Speakers and Presenters

Keynote Speakers

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Rita R. Colwell

Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health | President and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc | 11th Director of the National Science Foundation

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Neal F. Lane

Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the Baker Institute | Malcolm Gillis University Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus at Rice University | 10th Director of the National Science Foundation

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Gavin McIntyre

Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Ecovative Design

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C. Daniel Mote, Jr.

President, National Academy of Engineering

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Sanjay Padhi

Principal, Amazon Web Services' Global Scientific Computing Team

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Terence Sobolewski

Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, National Grid US

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Brian Storey

Toyota Research Institute's Accelerated Scientific Discovery Program and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olin College

Moderators and Panelists

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Robert W. Corell

Principal, Global Environment Technology Foundation

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Frank Ernst, PhD

Leonard Case Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

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Liesl Folks, PhD, MBA

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Electrical Engineering, University at Buffalo

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Venu Govindaraju, PhD

Vice President for Research and Economic Development and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo

Graham Hammill, PhD

Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, University at Buffalo

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William C. Harris, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Science Foundation Arizona

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Quanxi Jia, PhD

Empire Innovation Professor and National Grid Professor, Department of Materials Design and Innovation, University at Buffalo, and Scientific Director, New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

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Omar Khan

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, and Co-leader, Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Community of Excellence, University at Buffalo

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Eaton (Ed) Lattman, PhD

Professor, Department of Materials Design and Innovation, Professor, Department of Structural Biology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Director, BioXFEL, University at Buffalo, and Principal Research Scientist, Hauptman-Woodward Institute

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Kemper Lewis, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Director, Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Community of Excellence, University at Buffalo

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D. Scott Mackey, PhD

Professor, Department of Geography and Associate Dean of Graduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo

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Balaji Narasimham, PhD

Vlasta Klima Balloun Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University

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Abani K. Patra, PhD

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

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E. Bruce Pitman, PhD

Professor, Department of Materials Design and Innovation, University at Buffalo

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Paras N. Prasad, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering, and Executive Director, Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo

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Alan Rabideau, PhD, PE

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo

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Krishna Rajan, ScD

Erich Bloch Chair and Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Materials Design and Innovation, University at Buffalo

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Pavani Ram, MD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Co-director, Community of Excellence on Global Health Equity, University at Buffalo

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Ramamurthy Ramprasad, PhD

Centennial Term Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut

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Mark Rossi, PhD

Executive Director, Clean Production Action

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Robin Schulze, PhD

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English, University at Buffalo

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Sadasivan Shankar, PhD

Margaret and Will Hearst Visiting Lecturer in Computational Science and Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

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Mark Swihart, PhD

UB Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Executive Director, New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

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Satish K. Tripathi, PhD

President, University at Buffalo

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Grace Wang, PhD

Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, State University of New York (SUNY)

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Olga Wodo, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Design and Innovation, University at Buffalo

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Charles F. Zukoski, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University at Buffalo