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ICC4 Nanostructured Ceramics Speakers

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics

Sudipta Seal

Sudipta Seal, Director, UCF Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center, Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida


Biography: Seal (University Distinguished Professor) joined the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) and Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) at the University of Central Florida in Fall of 1997. He is the Director of UCF Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center, Nanoscience Technology Center. He is the recipient of the 2002: Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR-YIP), He is a Fellow of American Society of Materials (FASM) and Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science. He has more than 270 journal papers, 67 conference proceedings paper (refereed), 11 book chapters, 11 Edited conference proceedings volume and 3 books on nanotechnology (including one on Nanoscience and Technology Education), 26 issued patents, technology formed 2 companies (nSolGel and NTiOx and NanoCe LLC) and h index > 31.



Lynnette Madsen

Lynnette Madsen, Program Director, Ceramics, National Science Foundation


Biography: Madsen joined NSF in 2000. In addition to recommending the distribution of Ceramics Program budget annually (~$11M), she conducts independent research and serves as a program representative for nanomanufacturing, cultural heritage science, and interactions with NIST. Previously she led new co-operative activities with European researchers and was involved with energy, education, and diversity issues. Before working at NSF, she held a faculty position at Linköping University in Sweden where she was promoted to Docent (Associate Professor), and prior to that she spent a decade working in industry at Nortel Networks in Canada. To date she has written over 40 refereed journal publications, been awarded 2 patents, and delivered more than 75 invited scientific or professional talks. Her successes have been recognized with NSF Director Awards in 2007 and 2008 and she serves as an advisory board member for the Rosalind Franklin Society. Her qualifications include a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, an M.Eng. in Electronics from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from McMaster University. At ICC4, she is the organizer of the Workforce Development track.



Kathleen K. Eggleson

Kathleen K. Eggleson, Research Scientist, Center for Nano Science and Technology, University of Notre Dame


Biography: Her work in the field of nanotechnology and society began as Associate Director of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. She served as chairperson of the organizing committee for Toward Regulation of Nanomaterials: A conversation between academia, industry, law, and government, a major conference held at the University of Notre Dame in May 2010. Eggleson’s current projects involve the investigation of ethical, legal, and social implications and EHS issues surrounding antimicrobial uses of metal nanoparticles as well as biological effects of SiO2 nanoparticles on the cellular and molecular levels. Her recent work with NDnano includes the origination and facilitation of Nano Impacts, an intellectual community at Notre Dame whose membership includes representatives of the Colleges of Engineering, Science, Arts & Letters, and Business in addition to the Law School, multiple research institutes, Barnes & Thornburg law firm, and the business incubator Innovation Park. This diverse group explores the full range of impacts that new and emerging nanotechnology-enabled applications will have-on public health, occupational safety, biodiversity, and the earth. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis from Washington University in Saint Louis. Her undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral research investigated various aspects of the protozoan parasite that causes malaria.



Lang Tran

Lang Tran, Principal Toxicologist, Institute of Occupational Medicine


Biography: Tran has worked for many years in the field of regulatory toxicology for particles and fibres. He has published extensively in Nanotoxicology. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Nanotoxicology Journal and the coordinator of the FP7 research programme ENPRA and MARINA dedicated to Nanosafety issues.




Jeffrey Fagan, Project Leader, Polymers Division, NIST


Biography: Fagan is the project leader for single-wall carbon nanotubes research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As part of the complex fluids group in the Polymers division of NIST, he has active interests in the separation and characterization of carbon nanotubes, measurements of the interfaces of, and interactions between, dispersed nano and micron scale particles in liquids, and in the structure-property effects of corona structure in dispersed nanoparticle systems. Current activities include a focus on the separation and characterization of single-wall carbon nanotubes and characterization via analytical ultracentrifugation. Fagan earned his BS degree in chemical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland in 2000, and his PhD in chemical engineering in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2000, Fagan is the author or coauthor of 40+ peer reviewed publications and one submitted patent in the areas of colloids and nanoscience. He has won multiple awards for his work, including a National Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in 2005, and a NIST Bronze Medal in 2009. Recently he was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).


Charles L. Geraci, Coordinator, NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center


Biography: Geraci has 35 years of Industrial Hygiene practice experience that has included the federal government, consulting, and private industry. Dr. Geraci earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Michigan State University. He is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in both the Comprehensive Practice and the Chemical Aspects of Industrial Hygiene and is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Dr. Geraci provides overall coordination and strategic guidance to the nanotechnology research program at NIOSH. He represents NIOSH on several NNI committees and collaborates internationally with other country programs on various aspects of nanotechnology workplace safety and health. He has authored or co-authored many of the papers that have helped set the direction for proactive thinking in nanotechnology safety and health.



