Opening Session and Keynote
Powering the Future: New Energy Opportunities
Materials Science and Engineering
Monday, October 26 • 8:30-10:30 a.m. • David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Dr. Jeff Wadsworth, CEO and President, Battelle Memorial Institute
Steven Koonin, Undersecretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy
Join us for a fascinating opening session on one of the most important areas of opportunity in materials today-energy. ASM/TMS Distinguished Lecturer in Materials and Society Jeff Wadsworth, CEO and President, Battelle, will open the session with his lecture, “Forging the Solution to the Energy Challenge: The Role of Materials Science and Materials Scientists.” Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest nonprofit Research and Development Organization, executes about $5B of work annually and employs about 21,000 people.
Steven Koonin will deliver the second keynote address. Koonin was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama as the Undersecretary for Science for the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Koonin has served as chief scientist of BP, the world’s second largest independent oil company, since 2004. BP refines and markets petroleum products in more than 100 countries and serves more than 13 million customers each day. Koonin’s lecture will be “Addressing America’s Energy Challenges.” Following both keynote addresses, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a distinguished panel of materials experts on the implications of emerging energy opportunities for the materials science & engineering community. Specific areas of focus will include energy storage/batteries, nuclear, solar, and wind technologies.
Al Romig (Moderator), EVP, Deputy Laboratories Director, & COO, Sandia National Laboratory
Yet-Ming Chiang (Batteries), Kyocera Professor of Ceramics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gregory J. Hildeman (Solar), VP of Engineering, Solar Power Industries
Ray Kenard (Wind), President, American Wind Power & Hydrogen
John Marra (Nuclear), Associate Laboratory Director, Savannah River National Lab
Make your plans to participate in this exciting materials conference with outstanding ceramic materials programming.
This year’s conference will draw attendance from more than 72
countries and will attract the best and brightest minds in the
materials community. The MS&T’09 Opening Session is centered around
energy-focusing on policies, new technologies and funding opportunities
related to materials science and engineering. We look forward to seeing
you in Pittsburgh in October at what promises to be the premier
materials event of the year.
Dr. Jeff Wadworth holds B.S., Ph.D., and D. Met. Degrees in Metallurgy. In 1987, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, and in 2000, a Fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “Distinguished contributions in developing advanced materials and superplasticity, and in determining the history and origins of Damascus and other steels, and for broad scientific leadership supporting national security.” He has authored or co-authored 260 scientific papers on a wide range of science and technology topics, holds four patents, and is the co-author of the book Superplasticity in Metals and Ceramics, published by Cambridge Press.
Steven Koonin has served as chief scientist of BP, the world’s second largest independent oil company, since 2004. BP refines and markets petroleum products in more than 100 countries and serves more than 13 million customers each day. As chief scientist, Koonin is responsible for BP’s long-range technology plans and activities, particularly those “beyond petroleum.” He also has purview over BP’s major university research programs around the world and provides technical advice to the company’s senior executives. In 1975, he joined the faculty of Caltech, became a full professor in 1981, and served as Provost from 1995 to 2004. Koonin is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy and its various national laboratories. His research interests have included theoretical nuclear, many-body, and computational physics, nuclear astrophysics, and global environmental science. Koonin received his B.S. in physics at Caltech and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from M.I.T.