MARIE D’IORIO is a senior strategy advisor with the Office of the Vice President Research at the University of Ottawa and is President of NanoCanada. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she led the National Institute for Nanotechnology (2011-2016) and the Institute for Microstructural Sciences (2003-2011) at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Dr. D’Iorio obtained a Masters and a Doctorate degree in Solid State Physics from the University of Toronto. After a post-doctoral Fellowship at IBM Zurich Research Laboratories, she joined the NRC, where she established Canada’s first very low temperature, high magnetic field laboratory to study quantum semiconductor devices and later led one of Canada’s first research programs on organic light emitting devices. In 2015 she launched NanoCanada, to connect the nanotechnology community across the country and to facilitate partnerships and collaborations between academia, industry and government linking facilities and expertise to support the translation of scientific breakthroughs to the marketplace. She has served as President of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada and President of the Canadian Association of Physicists.
TRAVIS EARLES is the emerging technology business leader and bridge builder at Lockheed Martin.
Mr. Earles leads and coordinates Lockheed Martin’s advanced materials and nanotechnology initiatives across the corporation. Lockheed Martin is a global leader in security and aerospace principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Previously, Mr. Earles served for four years as Assistant Director for Nanotechnology in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, where he was responsible for oversight and coordination of the $1.8 billion U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. In addition to his emerging technology strategy and policy leadership, Earles has broad experience in biomedical nanotechnology development, having helped to launch the $144 million Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer in 2005 while at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. His formal training is in biomedical engineering, and he holds a master’s degree in technology management as well as an MBA.
Graham R. Fleming
GRAHAM FLEMING [NAS] is the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley). Through high level positions at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), he has been involved in the formation and operation of multiple major initiatives. These include the $500M British Petroleum (BP)-funded Energy Biosciences Institute, the California Institute for Quantitative Bioscience, and the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. Born in Barrow, England in 1949, Fleming earned his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Bristol in 1971 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of London in 1974. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1979. There, he rose through the academic ranks to become the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor, a post he held for ten years, starting in 1987. At University of Chicago, he also served for three years as the Chair of the Chemistry Department. In that role, he led the creation of University of Chicago’s first new research institute in more than 50 years, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. In 1997, he came to University of California Berkeley as a professor of chemistry, and he started and directed a new division of physical biosciences for Berkeley Laboratory. Throughout his administrative career, Fleming has remained a highly active and successful scientific researcher. He has authored or co-authored more than 444 publications, and is widely considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on ultrafast processes. His ultimate goal is to develop artificial photosynthesis that would provide humanity with clean, efficient and sustainable energy. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy.
TERI ODOM is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on controlling materials at the 100-nanometer scale and investigating their size- and shape-dependent properties. Odom has developed massively parallel, multi-scale nanopatterning tools to generate noble metal structures that can manipulate visible light at the nanoscale. In addition, Odom has designed a platform to investigate hierarchical, anisotropic materials and to exploit their properties in biomedical applications. One such system is pyramidal nanoparticles, which are 3D in structure and are being tested in biological imaging and cancer therapeutic applications. Odom has received numerous honors and awards, including a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University; an Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health; the Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award; the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon and the American Chemical Society; the Rohm and Haas New Faculty Award; an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship; a DuPont Young Investigator Grant; a National Science Foundation CAREER Award; a Dow Teacher-Scholar Award; the ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship; and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Odom was also the first Chair of the Noble Metal Nanoparticles Gordon Research Conference, whose inaugural meeting was in 2010.
RICARDO RUIZ is a research technologist at Western Digital Corp. His research interests span alternative nanofabrication techniques for storage and memory devices, block copolymer lithography, and colloidal self-assembly. From 2013 to 2016 he managed a Nanopatterning and Self Assembly group at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) dedicated to block copolymer and colloidal lithography. Prior to that, he was a research staff member at HGST, where he helped to introduce block copolymer lithography for magnetic bit-patterned media technology. Before joining HGST, he was a postdoctoral scientist at IBM T.J. Watson. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 2003. He has co-authored over 50 publications and holds 35 US Patents. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and was the recipient of the 2016 ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Young Investigator Award.
Jo Ann Shatkin
JO ANNE SHATKIN is the president and founder of Vireo Advisors. She founded Vireo Advisors in 2013 to provide guidance and leadership– raising the bar on sustainability in innovation. She collaborates with organizations on environmental aspects of new product development and on commercialization of technologies for environmental applications. Dr. Shatkin brings nearly 20 years of expertise in environmental leadership, stakeholder engagement, health and environmental risk analysis, sustainability science, nanotechnology, and life cycle impacts of materials in the environment. Jo Anne brings extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs to guide responsible product development and commercialization. As CEO of CLF Ventures, she worked with early-stage and large organizations on new technology introduction strategies, including business planning, environmental impact assessment, and networking for financing. Dr. Shatkin is an environmental health scientist and recognized expert in environmental science and policy, human health risk assessment, emerging contaminants policy and environmental aspects of nanotechnology. She combines her business acumen and technical expertise into strategies for sustainable innovation. Since 2005, Dr. Shatkin has provided leadership on the responsible development of nanotechnology and on approaches for decision making under uncertainty. She serves on several international committees addressing cutting-edge science policy issues and standardization for emerging nanoscale materials. She also teaches courses, has published papers and book chapters on topics of environmental health and safety, and is working to advance life cycle approaches to risk analysis for nanotechnology, including for product design and development. Dr. Shatkin is author of Nanotechnology Health and Environmental Risks Second Edition (CRC Press 2012). She received an Individually Designed Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science and Policy and her MA in Risk Management and Technology Assessment from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic University in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
Dr. Shatkin has extensive experience in risk assessment, from working on complex mixtures on hazardous waste sites, to bioavailability and dermal exposure research. At CLF Ventures, she translated that work to business risk assessment and management, working with investors, energy and new material technology companies and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs. She works on innovations in intersection of science, policy and communication.
MARK TUOMINEN is a professor of physics at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he performs research in experimental condensed matter physics and nanotechnology, including research in the manufacturing and physics of materials and devices with nanoscale features. Nanomanufacturing science addresses the challenge of fabricating nanoscale structures by convenient methods suitable for integration into systems. One important example is directed self-assembly using diblock copolymer template patterning in combination with complementary techniques. Recent fundamental physics research includes electronic transport through bacterial pili and biofilms, microbial fuel cells, ultrahigh-density magnetic arrays, domain-wall motion in ferromagnetic nanorings, proton transport in materials for fuel cells, superconducting single-electron devices and charge shuttling phenomena. Strategic cooperative activities include nanomanufacturing, informatics for science, and integrated nanosystems. His work helps to advance the science and applications of nanoscale charge transport, magnetism, bioelectronics, superconductivity, self-assembly, and nanomanufacturing. He was instrumental in establishing the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing and the National Nanomanufacturing Network. Dr. Tuominen’s educational innovations are in the areas of research learning and professional development. He received a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota and was a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University.