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F. DAN ARVIZU Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Dan Arvizu became the eighth Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on January 15, 2005.
NREL, in Golden, Colorado, began operations in 1977 and is the Department of Energy's primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance). Dr. Arvizu is President of Alliance and also is an Executive Vice President with the Midwest Research Institute, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Arvizu was the chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Before joining CH2M he was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He started his career and spent four years at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories.
In 2004, Dr. Arvizu was appointed by the President and confirmed by the full U.S. Senate to be on the 24-member National Science Board, which is the governing board of the National Science Foundation and the national science policy advisory body to the President and the Congress. He chairs the Audit and Oversight Committee and is the co-chair of the Task Force on Sustainable Energy.
Dr. Arvizu serves on a number of Boards, Panels and Advisory Committees including the American Council on Renewable Energy Advisory Board; the Energy Research, Development, and Deployment Policy Project Advisory Committee at the Harvard Kennedy School; the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Alternative Energies; the Singapore Clean Energy International Advisory Panel; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III; the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corporation; and the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority Board of Directors.
He has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
JACK ULDRICH Global futurist, Keynote Speaker, and best-selling author
Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author. His books include the best-selling, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, and the award-winning, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark's Daring Westward Expedition. His latest book is Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies.
Mr. Uldrich's other written works have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, The Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country. He also writes a regular column on emerging technologies for The Motley Fool, and is a frequent guest of the media worldwide--having appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio on numerous occasions.
In addition to speaking on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management and leadership, Uldrich is a leading expert on assisting businesses adapt. He has served as an advisor to Fortune 1000 companies and is noted for his ability to deliver provocative, new perspectives on competitive advantage, organizational change and transformational leadership.
Highly regarded for his unique ability to present complex information in an entertaining, understandable and digestible manner that stays with his audiences long afterwards, Uldrich has spoken to hundreds of businesses and organizations, including General Electric, General Mills, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Pfizer, Invitrogen, St. Jude Medical, AG Schering, Imation, Fairview Hospitals, Touchstone Energy, The Insurance Service Organization, The National Kitchen & Bath Association, The National Paint & Coatings Association and dozens more.
Jack Uldrich is also known for his willingness to work with clients well in advance of his presentations in order to deliver highly tailored presentations that are guaranteed to help his clients not only profit today, but continue to prosper long into the future.
DAVID C. GREGG President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizenre Corporation
With broad business insight rooted in an array of industries that experienced rapid transition into highly automated environments, David Gregg is a technologist and entrepreneur. In January of 2004, Mr. Gregg began an exhaustive two year investigation of the photovoltaic industry. Seeing the immense change opportunity in this space, David founded The Citizenre Corporation and began development of the streamlined IT applications that enable the Company's "friction-less" integration of customer aggregation, PV procurement, installation, and service across thousands of disbursed locations.
Through these systems, Citizenre is re-engineering how solar electricity is brought to market. The Company's systems transform a fragmented, inefficient industry by combining economies-of-scale with patentable down-stream business processes to open untapped markets. By making solar power as simple as subscribing to satellite TV, Citizenre expects to redefine the $300 billion US electricity market, just as DirecTV and DISH Network redefined television.
Prior to beginning his extended research into the PV industry, Mr. Gregg was a partner in SphereConcepts LLC, a web applications and enterprise-scale web architecture design house in San Diego, California. As a partner, David helped lead the Company into enterprise-scale web applications, defining business needs and steering Company assets towards Internet 2.0 initiatives.
Preceding his role at SphereConcepts, Mr. Gregg was Head of Web Services and Content for PacCom Corporation -- a multi-million dollar telecommunications company based in Los Angeles, California with electronics distribution and web services divisions. In this role, David oversaw the role out of both DSL and 802.11 platforms, as well as the in-house design of cutting-edge legal and financial web-based applications. Mr. Gregg also held several positions in the entertainment industry including Vice President -- Strategic Planning for Extreme Entertainment and Vice President -- New Content Development for Prestige, Inc. David brings this strategic planning and business development experience to the Solar sector, along with earlier experience as an analyst and group manager for a privately-held Los Angeles REIT -- a position which entailed complex financial structuring and the development of a proprietary information system for management of acquisitions, financing, and construction and refurbishment of residential properties.
