposed and passed. Currently she is on the program committee for the second international Nanotechnology, Law, and Policy conference in Washington, D.C. Feb. 19, 2009, and is writing on: state and local oversight of nanotech; and possible OSHA nanotech regulations in the future.
President & Chief Executive Officer, QuantumSphere, Inc.
Mr. Maloney has a long-standing history of starting, building and scaling successful businesses. Mr. Maloney's seasoned investment, managerial, sales and marketing experience has significantly contributed to QuantumSphere's global exposure and rapid business growth over the last four years. Prior to co-founding QuantumSphere, Mr. Maloney was Vice President of Institutional Sales/Marketing at First American Corp.'s (NYSE: FAF) Capital Management Division, an institutional investment advisory firm that services endowment funds, foundations and pension plans. Previously, Mr. Maloney served as a Compliance Officer and Registered Principal at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). He has raised funds for numerous private equity placements and held NASD Series 7, 26, 63 and 65 securities licenses. Mr. Maloney is an instructor for Loyola Marymount University's Nanotechnology Certificate Program and a frequent panelist at various industry conferences. Mr. Maloney has been awarded two U.S. patents and earned his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
DR. JEAN-PIERRE JOLY
Director, Solar Technologies, INES (French National Solar Institute), CEA-LITEN
Jean-Pierre Joly was born in 1951; he graduated from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) in 1975 (Applied Physics) and obtained a PhD from the University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble) in 1978 on mercuric iodide growth and characterization.
Dr. Joly has been involved from the beginning of his career as a scientist at CEA (15,000-strong French national technological research organisation), where he worked successively on Crystal growth of mercuric iodide for nuclear detection, laser annealing, silicon-on-insulator (SOI), thin film deposition, defects in silicon wafers (oxygen precipitation, metallic contamination and monitoring, cleaning) and wafer bonding.
He contributed to the early development of SOI and led a team of about 15 to 20 people working on materials for Microelectronics from 1984 to 1995, focused on topics such as wet cleaning, gate dielectrics, silicides, ferroelectrics and defects in silicon.
As deputy manager for Michel Bruel, inventor of the “ion cut” technology for about five years, Jean-Pierre made a contribution to different research programs for electronic devices (SOI, SiC, wafer bonding, wafer level packaging, power devices).
Dr. Joly is now Head of the Department of Solar Technologies at France’s newly created National Solar Institute (INES), a structure of about 100 scientists working on Solar Energy within CEA LITEN (the CEA Laboratory for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials). INES is one of the main partners in the TENERRDIS renewable energies competitive cluster headquartered in Grenoble, France.
DR. ANNETTE KOLODZIE
Strategic Programs Director
FEI Company is a recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of the highly specialized and sophisticated tools required to image, analyze, and understand materials at the nanoscale. Dr. Kolodzie manages a number of FEI collaborations with key researchers in the United States. The focus of these partnerships is to enable scientists across a wide spectrum of disciplines engage in the most advanced research, using electron microscopy and related techniques. She is FEI's Project Manager of the Transmission Electron Aberration-Corrected Microscope (TEAM) Project, funded by the United States Department of Energy and participated in by four National Laboratories. One of the goals of the TEAM Project is to build the highest resolution electron microscope in the world. She is also Program Manager of a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, focusing on development of next generation electron microscope capabilities for biological applications. Her technical expertise includes high resolution electron microscopy and electron energy loss analysis techniques. Dr. Kolodzie holds Ph.D., J.D., B.S. and B.A. degrees and was a practicing attorney for a number of years before joining FEI.
Mr. Yokell rejoined the RockPort team in February 2004 and has helped to spearhead the establishment of RockPort?s Menlo Park office, where he is based. He is actively engaged in all aspects of RockPort?s activities including research, financial and technical analysis, intellectual property evaluation, structuring, operations, and sourcing. Mr. Yokell is a member of the Screening Committee and assists in portfolio company monitoring activities which include work with ISE Corporation, Hycrete, Inc., and Eka Systems, Inc., among others and has played an active role in over 16 financings while at RockPort.
Prior to joining RockPort, Mr. Yokell worked as an Analyst at Analysis Group, Inc., an economic and management consultancy where his activities included designing and implementing transfer pricing and valuation analyses used for corporate planning purposes, regulatory compliance, and litigation support.
Mr. Yokell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Economics, Chemistry, and Biology.
RockPort Capital Partners is a leading venture capital firm partnering with clean tech entrepreneurs around the world to build innovative companies and bring disruptive technologies and products to the 21st century. RockPort?s investment approach is distinguished by collaboration with management teams to foster growth and create value. Combining domain expertise with policy and international experience, RockPort has a proven track record of leveraging its insights and networks to foster growth and create value. To date, RockPort has invested in nearly 40 clean tech companies and is one of the largest funds in the sector, with over $850MM under management.
