Meyya Meyyappan is Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.
Until June 2006, he served as the Director of the Center for Nanotechnology. He is a founding member of the Interagency
Working Group on Nanotechnology (IWGN) established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The IWGN is
responsible for putting together the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Dr. Meyyappan has authored or co-authored over 330 articles in peer-reviewed journals and made over 250 Invited/Keynote/Plenary
Talks in nanotechnology subjects across the world and over 200 seminars at universities. His research interests include carbon
nanotubes, graphene, and various inorganic nanowires, their growth and characterization, and application development in chemical
and biosensors, instrumentation, electronics and optoelectronics.
Dr. Meyyappan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Electrochemical Society (ECS),
American Vacuum Society (AVS), Materials Research Society (MRS), Institute of Physics (IOP), American Institute of Chemical
Engineers (AIChE), American Institute of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Academy of Inventors, and the California Council
of Science and Technology. He is currently the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Distinguished Lecturer, and was the
Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology for both the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and ASME.
For his contributions and leadership in nanotechnology, he has received numerous awards including: a Presidential Meritorious
Award; NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal; Arthur Flemming Award given by the Arthur Flemming Foundation and the George Washington
University; IEEE Judith Resnick Award; IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award; AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award;
Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award by the Engineers' Council; Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology by the IEEE-NTC; Sir Monty
Finniston Award by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK); Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award by the
Engineers' Council; IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award;AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award; IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences
Society Merit Award. For his sustained contributions to nanotechnology, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council
Hall of Fame in 2009. He received an Honorary Doctorate in 2015 from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
for his scientific contributions.
For his educational contributions, he has received: Outstanding Recognition Award from the NASA Office of Education; the Engineer
of the Year Award (2004) by the San Francisco Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); IEEE-EDS
Education Award; IEEE-EAB (Educational Activities Board) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education.
Wenwen Zhang, Ph.D.
R & D Engineer
Berkshire Holding Corporation
Talk Title: "Contamination Control in Nanomanufacturing."
Speaker Biography: Wenwen Zhang, PhD, is an R & D Engineer for Berkshire Corporation.
She holds a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University. Dr. Zhang has more than
10 peer reviewed publications in the area of antimicrobial polymers, self-cleaning technologies, and functional
textiles. Her career goal is focused on working with emerging textile technologies to serve variety of industry needs.
Berkshire Corporation is a leading cleanroom innovator and supplier serving contamination control products for the
pharmaceutical, semiconductor and medical device industries.
Bjorn K. Song, Ph.D.
CEO & Research Physiologist
Song Biotechnologies, LLC
Talk Title: "In vivo Visualization of Nano and Micro-sized Particles"
Chris Hare heads The nTete Group a strategy and innovation licensing consulting company founded in 1999.
He is also Partner in Thingovation an Internet Of Things company and Partner in QED Global Partners a professional services
development company. He was formerly partner in MoveableCode a media and connected device strategy business. He is on the board,
an advisor or mentor to a range of companies in the US, UK, Sweden, Israel, Japan. Public clients have included the UK
Government - UK Trade and Investment. Previously he was CEO of Data Transfer and Communications a UK based Wireless Security IP
company. Prior to this he created and led Sony Ericsson’s Industry Collaboration team reporting to the COO then to the CTO.
Previously he headed Sourcing for Sony Ericsson’s largest Business Unit with a spend of over $8.5Bn.
Prior to this Chris was President of Digit Wireless a start-up in Boston. He has over 25 years experience in a range of management roles in the wireless industry. Other history includes
work with Lucas, TRW, Ericsson, LG, Sony and other companies in telecommunications/manufacturing.
Chris has received awards including the IBM Design & Innovation Award. He holds a graduate degree in Operations Management and Certificate in Industrial Management from Cornwall Business
School (UK) and is a Chartered Manager and Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (UK) and Member of IEEE (US). Chris is on the Advisory Committee of the Congressional Internet
Caucus (Washington DC) and on the board of NCTA (North Carolina Technology Association).
Patent Attorney and Adjunct Law Professor
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.
Talk Title: "Innovation Hot Topics – Patent Traps for the Unwary"
Speaker Biography: Partner, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP; Adjunct Professor,
Elon University School of Law. A licensed patent attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Jack Hicks
counsels clients to determine the type and scope of intellectual property protection that meets their business
goals. A substantial portion of his practice includes the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent,
trademark and copyright applications. Jack counsels clients in numerous industries and technologies, including
nanotechnology and aerospace. His nanotechnology clients include universities, research facilities, start-up ventures
and established businesses in such fields as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, electronics, and air & space technology.
Jack's honors and awards include being ranked a leading lawyer in his field by The Best Lawyers in America®; North
Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Legal Elite.
NextGen Air Transportation Consortium Director
North Carolina State University
Talk Title: "Unmanned Aircraft: Making Aviation an Every Day Thing."
Speaker Biography: In 2012 Kyle returned home to North Carolina to lead the development of an
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Ecosystem as part of an effort to transition the state to a modern air transportation system.
In the role as the NGAT Consortium Director at NC State University, Kyle is reaching across North Carolina to connect
researchers and educators with industry and government offices that are preparing for future aviation capabilities. Kyle has
spent his entire career researching, developing, testing, educating, and advocating for new aerospace and aviation technologies.