SCOTT B. LIVINGSTON Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Livingston Securities LLC
Mr. Livingston has been working on emerging technologies at Wall Street firms for over 18 years and has specialized in nanotechnologies since 2002. Mr. Livingston has been called "sharp and highly connected" by the Forbes Wolfe Nanotechnology Report (July 1, 2005) and has been a keynote speaker on advanced technology investment trends at MIT, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the Nanobusiness Alliance, Brookhaven National Labs, Rice University Center for Nanotechnology, the Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Albany Nanotech, Hillary Clinton's Jobs for New York, the US Congress Nanotechnology Caucus and the US Congress High Tech Caucus, and at conferences on economic development and job creation through investment in advanced technologies in over a dozen states across America. In addition, Mr. Livingston is also the creator of the annual "Livingston Nanotechnology Conference," Wall Street's largest annual nanotechnology investor conference since 2005.
From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Livingston was a Managing Director at Axiom Capital Management, Inc, and head of the Livingston Group, a division within Axiom focused on nanotechnology. From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Livingston was a Director in the Private Investment Management Division at Lehman Brothers. While at Lehman in 2002, Mr. Livingston began his focus on nanotechnology and started to cover the field for institutional and individual investors. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Livingston served as a Director in the Private Client Group at Cowen & Co (later renamed SG Cowen Securities), where he was a member of the Chairman's Club from 1998 to 2000 the firm's highest honor for private client management. While at Cowen, Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including genomics, Y2K preparedness and defense technologies. From 1993 to 1996 Mr. Livingston was a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Group at Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Livingston was named a Senior Vice President in 1993, at the age of 24, one of the youngest appointees for the firm at that time. While at Smith Barney Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including biotechnology, data networking and telecommunications services. From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Livingston was a Vice President at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. Smith Barney Inc. acquired Shearson Lehman Hutton in March of 1993. From 1989 to 1992 Mr. Livingston was an investment representative with Citigroup Global Markets.
Mr. Livingston graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Economic Relations. Mr. Livingston is a Board Member of the Nanobusiness Alliance and a founding Board Member of the New York Nanobusiness Alliance. Mr. Livingston is also a founding member of the Water Innovations Alliance. Mr. Livingston sits on the Board of the Dolan DNA Learning Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the NanoEthics Group. Mr. Livingston's registrations include Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 and 65.
MICHAEL HOLMAN, Ph.D. Research Director at Lux Research
Michael Holman is a Research Director at Lux Research. He leads a team of Analysts and Senior Analysts responsible for providing ongoing intelligence and strategic advice to clients in a variety of emerging technology areas, including nanomaterials, solar energy, alternative power and energy storage, water technologies, and biosciences. He and his research team provide the information and insight to help clients -- ranging from Global 500 corporations to leading institutional investors -- make better decisions about emerging technologies. Michael is also deeply involved in technology public policy issues. He is a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group, and was invited to address policymakers from the U.S. and EU at the Perspectives on the Future of Science and Technology program. He has helped the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) organize its Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Workshop, and helped draft a roadmap document for the DOE, guiding hundreds of millions of dollars in spending.
Michael holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University, where he performed cutting-edge research as a part of Columbia's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center and authored numerous scientific articles and reviews. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Rice University.
JOSEPH McCABE, PE VP Business Development of Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Joseph McCabe, Vice President of Business Development at Ascent Solar Technologies. Mr. McCabe brings over 15 years of photovoltaic (PV) industry experience to Ascent Solar and has expertise in the areas of building integrated photovoltaics, photovoltaic / thermal collectors, and zero energy homes. Mr. McCabe owns a U.S. patent integrating LED lighting directly into PV surfaces. From 2000 until 2004, he managed solar energy research for the State of California, at the Public Interest Energy Research office of the California Energy Commission. Most recently he generated multiple contracts with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and was a technical support contractor for the California Energy Commission. Mr. McCabe is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton, a Masters degree in Nuclear and Energy Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Masters of Business Administration from RegisUniversity in Denver, Colorado.