Angela Hight Walker, Physical Measurements Laboratory, NIST


Biography: Hight Walker came to NIST in 1994 as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and was hired as a staff member immediately after. Her research focuses on understanding the underlying chemistry and physics of nanomaterials, including noble and transition metallic nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, and graphene. While the tool of choice is Raman spectroscopy, she uses a suite of measurement methods to characterize the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials that enable key applications, such as medicine and energy, as well as predict their impact on the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Angela is actively involved in standard activities regarding nanotechnology. Under ISO/TC 229, she chairs the US Technical Advisory Group for Working Group 2: Measurement and Characterization, and participates in OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials.


Don Ewert

Don Ewert, Vice President, Field Services, nanoTox, Inc.


Biography: For over 30 years, Ewert has been a practicing Industrial Hygienist. In his current role, he applies the vast industrial hygiene and environmental experience he’s gained to support the development of Occupational Health Programs for a wide range of nanotechnology concerns. He began his career with Radiation Safety at North Dakota’s largest radioisotope laboratory. During his tenure with NDSU, he completed his BS in Chemistry and worked towards an MS in Business Administration along with a PhD in Biochemistry. In 1985, he 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 professionals working from 5 offices nationwide. Following years as an expert witness in forensic toxicology, he accepted a position as Research Scholar in the Center for Environmental Toxicology & Technology at Colorado State University. Next, he worked with the Fort Peck Tribes of Northeastern Montana where he led the tribal nation toward satisfaction of a major consent decree. He then returned to Colorado where he served as the EH&S Manager for NanoProducts Corporation. He moved to OsoBio next, where he oversaw global EH&S management of FDA-cGMP Risk Management Programs while also administering Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology services within the companies highly potent compounds group.


Zhong Lin (Z.L.) Wang

Zhong Lin (Z.L.) Wang, Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, Regents’ Professor, Engineering Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Nanostructure Characterization, at Georgia Tech


Biography: Wang received his PhD from Arizona State University in transmission electron microscopy. His research on self-powered nanosystems has inspired the worldwide effort in academia and industry for studying energy for micro-nano-systems, which is now a distinct disciplinary in energy research and future sensor networks. He coined and pioneered the field of piezotronics and piezo-phototronics by introducing piezoelectric potential gated charge transport process in fabricating new electronic and optoelectronic devices. His publications have been cited for over 48,000 times. Wang was elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009, member of European Academy of Sciences in 2002, fellow of American Physical Society in 2005, fellow of AAAS in 2006, fellow of Materials Research Society in 2008, fellow of Microscopy Society of America in 2010, and fellow of the World Innovation Foundation in 2002. He is an honorable professor of over 10 universities in China and Europe. He received 2011 MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society, 1999 Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America, 2001 S.T. Li prize for Outstanding Contribution in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the 2009 Purdy Award from American Ceramic Society.


Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy, Deputy Vice President of Research and Development, Saint-Gobain


Biography: Hardy has been Deputy Vice President of Research and Development for Compagnie de Saint Gobain based in Paris, France since October, 2010. She joined Saint-Gobain in 1992 as a Research Engineer in the Northboro Research and Development Center of Saint-Gobain in Massachusetts. She has held various positions within the Saint-Gobain R&D organization working with a range of materials and processes including ceramics, polymers and construction products. Hardy has a PhD in Material Science from MIT. In addition, she has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah.


Masaya Kawasumi

Masaya Kawasumi, General Manager, Strategic Planning Office, Toyota Central Research & Development Labs Inc.


Biography: Kawasumi was born in Aichi, Japan in 1960. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Agriculture from Nagoya University in 1983 and 1985, respectively. He joined Toyota Cetral R&D Labs. as a polymer chemist for automobile in 1985. He received his Ph.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, U.S.A. under the supervision of Professor Virgil Percec, in 1992. He is one of the pioneers in the field of nanocomposite materials based on polymers and layered clay minerals. Recently, he has been researching in the field of fuel cells, batteries, and their related materials including proton conductive mesoporous silica membranes for fuel cells. He received the outstanding technology award from The Society of Silicon Chemistry, Japan in 2007, and The Society of Polymer Science, Japan award for outstanding achievement in Polymer Science and Technology in 2008.

Jiaxing Huang, Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing, Northwestern University


Biography: Huang is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing at Northwestern University. He received a BS in Chemical Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2000, a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2004, and became a Miller Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Northwestern in 2007. His main research interest is in the general area of material chemistry and processing. Some of the examples include 2D soft materials, organic nanocrystals and metal nanostructures. He is also interested the application of these materials in energy conversion and storage, as well as using them as a platform for materials education. He is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and the NSF CAREER Award.



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