JOEL SERFACE Entrepreneur in Residence, Kleiner Perkins
Joel Serface joined Kleiner Perkins as an Entrepreneur in Residence in 2008 as part of its partnership with the US Department of Energy and will help the DOE realize the full commercialization potential of its investment into the National Renewable Energy Lab.
Prior to joining KPCB, Joel was the Director of the Austin Clean Energy Incubator where he helped launch 5 renewable energy companies including ActaCell, Accuwater, Atonometrics, SAVE, and an algae biofuels company. In his short time in Austin, Joel also launched the CleanTX Foundation, served as the Chairman of the Austin Clean Energy Council, and was a member of the Governor’s Competitiveness Council on Energy.
Joel previously served as a Partner at Eastman Ventures leading its clean technology and nanotech investments and Sierra Ventures where he made its first clean technology investment. Joel started his career in Texas as a Legislative Assistant in the Senate Natural Resources Committee and as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young where he advised leading utilities, chemical companies, and life science companies. Joel was a Founding Member of Environmental Entrepreneurs.
Joel received his B.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he received the Patrick McGovern Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership for starting the first MIT Venture Capital Conference.
FORMER Business and Technology Reporter,
New York Times
Barnaby Feder recently left the New York Times after more than 27 years as a business and technology reporter. Prior to joining the Times, he was, among other things, a reporter and editor for two years at Energy User News. His first front page story at the Times involved innovations in energy efficient motors and he frequently wrote about developments in renewable energy. In recent years, he primarily covered medical devices but was also the Times' lead reporter on nanotechnology in the paper and on its Bits blog. Barnaby received a B.A. degree from Williams College and a J.D. degree from the Univ. of California at Berkeley School of Law. He is preparing to enter divinity school this fall.
MUNIR H. NAYFEH Professor of Physics, University of Illinois
Professor Munir Nayfeh received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the American University of Beirut in 1968, and 1970, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1974. He served as a postdoctoral fellow and research physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1974-1977, and as a lecturer at Yale University in 1977, before joining the physics faculty at the University of Illinois in 1978.
Following his arrival at the UIUC, Professor Nayfeh developed an active experimental program to study the multi-photon (nonlinear) dissociation of molecules as a means to enhance dissociation selectivity. He was the first to demonstrate isotope separation using this process. He was also the first physicist to examine the behavior of hydrogen molecules in intense laser fields, and his seminal work in this area initiated a whole new area of research in molecular Coulomb explosions.
In the past few years, Professor Nayfeh has pursued two separate lines of research: (1) a theoretical program focusing on the role of classical chaotic dynamics in hydrogen atoms rendered essentially one-dimensional in the presence of very strong dc electrical fields; and (2) an experimental program he has termed "writing with atoms," in which the spatial selectivity of the electric field in a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is combined with the frequency (energy) selectivity of a laser to deposit fine patterns with nearly atomic resolution on a variety of substrates at room temperature. Dr. Nayfeh was solely responsible for the conception and development of this innovative technique.
Most recently, Professor Nayfeh has investigated the fabrication and the analysis of nanometer-scale structures by employing STM to study hysteresis effects in the formation of matter. This work provides physical insights on the fundamental nature and interactions of solids at nanometer/atomic scales, and it has significant implications for near-term technological applications in nanoelectronics and photonics .
Research Areas : atomic, molecular, and optical physics; laser atomic spectroscopy
RICHARD P. LEWANDOWSKI
President & CEO, Prism Solar Technologies, Inc
Richard P. Lewandowski, President and CEO of Prism Solar technologies, Inc (PST): PST is a Lake Katrine, New York early stage manufacturer of advanced holographic solar electric modules. Mr. Lewandowski has over 25 years experience in the field of solar energy. Founder and former CEO of SunWize Technologies, Inc., one of the largest PV distributors in North America. Former Vice President of Technology, Besicorp Group, Inc. Founder, past President of the New York Solar Energy Industry Association. Founder and past President of the Illinois Solar Energy Industry Association. Former President of the ASES Chapter - Illinois Solar Energy Association.