In February of 2008, Ascent Solar chose to keep Ascent's headquarters in Colorado, purchasing space in Thornton to house new headquarters and its 30 MW manufacturing production lines. As of April 2009, the company employs 65 people and expects to create more than 200 future manufacturing jobs for Colorado over the next two years.
Ascent Solar has continued on its path toward commercial production in its 1.5MW pilot manufacturing plant in Littleton. During the first quarter of 2009, the company began regular production of its monolithically integrated flexible CIGS modules from the 1.5 MW plant. The company also achieved a manufacturing milestone of Initial Operating Capability by demonstrating process uniformities resulting in better than expected average cell efficiencies of 9.5 percent. Ascent is the world's first company to produce monolithically integrated thin-film modules on plastic substrate.
In January 2009, Ascent Solar received the Governor's Excellence in Renewable Energy Award, honoring Ascent with its outstanding contributions in providing clean power through the promotion, usage, implementation and technology development of renewable energy in Colorado.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
VINCENT CAPRIO Executive Director, NY NanoBusiness Alliance
Mr. Caprio is the Vice President of the national NanoBusiness Alliance (www.nanobusiness.org) 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. In November 2008, Mr. Caprio co-founded The Water Innovations Alliance (www.waterinnovations.org) with Mark Modzelewski. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated in the NanoBusiness Alliance's public policy tour of Washington, D.C. for the past seven years. Mr. Caprio is the founder and event director of the 8th Annual NanoBusiness Alliance Conference (www.nanobusiness2009.com) being held in Chicago in 2009. During the past four years (2006-2009), Mr. Caprio was an invited speaker and guest lecturer on Nanotechnology at, NanoBusiness Alliance Conferences, New York State Investors Conference 2007 & 2008, University of Pennsylvania, PMI, Chemical Week, RPI, Always-On Going Green, IMAPS-New England, New York Photonics & RRPC, Commercialization of NanoMaterials 2007, The Food and Drug Law Institute, The Nanotechnology Institute-Philadelphia, Empire State Pension Conference, Pharma MedDevice, Livingston Nanotechnology Conference 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008, Quantum Dots 2006 & 2007, 2008 MAC and The Water Innovations Conference (www.waterinnovations.org). In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations discussing the impact of Water and Nanotechnology.
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. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.
GRIFFITH A. KUNDAHL Executive Chairman, Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance (“DU”)
Griff is the Executive Chairman, Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance 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.
Assistant Director for International Activities, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes
Erik Fisher joined the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) in the Fall of 2006, where he is currently Assistant Director for International Activities at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS), and Principle Investigator on the STIR (Socio-Technical Integration Research) project. He also leads a major research thrust for the Center. Fisher studies the governance of emerging technologies, and travels regularly to the European continent. He developed the approach of Midstream Modulation, which helps broaden social and environmental decision-making in laboratories. Previously at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Fisher worked at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, was an "embedded humanist" in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and served as Humanities Advisor for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He holds a doctorate in Environmental Studies (science policy track), a master's degree in Classics, and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Mathematics from St. John's College. In Summer 2009, Fisher joins the Political Science Department at ASU as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Bernard's practice concentrates on patent prosecution, primarily in the areas of renewable energy, high-strength ceramics, and semiconductor electronics. He has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications involving alternative fuels, fuel cells, cellulosic ethanol, and natural gas production. He also has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of ceramic body armor and semiconductor device fabrication.
Prior to joining Townsend, Dr. Bernard worked in the Denver office of a major Washington D.C.-based law firm, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, assisting in pre-trial preparation for patent infringement litigation as well as assisting in drafting a Federal Circuit brief in a case involving infringement of agricultural chemicals. He has previous experience as a patent agent and technical analyst, assisting with the scientific aspects of patent infringement litigation.
