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September 18, 2005

Dr. Carlo Montemagno, 2003 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology recipient and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA, 3/24/04

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Dr. Carlo Montemagno is the Carol and Roy Doumani Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chairman of Academic Affairs for UCLA's Biomedical Engineering IDP, and a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In 1988, Dr. Montemagno joined Argonne National Laboratory, where he both developed and served as group leader for the Advanced Environmental Studies and Environmental Physics research groups. While at Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Montemagno earned his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame in Civil Engineering in 1995. Joining UCLA in 2001, he has published over 60 papers, holds several patents, and has presented over 45 keynote or invited talks at international conferences. For his cumulative work, Dr. Montemagno was awarded the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology in 2003.

Dr. Montemagno's research is focused on the application of nanotechnology to biological systems. He is well known for having engineered and fabricated the first nanobiomechanical motor system. This effort named him a Finalist in Discovery Magazine’s Technological Innovations of the Year in the field of Emergent Technology. His current research projects are directed at the development of biomolecular motor–powered nanoelectromechanical devices, muscle-powered MEMS devices, microrobotics, and the engineering of on-chip detectors for pathogens. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr. Montemagno has provided extensive services to professional societies around the world. He is a member of many national scientific committees, has provided guidance to other governments on the development of NEMS technologies, and chaired or served on numerous organizing committees of international conferences on emerging technology.

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September 15, 2005

Dr. Leon N Cooper, 1972 Nobel Laureate in Physics and Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science, Brown University, 8/17/05

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Dr. Leon N Cooper is the Thomas J. Watson Senior Professor of Science at Brown University. He specializes in theoretical physics, including low-temperature physics, and has also done theoretical work in neuroscience as well as in neural networks. Dr. Cooper is the director of the Brown University Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, which consists of groups of scientists applying various disciplines to the study of the brain. He is also a professor in the departments of Physics and Neuroscience at Brown University. Dr. Cooper was awarded the Comstock Prize by the National Academy of Sciences in 1968, the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1972, the Descartes Medal by the Academie de Paris in 1977, and the College de France Medal in 2000. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Society for Neuroscience.

Members of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems conduct research in brain function and neural systems that draws on biology, psychology, mathematics, engineering, physics, linguistics, and computer science. Their overall goal is a deeper understanding of the basic processes by which the central nervous system learns and organizes itself and acquires the capacity for mental acts.

The Institute is especially interested in the interaction between theoretical ideas and experimental results. Current areas of research include theories of cortical plasticity, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory storage, the analysis and application of artificial neural networks, and signal processing.

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September 10, 2005

Dr. Peter Will, USC/Information Sciences Institute Fellow and Research Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science, and Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering, 7/27/05

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After a distinguished 30-year career in research and R&D management with IBM, Schlumberger, and Hewlett Packard, Dr. Peter Will joined the USC/Information Sciences Institute in 1992 as Director of the Networking and Communications Division. He is currently an ISI Fellow and Research Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science, and Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering.

Dr. Will’s research career has focused mainly on robotics and image processing. He invented structured light for vision, did the first digital rectification of Landsat images, conceived the project and led the team that produced the IBM robot that went on sale in 1982, led the team that built the first working solid modeling software, and produced the configuration space technique. At ISI he was Principal Investigator on MEMS multi-robot chips for micro-assembly, co-founded USC's laboratory for Molecular Robotics, and was Principal Investigator and the inventor of CONRO, the precursor to Superbot.

Dr. Will has published over 100 papers and holds 12 U.S. patents with several in the application stage. He is at present a member of NASA's MARS Technology Review Board and NIST's Systems Integration Division Review Panel. Dr. Will is a former member of DARPA's ISAT group and the Computer Science and Technology Board of the NRC, and was awarded the Joseph E. Engelberger Medal in Robotics in 1990.

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September 06, 2005

Dr. Douglas Arnold, Director, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, 8/31/05

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Dr. Douglas N. Arnold is Director of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Arnold's research interests include numerical analysis, partial differential equations, mechanics, and in particular, the interplay between these fields. Much of his work has concerned finite element methods, with the main applications being to the numerical simulation of elastic plates and shells, and also of incompressible fluids. Recently he has been working in computational relativity, with the long-term goal of the numerical simulation of massive astrophysical events, such as black hole collisions, and the resulting gravitational radiation emission.

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is a national research institute established in 1982 by the National Science Foundation. The primary mission of the IMA is to increase the impact of mathematics by fostering interdisciplinary research which links high caliber mathematics with important problems from other disciplines, technology, industry, and society. Allied with this mission, the IMA also aims to expand and strengthen the talent base engaged in mathematical research applied to or relevant to such problems. The IMA is located at the University of Minnesota, and is operated as a partnership between the National Science Foundation, the University of Minnesota, and a consortium of 50 affiliated universities, national laboratories, and corporations. The National Science Foundation recently extended the funding for the IMA to the period 2005-2010 with a grant of $19.5M, the largest mathematics research grant ever awarded by the NSF.

The IMA is a visitor-based institute. It does not have a permanent faculty, but instead brings around 1200 mathematicians and scientists every year to its Minnesota facilities to participate in its programs, and benefit from its highly charged, highly interdisciplinary environment. The major activity of the IMA each year is its thematic program, a 10-month period of concentration on a broad area of research, involving post-docs, long- and short-term visitors, workshops, tutorials, seminars, and other formal and informal activities. Recent programs have focused on Probability and Statistics of Complex Systems and the Mathematics of Materials and Macromolecules, and the IMA is about to begin its 2005-2006 thematic program on Imaging. The IMA also runs a variety of programs for training interdisciplinary mathematical scientists from the level of graduate students through senior scientists.

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September 01, 2005

Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Director, Energy and Environmental Applications Center, Albany NanoTech, 8/10/05

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Dr. Pradeep Haldar is Director of the Energy & Environmental Technology Applications Center at Albany NanoTech and a Professor at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University of Albany–State University of New York. He is responsible for technology development initiatives and for assisting companies to overcome technical, market, and business development barriers by accelerating the insertion of nanotechnology into energy and environmental applications.

Dr. Haldar is the author or co-author of over 100 technical papers and has three patents in superconductor oxide materials development. Dr. Haldar has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Northeastern University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

One of the largest global centers for nanotechnology, Albany NanoTech is home to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (NYSCEN) of the University at Albany–State University of New York. Its 450,000 square foot complex, including the only 200mm/300mm wafer facilities in the academic world, encompasses nanoelectronics, system-on-a-chip technologies, biochips, optoelectronics and photonics devices, closed-loop sensors for monitoring, detection and protection, and ultra-high-speed communication components.

With over 65,000 square feet of Class 1 capable 300mm wafer cleanrooms, as well as on-site faculty and student researchers, Albany NanoTech provides corporate partners with a unique environment to pioneer, develop, and test new nanoscience and nanoengineering innovations within a technically aggressive and financially competitive R&D environment.

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