Having seen the initial Space Shuttle launches from his backyard as kid, to standing on the flight line for a couple of the last
SR-71 flights at NASA Dryden, to being a driving force in the domestic integration of UAS for civil and commercial operations,
Kyle continues to be inspired by the science of flight and seeks to share those moments with those around him (especially his
wife and young son!).
Prof. Oliver Brand is a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and the Executive Director of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He received his diploma degree in Physics from Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany in 1990 and his Ph.D. degree
from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute
of Technology. From 1997 to 2002, he was a lecturer at ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland and deputy director of the
Physical Electronics Laboratory (PEL). He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2003. Dr. Brand has co-authored more
than 200 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are in the areas of
integrated microsystems, microsensors, MEMS fabrication technologies, and microsystem packaging. Since 2016, he
serves as the Director of the Coordinating Office of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
Nearly two decades of hands-on experience overseeing Manufacturing Operations
for companies such as IBM and Philips Semiconductors combined with advanced degrees in the fields of Physical Chemistry from Harvard
University (PhD) and Business Management from Boston University (MBA) and a portfolio of 55 US patents and over 100 Pending Applications
give Dr. Flitsch a unique perspective on high technology R&D and manufacturing.
In 2004, he foresaw a large void in the industry's economic ability to perform small volume activities. Believing that void threatened
improvement for entire industries, Dr. Flitsch saw the need for a novel solution. While helping to shape programs and facilities for
both small technology based companies with innovative products and one of the largest and most advanced manufacturing companies in the world,
he methodically refined the theories that lie at the foundation of his vision for the future. Several years and over a dozen Futrfab
related patents later he has launched the startup technology company that will serve as the springboard for his unique fabrication solution; Futrfab, Inc.
DPS Consulting, Inc.
Talk Title: "Technology Profiling and Assessment for Successful Strategic Asset Planning."
Mr. Vickers has vast experience in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and other
high technology industries, and has been involved from the owner’s and contractor's side. He has been responsible for
the strategic planning, project delivery and start-up oversight of various specialty and regulated operations around
the United States, Europe, and India. He has been involved in planning and managing projects and resources for 27
years. He has a Master’s in Business Administration - Butler University, IN, and a BS in Engineering, Purdue, IN.
Co-inventor for patent pending, "Bioreactor for growing biological materials supported on a liquid surface”,
App. No. 60/474, 479, filed May 30, 2003.
Sandeep Davé is the Chief Business Officer for AM Technical Solutions. Mr. Davé
has over 29 years of experience primarily in Semiconductors and Photonics, and most recently in Medical Devices. He
has held numerous leadership positions for Hughes Optical Systems, MiCRUS, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Philips Semiconductors and Philips Healthcare.
In semiconductors, his leadership positions include serving as the General Manager at NXP Semiconductors of a fabrication
facility focused on analog mixed signal semiconductor technologies, and as the VP of Operations at GLOBALFOUNDRIES covering
all aspects of manufacturing, process integration, test and yield engineering.
Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years at Perkin-Elmer/Hughes Optical Systems working on the manufacturing and research
and development of optical coatings and optics fabrication. Prior to his current role, Mr. Davé served as VP Operations
at Philips Healthcare leading the operations team through remediation.
AM Technical Solutions specializes in construction management, project management, and facility solutions for the high tech markets.
Our market focus is targeted in semiconductor, life sciences, pharmaceutical, data centers, solar, aerospace, research, university,
and other high technology facilities. We have successfully managed over $20 billion of global capital projects , cleanroom construction
builds and facility expansions for over 170 different customers in 15 different countries.
Associate Director GxP Training
Talk Title: "An Overview of NC Works, And Insights Into The Acquisition,
Training, And Development of Employees for Advanced Manufacturing Careers."
Martha (Marti) Matthews has over 20 years of advanced manufacturing workforce development experience to
her position as Chair of the Industrial Engagement Committee of the NC Works Commission. Leveraging her deep understanding of the
human factors influencing high technology advanced manufacturing Marti has developed and implemented numerous intra and extramural curricula.
Joseph (Joe) Ruiz, Ph.D.
Senior Grants Specialist
Eva Garland Consulting
Talk Title: "Federal grant opportunities and changes in the overall environment for funding."
Dr. Joseph Ruiz has over 25 years experience as an investigator in academia and industry in
embryonic and adult stem cell biology, genome engineering, hepatic cell biology, cell transplantation, and histotechnology.
He has served as a reviewer for NIH SBIR/STTR applications and currently chairs a Scientific Review Group. Dr. Ruiz’s
background of holding positions in both academia and the biotech industry has given him a unique perspective on the importance
of developing a comprehensive research plan while also driving research toward clinical or commercial applications. He has
held faculty positions at the Indiana School of Medicine and at the Wistar Institute, and has experience directing scientific
development at several biotech startup companies. He completed post-doctoral work at Columbia University and at Harvard University.
Education: B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State; Ph.D. in from University of California, San Diego
Karshak Kosaraju, PhD, serves a Toxicologist for ITG Brands, LLC. He holds a BS in Pharmacy, a MS
in Chemistry and PhD in Nanoscience. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and presented at
various prestigious conferences nationwide on nanomaterial properties-considerations for toxicological evaluation of
nanomaterials and development of methods to quantify adverse effects of nanomaterials. As a recent graduate of the Joint
School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Dr. Kosaraju started his industrial career at ITG Brands as a Toxicologist where
his primary responsibilities lie in Product Stewardship.