With over thirty years of experience prosecuting patents and rendering analyses in patent cases, Dr. Heines has a vast knowledge of such diverse areas as organic and inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, biotechnology and medical devices. His practice further extends to nanotechnology as applied to drug delivery systems, metal alloy microstructures, and ceramics, including inventions involving carbon nanotubes. Although his practice is concentrated in patent prosecution, he often provides litigation support for patent litigators, including detailed patentability, validity and infringement studies. Dr. Heines works directly with engineers and scientists as well as in-house counsel in preparing and obtaining patents for clients in the United States and abroad. He also prepares patent, trade secret and technology transfer licenses and confidentiality agreements for his clients.
In the United States alone as of 2007, Dr. Heines has obtained 90 patents for the University of California, 60 for Aerojet General Corporation and its affiliates, 125 for Bio-Rad Laboratories, and hundreds more for other clients. He has also obtained counterparts of many of these patents in countries throughout the world.
As an accomplished writer, Dr. Heines has written and published articles on patent law for both attorneys and engineers and two books, one entitled "Patents for Business - The Manager's Guide to Scope, Strategy, and Due Diligence," Praeger Publishers, 2007, and the other, "Patent Empowerment for Small Corporations? published by Quorum Books, 2001. He also has chaired sessions on patent law at national American Institute of Chemical Engineers meetings and is a patent editor for Chemical Engineering Progress, a monthly publication of the AIChE, for which he writes a periodic "Patent Update."
Kimberly M. McGrath, Ph.D., MBA
Director of Fuel Cell Research, QuantumSphere Incorporated
Dr. McGrath has over nine years experience in renewable energy technologies, with emphasis on the design of catalytic materials for fuel cells, solar cells, batteries, electrolyzers, and other electrochemical systems. With a strong background in polymer chemistry, Dr. McGrath worked with the University of Southern California and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop and characterize robust new low-crossover proton exchange membranes for portable military direct methanol fuel cells. In addition, she worked to develop new catalyst systems to improve the air-breathing fuel cell electrode, and in 2004 was invited by the Journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry to write a treatise on Direct Methanol Fuel Cells with renowned fluorine chemist G.K. Surya Prakash and Nobel Laureate George A. Olah. Her current work at QuantumSphere is focused on low cost thin film solar materials and improved catalysts for portable fuel cells and batteries. Dr. McGrath received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. George O. G. Löf will receive an award at the 2009 Nano Renewable Energy Summit recognizing his lifetime achievements in the field of solar energy research. A true solar energy research pioneer, Dr. Löf built a small one-story wood-framed cottage in 1943 at 1719 Mariposa Ave. in Boulder, Colorado, a house with an experimental solar heating system. He lived in this home with his young family while teaching as a chemical engineering professor at the University of Colorado. The nation's first solar home used a greenhouse-like solar heat collector of rooftop glass plates that were warmed by the sun and then heated the air, which then passed into the house. Dr. Löf boasted that the setup saved 20 percent on the heating bill of the home and he predicted a savings of 60 percent with technical improvements. Dr. Löf was able to keep his home at an even 70 degrees even in sub-zero weather as long as the sun was shining. In cloudy weather, at night or when snow covered the collector, a conventional furnace was substituted.
Dr. Löf's research was so advanced at the time that the home and the University of Colorado received national publicity. Dr. Löf's residence was featured in Business Week (March 15, 1947), the Christian Science Monitor (Aug. 14, 1947), the New York Herald Tribune, Architectural Forum and other national publications.
Dr. Löf continued his research by building another solar house for his family of six in Cherry Hills. Dr. Löf continues today to reside in this home which was completed in 1957 and is reportedly the oldest known solar residence. Dr. Löf went on to chair the chemical engineering department at the University of Denver, create Solaron Corporation and other companies while winning top honors in the field of solar energy.
Other work related to solar energy applications with which Dr. Löf has been associated has been in saline water distillation by solar energy (in cooperation with the Saline Water Conversion Program, U.S. Department of Interior), solar power production, solar energy collector-heat pump combination for house heating and cooling, and low cost applications of solar energy in underdeveloped countries.
