Speakers

Rashid Bashir

Rashid Bashir

Rashid Bashir is Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, Professor of Bioengineering, and Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (07/2017 – present) at UIUC. Previously, he was the Able Bliss Professor of Engineering, Head of Department of Bioengineering (07/2013 – 06/2017), Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (a campus-wide clean room research facility) (10/2007 – 06/2013), and Co-Director of the campus-wide Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (10/2010 – 06/2013), a “collaboratory” aimed at facilitating center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. Prior to joining UIUC, he was at Purdue University from 1998 – 2007 with faculty appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering. He has authored or co-authored over 220 journal papers, over 200 conference papers and conference abstracts, and over 120 invited talks, and has been granted 44 patents. He was an NSF Faculty Early Career Award winner and is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, BMES, IAMBE, and APS.

His research interests include bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, lab on a chip, interfacing of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solving biomedical problems. He has been involved in 3 startups that have licensed his technologies.

In addition to leading his own research group, he was the PI on an NSF IGERT on Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology and was PI on an NIH Training Grant on Cancer Nanotechnology. He is co-PI on a recently funded National Research Traineeship (NRT) from NSF. He is also Associate Director and UIUC lead on an NSF Science and Technology Center on Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (with MIT, GT, and other partners).

Scott Corwin

Scott Corwin

Corwin, a managing director with Deloitte Consulting LLP, works closely with leaders across a wide range of industries to successfully develop and implement strategy-based transformations, specifically around globalization, advanced R&D/technology innovation, and new business models, among others. He also leads Deloitte’s Future of Mobility initiative that aims to systematically explore different scenarios about the potential evolution of the extended automotive, transportation, and mobility ecosystem.

Ted Johnson

Ted Johnson

Dr. Ted Johnson is the Defense and National Security research manager with Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights within Deloitte Services LP. He is a retired Commander in the United States Navy where he primarily focused on cyber policy and signals intelligence. During the course of Ted's military career, he was a speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a White House Fellow, a military professor at the Naval War College, and an aide-de-camp to the Director of the National Security Agency. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hampton University and Harvard University, respectively, and a Doctorate of Law and Policy from Northeastern University.

Sanjay Padhi

Sanjay Padhi

Dr. Sanjay Padhi leads the AWS Research Initiatives including AWS's federal initiatives with the National Science Foundation. Dr. Padhi has more than 15 years of experience in large-scale distributed computing, Data Analytics and Machine Learning. He is the co-creator of the Workload Management System, currently used for all the data processing and simulations activities by CMS, one of the largest experiments in the world at CERN, consisting of more than 180 institutions across 40 countries. He also co-founded the ZEUS Computing Grid project at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany before joining CERN. Sanjay obtained his Ph.D from McGill University in High Energy Physics and is also currently appointed by the Dean of Faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Brown University.

Karen Plaut

Karen Plaut

Karen Plaut was appointed Interim Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture in July 2017. As dean she is responsible for administering academic programs in the College of Agriculture, the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and a number of state regulatory services, including the State Chemist’s Office and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Before that appointment, she had served as the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs and Director of Agricultural Research in the College.

Plaut received her B.S. in animal science from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in animal nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University. Her postdoctoral studies were completed at the National Cancer Institute at NIH. Before coming to Purdue she was a member of the faculty at the University of Vermont and Michigan State University, serving as Chair of Department of Animal Sciences at both institutions. She also spent a couple of years working with NASA as Lead Scientist for the International Space Station.

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