Michael Gurin has been instrumental in creating the vision and technology road map for integrating nanotechnology materials into reXorce’s thermal engine technology. Mr. Gurin had co-invented the core nanotechnology for conductivity enhancement and invented technology extensions of a NASA licensed supercritical air conditioning / refrigeration absorption system. He is a 15-year veteran of technology and business development in which he strategically guided CogniTek, as past president, from non-linear optimization within thermodynamic processes to the incorporation of nanoscale technologies into a wide range of heat transfer systems. Mr. Gurin has experience in achieving growth through start-ups and is now leading reXorce Thermionics Inc. in the commercialization of a high efficiency supercritical thermal engine having applications from solar thermal and geothermal to a high efficiency (greater than 70%) alternative to the internal combustion engine.
MBA, University of Michigan, 1988 Corporate finance, and venture capital.
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1986 Gas Dynamics and Thermodynamics, Simulation and Modeling of Control Systems.
Mike has a BSc in Chemistry from Bristol University (1986) and has developed his career in the petroleum additive industry since 1988. Starting as a research chemist, Mike has progressed through a series of technical and commercial management positions with both BP and Lubrizol. He joined Oxonica Energy at the start of 2007 to expand the Envirox business, drawing on his experience of growing new ventures within the international fuel additives market place.
Robert "Skip" Rung
President and Executive Director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
Mr. Rung is a senior high technology R&D executive with over 25 years of R&D management experience in CMOS process technology, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design and electronic design automation (EDA), IC packaging, MEMS, microfluidics, and inkjet printing.
Mr. Rung was asked in December 2003 to serve as the initial Executive Director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), Oregon’s first “Signature Research Center” and an unprecedented collaboration among Oregon’s research universities and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. ONAMI’s dual mission is to grow “small tech” research in Oregon and commercialize technology in order to extend the success of Oregon’s world-leading “Silicon Forest” technology cluster, which includes the most advanced R&D and manufacturing operations for leading companies such as Intel Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, FEI Company, LSI Logic Corporation, Pixelworks, Electro Scientific Industries, Xerox Office Products, Tektronix, Molecular Probes, and many dynamic smaller firms. ONAMI has so far received $28M in state investment and approximately doubled Oregon’s annual federal and private research awards in the fields of nanoscience, green nanotechnology, nanoscale metrology, and microtechnology-based energy and chemical systems (MECS).
Following his retirement from Hewlett-Packard in 2001, Mr. Rung consulted in the areas of innovation management, technology business development, and intellectual property. He is a co-author of the 2004 Oregon Research Competencies study commissioned by the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department and the author of the initial business plan for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, successfully recommended for funding as Oregon’s first Signature Research Center by the Oregon Council on Knowledge and Economic Development. OCKED’s determination was aided and influenced by Mr. Rung’s 2002 consulting study of Oregon’s most commercially promising and industrially relevant research.
Mr. Rung was a member of the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industry Council from 1999 to 2003 and a co-founder of the New Economy Coalition. He is currently a technical advisor to Northwest Technology Ventures, an Oregon seed-stage venture capital firm, a director of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, Vice-Chair of the Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Partnership, and active in several other community development efforts.
From 1987 to 2001, Mr. Rung was the director of Research and Development at Hewlett-Packard’s Corvallis, Oregon facility, responsible for the development of future generations of HP’s world-leading thermal inkjet technology, and for developing future business opportunities enabled by HP’s microelectronics, MEMS, and microfluidics competencies. During Mr. Rung’s 14 years as R&D director, inkjet printing became HP’s largest and most profitable business, maintaining worldwide technical leadership through several major new generations of technology and holding market share nearly twice that of the next largest competitor. Prior to his work on inkjet, Mr. Rung was the R&D Manager for HP’s Northwest Integrated Circuits Division in Corvallis, which achieved worldwide ASIC technology leadership in 1986 with a 1-micron process comparable to those used for DRAM. Mr. Rung’s organization also developed novel and performance-leading in-house IC design automation systems and custom IC packaging technologies (hybrids, flat packs, TAB) to enable calculators and other HP products.
Mr. Rung began his industrial career in 1977 at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA, performing advanced research in the areas of CMOS process device isolation, latch-up, and comparison with alternative silicon and compound semiconductor technologies. In 1981 and 1982, Mr. Rung was selected by HP to be a technology exchange engineer with Toshiba Corp. in Kawasaki, Japan, where he continued his research inside the world’s leading semiconductor memory engineering group. He is the holder of 2 US Patents, author or co-author of over 14 refereed journal or conference papers on IC technology, 4 invited papers (2 at leading international meetings), and 4 invited presentations on inkjet printing technology.
Mr. Rung received his BSEE and MSEE co-terminally in 1976 from Stanford University, where he was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi in his junior year. His master’s thesis concerned the experimental determination of semiconductor doping profiles, and was part of the Stanford research on process simulation that was seminal for the rapid growth of computer simulation for solid state electronic processes and devices.