Dr. Löf was a featured speaker of, and was on the Advisory Committee along with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and other notable visionaries and researchers, of the historic World Symposium of Applied Solar Energy in Phoenix, Arizona in 1955. This event featured 130 delegates from 37 nations, 96 papers, and a Solar Engineering Exhibit that was attended by 30,000 visitors.
Dr. Löf was born in Aspen, Colorado and received his B.S. degree at the University of Denver in 1935. He received his Ph.D. in 1940 from M.I.T.
VP for Planning and Capital Projects, Denver Zoo
George Pond is a landscape architect who serves as the VP for Planning and Capital Projects for the Denver Zoo. His vision guides many of the Denver Zoo's eco-friendly initiatives, including the workplace conservation committee, waste-to-energy gasification technology, water conservation, promoting alternative transportation efforts for employees, and the planned LEED Certified Asian Tropics exhibit.
Integrating sustainability and top environmental practices into any business is not an easy task. Doing it at a zoo adds a new level of complexity. As an organization dedicated to conservation, it is paramount that the Denver Zoo lead green initiatives, serve as an environmental champion for its animals and as an example for the community. Mr. Pond's presentation will cover the groundbreaking environmental technologies the zoo is implementing in conjunction with its globally-recognized sustainable management system and how these efforts are saving the environment and the zoo's pocketbook.
Carolyn McIntosh counsels clients on complex environmental compliance matters and environmental and natural resources litigation.
Ms. McIntosh has extensive experience handling compliance and permitting matters, including air permitting for waste management companies, Clean Water Act permitting issues for the Department of Energy's Hanford installation, training and remediation strategies at other DOE complex facilities including Rocky Flats and OakRidge, and hazardous waste and solid waste permitting for local governments and the waste management industry. Ms. McIntosh has represented the City and County of Denver, and the States of Colorado and Montana in major Superfund litigation and environmental compliance matters, including Lowry Landfill, the Denver Radium Sites, and Uravan. She also regularly provides environmental due diligence counseling.
Previously, Ms. McIntosh served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado for Superfund and hazardous waste management and as a special assistant attorney general to the State of Montana, implementing its Superfund program. Ms. McIntosh has litigated cases involving the applicability of state hazardous waste management laws to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, air quality regulatory requirements in Colorado, remediation at radioactive mill processing facilities, zoning land use, and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Ms. McIntosh has also served on a number of local government boards and commissions, including 12 years on the Lafayette City Council, the last four years of which she served as the Mayor of Lafayette. Ms. McIntosh served for three years on the Boulder County Long Range Planning Commission, and for four years she participated in the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. Additionally, Ms. McIntosh served on the Denver Regional Council of Governments Board for ten years and on the Metro Mayor's Council for four years. She was also a founding member of the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority. Ms. McIntosh continues to work with Colorado local governments on planning, transportation, and appropriations issues.
Vice President Business Development, iTi Solar
John Spiers has over 24 years of experience architecting, developing and implementing software, hardware, and automation technology solutions in the computer industry. He has held multiple engineering development and management positions. Prior to founding LeftHand Networks, John was Director of Engineering at Maxtor Corporation where he developed market leading, high precision automation and factory information systems for high volume electronics manufacturing. John was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) Finalist in 2005 & 2006 and received the Boulder Chamber of Commerce Esprit Entrepreneur of Distinction Award in 2006. John holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Margaret S.C. Johns
Founder and Managing Director, BlueLake Partners LLC
Ms. Johns, is Founder and Managing Director of BlueLake Partners, LLC, a technology-focused investment bank. BLP is a FINRA registered broker-dealer. The Firm provides financial advisory services to growth-oriented companies, including merger and acquisition and private placement assignments, the development of financial strategy, and valuation services. The Firm's mission is to provide high quality investment banking services, capitalizing on its Wall Street heritage and nationwide network of technology, venture capital and investment banking professionals. Ms. Johns has advised on over 100 transactions valued at over $3 billion.
