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Phaedon Avouris
IBM Fellow and manager of Nanometer Scale Science and Technology, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Dr. Avouris has published over 300 scientific papers. He has been Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics of the U.K., the Academy of Athens, the IBM Academy of Technology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Vacuum Society and the New York Academy of Sciences.

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Daniel C. Coy
Director of Engineering, Nanophase Technology Corporation

Dan Coy received his B.S. degree summa cum laude in 1986 from the Iowa State University Chemical Engineering Department. After two years with Procter & Gamble as a Process Engineer, he returned to Iowa State University to pursue a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering. His dissertation, Visualization of Fundamental Thermodynamic Surfaces using Advanced Computer Graphics, comprises an extensive set of visualizations of the fundamental energy and equation-of-state surfaces originally postulated by J. Willard Gibbs. The work is showcased at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~jolls/ and helped guide the U.S. Post Office in designing a stamp commemorating Gibbs in 2005. Dan was an Amoco Doctoral Research Fellow and received the ISU Research Achievement Award for this work. Dan was also presented with the Iowa State University College of Engineering Professional Progress in Engineering Award in 2004.

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Peter Cummings
John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University and Director, Nanomaterials Theory Institute, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Professor Cummings is internationally renowned for his research on computational molecular approaches to predicting physical properties in systems of fundamental and industrial interest, such as nanostructured materials, supercritical aqueous solutions, alkane fluids, polymer solutions and lubricants. He is the author of over 250 refereed publications and a frequent invited or plenary speaker at international conferences.

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Gregory J. Downing
Director, Office of Technology and Industrial Relations
Office of the Director, National Cancer Institute

Dr. Downing is Director of the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations (OTIR) in the Office of the Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health. In this role, he facilitates the collaboration among Federal, academic, and private biomedical research sectors to support technology development that will yield innovative diagnostic, detection, and targeted treatment strategies for cancer. Through the OTIR, he supervises the administration of grants and contracts for programs in nanotechnology, biosensors, therapeutic delivery systems, and new technology platforms and imaging systems. He currently serves on several committees, including the NCI-FDA Interagency Oncology Task Force and the Biomedical Information Science and Technology Consortium.

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David Guston
Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
Professor, Political Science

Professor Guston is Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. CNS-ASU is a National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center dedicated to studying the societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering research and improving the societal outcomes of nanotechnologies through enhancing the societal capacity to understand and make informed choices.

Professor Guston’s book, Between Politics and Science: Assuring the Integrity and Productivity of Research (Cambridge U. Press, 2000) was awarded the 2002 Don K. Price Prize by the American Political Science Association for best book in science and technology policy. He has also co-authored Informed Legislatures: Coping with Science in a Democracy (with Megan Jones and Lewis M. Branscomb, University Press of America, 1996) and co-edited The Fragile Contract: University Science and the Federal Government (with Ken Keniston, MIT Press, 1994). Shaping the Next Generation of Science and Technology Policy, co-edited with CSPO director Daniel Sarewitz, will be published in autumn 2006 by University of Wisconsin Press.

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R. Fabian Pease
William Ayer Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

B.A. Natural Sciences Cambridge University, 1960
MA, PhD Electrical Engineering, Cambridge University, 1964

Research interests:
Micro- and nano-fabrication, nano-device engineering, electron- and ion-optics and non- conventional lithography for manufacturing,

Honors and Awards:
Title A (prize) Fellowship, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1963, IEEE Paul Rappaport Award (with David Tuckerman) 1981,
Richard P. Feynman prize for nanofabrication (with T. H. Newman) 1985, National Academy of Engineering, 1997, IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award, 2001.

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Mihail C. Roco
Senior Advisor, Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation

Dr. Roco is credited with 13 inventions. He has authored/co-authored numerous archival articles and twelve books including "Particulate Two-phase Flow" (Butterworth, 1993), "Nanostructure Science and Technology" (Kluwer Acad., 1999), “Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” (Kluwer Acad., 2001), “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance” (Kluwer Acad., 2003) and “The Coevolution of Human Potential and Converging Technologies” (N.Y. Acad. of Sciences, 2004). Dr. Roco was a researcher in multiphase systems, visualization techniques, computer simulations, nanoparticles and nanosystems in 1980s as Professor, and in 1991 initiated the first Federal Government program with focused on nanoscale science and engineering (on Synthesis and Processing of Nanoparticles at NSF).

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George M. Scalise
President, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)

Scalise came to the SIA from Apple Computer, where he served as executive vice president of operations. Prior to that, he held executive management positions at National Semiconductor, Maxtor Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor.

A graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Scalise is a highly respected technology industry spokesperson and carries a special interest and expertise in technology, international trade, and competition issues. He was a founding member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, an industry-funded organization that provides resources for pre-competitive semiconductor research at American universities.

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Vivian Weil
Director, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and Professor of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Weil concentrates on ethical issues and questions of responsibility in engineering and science. Her publications include overviews of and specific topics in engineering ethics and scientific research ethics. Among specific topics are dissemination and sharing of scientific and technical information, intellectual property, contracting in engineering and science, university/industry research relationships, ethics in engineering education, mentoring, whistle-blowing, and emerging technologies. The latter include nuclear energy, information technologies, biotechnology, and currently a concentration on nanoscience and technology. She made presentations on ethics in two NSF Conferences on Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, September, 2000, December 2003, and in the meeting to launch NSF’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network call for proposals, January, 2003.

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Josh Wolfe
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital

Josh was a Westinghouse semi-finalist at 15 and conducted and published cutting edge HIV/AIDS and immunopathology research. He has been published in Nature Biotechnology, Cell Vision and The Journal of Leukocyte Biology, leading medical/immunology journals. Josh graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance.

Josh is a contributor or acknowledged in published books including: "Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea"; Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat; "The Next Big Thing Is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business; "Secrets of Angels & Demons: Atom vs. Adam"; "Quantum Investing : Quantum Physics, Nanotechnology, and the Future of the Stock Market"

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