Vice President Business Development, iTi Solar
For over 15 years, Ms. Balachandra has been immersed in Federal and state policies that influence technology development, commercialization and deployment. Most recently her work has focused on nanotechnology research and development for military and commercial applications, and the development of renewable energy technologies. Ms. Balachandra has also worked to educate Federal policymakers on nano environmental, health and safety (EH&S) issues and the specific concerns of small businesses. Ms. Balachandra previously worked for the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), where she served as a liaison between the small business community in Maryland and the Federal laboratories located in that state. Ms. Balachandra worked closely with Federal laboratories to showcase cutting-edge research as well as technology licensing opportunities. She also worked with small technology-based businesses, including start-ups, to identify appropriate Federal laboratory resources, research collaborators, state and Federal funding sources and business assistance, such as incubator space. Prior to her work for the State of Maryland, Ms. Balachandra worked for several years at the U.S. Department of Commerce on a variety of technology policy issues, including state and local programs to support technology-based economic development, technology infrastructure issues, regulatory obstacles to technology development, and trade issues. Her responsibilities included analyzing Federal technology programs for the purpose of recommending appropriate treatment under the WTO Subsidies Code and analyzing particular industries for the purpose of recommending Departmental action on pending legislation. She developed and managed a grants program to support state and local efforts to promote technology-intensive companies. She also spearheaded the development of the State Science & Technology Indicators, a tool for gauging state technology infrastructure.
Ms. Balachandra holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at
Berkeley and a Master?s in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Richard A. Canady
Senior Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Richard A. Canady is a leading expert in regulatory risk
assessment and nanotechnology regulatory policy having led
multidisciplinary teams of policy and technical experts in the
resolution of a wide range of cutting edge health risk management
issues over a 20 year career that includes genomics,
nanotechnology, biotechnology, obesity, contaminants in foods and
medical products (including mercury, dioxins, perchlorate, and
acrylamide), and medical product development.
Mr. Canady has a breadth of experience and insight in government
regulatory policy for health risk assessment from the executive
level, integrating across product review centers for the FDA Office
of the Commissioner and across Federal Agencies for the
Executive Office of the President. His experience includes
substantial international work, leading policy and technical analysis
teams within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development, the World Health Organization, and the Food and
Agriculture Organization as well as in direct bilateral interactions
with major U.S. trading partners on chemical risk management
issues facing FDA.
Roland L. Hulstrom
for Photovoltaics, NREL
Professional expertise and experience
* Module and systems engineering and reliability
* Resource assessment
* Solar energy system analyses and trade-off studies
* Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF) project design leadership
* National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) planning, designing, and implementation
* National and international standards for spectral solar radiation
* PV shipment/growth-rate analyses
* Early, spacecraft-based automated remote sensing systems (Feature Identification and Location Experiment, FILE)
* M.S. Physics and Chemistry, 1967, University of Northern Colorado
* B.A. Physics, 1965, University of Northern Colorado
Prior work experience
* Deputy director, NCPV, 1998-present
* Division manager, NCPV's Engineering and Reliability division, 1998-present
* Center director, NREL Center for Performance Engineering, Qualification, and Reliability, 1996-97
* Director, Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory at Martin Marietta Aerospace Corporation, Denver, 1967-77
* Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
* Van Morriss Award, NREL, given annually to an NREL technical or administrative staff member who is perceived as a leader in the growth and development of MRI, Battelle, Bechtel, and NREL through major improvements in productivity, capability, or efficiency, FY 2002
* Inaugural Forecast Award, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), "for the many technical contributions leading to the development and initiation of the inaugural forecast (using satellite methodologies and technologies) of solar energy distribution over the U.S," 1980
* Skylab Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), "in appreciation of dedicated service to the Nation as a member of the Skylab Team, which extended man's knowledge and capabilities in space," 1973
* Certificate of Recognition, NASA, "for the creative development of technology, consisting of the Feature Identification and Location Experiment (FILE), which flew on a Space Shuttle mission," 1976
* MRI President's Awards (2), NREL/MRI, for exceptional performance
* Staff Award, SERI/NREL, for exceptional performance regarding the SERF project, 1993
President and cofounder of nanoTox, Inc.
President and cofounder of nanoTox, Inc., Harry Bushong?s expertise includes work in the life sciences, raising capital for startups and leveraging value in intellectual property.
In 2003, Mr. Bushong worked with The Olmsted Group, a New York life sciences merchant bank with a licensed portfolio including Intellectual Property from Columbia University, Wisconsin University, MIT, Vanderbilt and Baylor College of Medicine in the fields of stem cells, genomics, biotech and hepatocytes. Mr. Bushong assisted several companies formed around a proprietary piece of intellectual property, including Omnimmune Corp., Plurion, Zirus (formerly Avatar), and Amphioxus. Amphioxus recently merged with Plurion to form Stem Cell Innovations, Inc. In addition, he worked with both public and private enterprises at Aurora Financial Services, a private NASD broker/dealer focused on the energy sector.
Mr. Bushong formed Wired Capital, a private equity network series, to assist early stage investors identify promising technological and industrial enterprises in Austin, Houston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Miami. He also helped transform a solutions management animation company into one of Austin?s earliest streaming media companies, securing three rounds of investments, a $3.5 Million encoding contract, and an international management team to promote the business model.
Mr. Bushong earned his National Association Of Securities Dealers Series 7 and 63 licenses while with Prudential Financial Services in Austin.
Prior to co-founding LivinGreen Materials, Dr. Tagge was President of Innovative Construction & Building Materials, LLC (ICBM), where he led the company from its founding through the development and commercialization of advanced technologies for gypsum board. Concurrent to his tenure at ICBM, Dr. Tagge managed the incubation of DuraFizz, LLC, developing nanotechnologies for food and beverage applications. Prior to ICBM, Dr. Tagge specialized in the fields of catalysis and polymers as a scientist at SRI International and an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Dr. Tagge has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and holds 17 US patents.
Gary Carlson. P.E., Ph.D.
CTO, MemPro Ceramics Corporation
Dr. Carlson is the Chief Technology Officer at MemPro Ceramics Corporation where he is responsible for all research efforts and technical support relating to business development activities. He has been involved in the commercialization and development of numerous ceramic based technologies for both liquid and gas processes over the past 15 years. His extensive experience in technology commercialization includes the development of various technologies from concept to full product launch. Currently, Dr. Carlson is leading research activities related to the study of advanced ceramic materials and nanotechnologies for catalytic processes.
Dr. Carlson holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder with emphasis on advanced water treatment and air pollution control technologies. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and is an active member in the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Don Ewert, IH, EH&S Manager; OSO BioPharmaceuticals Manufacturing, Chairman; AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group
The year 2009' marks Don's 32nd year as a practicing Industrial Hygienist with a career start as Radiation Safety Officer for North Dakota's largest radioisotope user. During his tenure with North Dakota State University, Don completed his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and worked towards a Masters degree in Business Administration along with a PhD in Biochemistry. In 1985, Don founded HTI Laboratories and Industrial Consultants, an environmental engineering and consulting firm. This start-up venture gained national recognition and in 1990, the company boasted more than 100 EHS professionals working from 5 offices nationwide. As a leading field & laboratory services organization, HTI served some of our country's largest corporations as well as a Who's Who of institutional, industrial, and governmental cliental. Through HTI, Don oversaw environmental sampling of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, remediation of medical facilities at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, creation of the first EPA-NIST Certified Mobile Laboratory, and development of three major environmental laws involving health & safety. Following years as an expert witness in the area of forensic toxicology, Don accepted a position as Research Scholar in the Center for Environmental Toxicology & Technology at Colorado State University and furthered his graduate work in Environmental Health and Toxicology. Upon leaving CSU, Don began work with the Fort Peck Tribes of Northeastern Montana. There, he led the tribal nation toward satisfaction of a major consent decree, placed upon it by EPA-Region VIII. At the conclusion of this work, Don returned to Colorado where he served as the Environmental, Health, & Safety Manager for NanoProducts Corporation, a venture capitalized nanomaterials chemical manufacturer. In this position, he provided guidance to an anxious health community concerned about the potentially toxic effects of nanoscale compound exposures. More recently, Don joined OSO BioPharmaceuticals, formerly Catalent Pharma Solutions, in their New Mexico based corporate operations. With OsoBio, Don provides global EH&S management over FDA-cGMP Risk Programs and utilizes his vast industrial hygiene and environmental experience to create leading edge exposure control practices involving a wide range of potent pharmaceutical compounds. Don is also Chairman of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Nanotechnology Working Group where his leadership skills are being used to benefit the professionals and public served by this important organization.
Rafaat B. Ludin,
President & CEO, International Home Finance and Development, LLC (IHFD)
Rafaat B. Ludin was born in a very well respected family in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rafaat is the President and CEO of International Home Finance and Development, LLC (IHFD) and an expert in business transformation and performance excellence.
President and CEO of International Home Finance and Development, LLC (IHFD), a Colorado based private home development and finance organization. Through IHFD, Rafaat introduces mortgage industry in developing countries (e.g. a 10,000 unit mix use development in Kabul, Afghanistan), thus giving access to home ownership to millions of young, low to middle income households and offering them 20 year mortgages. He works closely with various US government development agencies such as OPIC, USTDA and USAID as well as international organizations (e.g. World Bank, FMO, IFC, MIGA), and private and corporate investors.
As head of IHFD's Joint Venture with Qaderdan Rural Technologies Workshop (QRTDW) and Quality Management Construction (QMC) of Afghanistan and in cooperation with Independent Power Systems (IPS) of Boulder, Colorado, Rafaat is presently introducing solar and wind energy systems to the Afghan National Army, telecommunication companies and other players in Afghanistan. By launching these initiatives, IHFD demonstrates that solar and wind technologies can not only be environmentally friendly but also cost effective in the short and long run, particularly in an off-grid environment. IHFD's emphasis on solar and wind energy in the commercial, military, residential and agricultural areas can revolutionize the use of renewable energies in the developing countries in general and in Afghanistan in particular.
President and CEO of Geo-Building Technologies, LLC (GBT), a Colorado based private manufacturing and construction company with international operations. GBT is a subsidiary of IHFD, which is the exclusive license holder of the GreenMachine® and TerraBricks® for 8 countries of Southeast and Central Asia. The license includes the manufacturing of the GreenMachine®. The GreenMachine® is a rugged one-ton portable machine that manufactures tongue and groove compressed soil bricks for environmentally friendly and low cost TerraBricks® potentially revolutionizing the construction industries in the region.
Managing Director of AREA (Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy-conservation for Afghanistan) - a GTZ offspring and, today, a Kabul based non-governmental organization with activities in the fields of alternative technologies, community development and income generation. Rafaat was able to grow this organization from 36 employees to over 500 employees operating out of five offices in less than 6 years. As Managing Director and CEO of AREA, Rafaat was able to achieve the following:
• First-time introduction of solar energy projects for heating, cooking and electrical power generation in Afghanistan
• First time introduction of Biogas in Afghanistan
• First time introduction of vertical shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) technology in Afghanistan
• First time introduction of use of wind-energy for water pumping in Afghanistan.
• First time introduction of the Asiab Micro Hydro Electric power generation system in Afghanistan, converting water mills to power generation systems/plants.
• First time global introduction of a viable and UN adopted low cost community based land-mine clearance program started in Afghanistan
• Establishment of more than 7 commercially operating manufacturing plants for building materials, shelter components, alternative technology products, metal processing and agricultural production in various parts of Afghanistan and in Pakistan.
Rafaat Ludin has authored hundreds of concept papers and dozens of articles on community developmental as well as technical and business developmental issues. He has also authored a published short story titled "Tears of Anguish", which tells the story of a family caught in the midst of a civil war that tears their lives apart.