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SES2016: Banquet plenary speaker announced

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Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mihail C. Roco of National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Initiative will be the SES2016 banquet plenary speaker. 

Nanotechnology and Other Grand Challenges in the United States

Mihail C. Roco

National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Initiative

Abstract: The presentation will outline key grand challenges in the United States driven by nanotechnology and its convergence with other foundational emerging technologies.  A long-term vision for nanotechnology development was formulated in 1999-2000 that has promised to create basic understanding and a general purpose technology in 20-30 years (  Several trends in foundational (nano-, bio-, digital- and cognitive) and spin-off areas (such as metamaterials, plasmonics, and DNA editing) will be discussed.  A perspective of the current national S&T initiatives will be outlined, including National Nanotechnology Initiative, National Strategic Computing Initiative, and BRAIN research.  Two new activities in 2016 are the nanotechnology signature initiative on water and the grand challenge on brain-like computing. We expected that the world would have $1 trillion worth of products that incorporate nanotechnology by 2015, and we reached that mark in 2013 according to industry surveys.  By extending the S-development curve factual data of the last decade, the revenues from nanotechnology-based economy are estimated to exceed 10% of GDP by 2025 in the U.S. and several other developed countries.  Convergence offers a new universe of discovery, innovation, and application opportunities through specific theories, principles, and methods (www. and grand challenges are mechanisms to facilitate faster scientific progress and implementation in the economy. 

Bio: Dr. Roco is the Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation and founding chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET). Prior to joining National Science Foundation, he was professor of mechanical and chemical engineering.   Dr. Roco is credited with thirteen inventions, contributed over two hundred articles and twenty books. He proposed the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) on March 11, 1999, at the White House, and is a key architect of the NNI.   Dr. Roco is Correspondent Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, and Fellow of the ASME, IoPhysics and AIChE.  Dr. Roco is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Nanoparticle Research.  He was awarded the National Materials Advancement Award in 2007 “as the individual most responsible for support and investment in nanotechnology by government, industry, and academia worldwide”, and received the IUMRS “Global Leadership and Service Award” at the EU Parliament in 2015 for "vision and dedicated leadership ...that has made major impact to all citizens around the world."

Location and time: SES2016 banquet reception will take place in the Potomac Ballroom of conference venue (College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center), starting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Look forward to seeing you at College Park, MD in 20 days!


Note that SES2016 early bird registration ends on September 15, 2016. Register today, and enjoy the banquet speech as well as over 800 technical presentations in 53 focal symposia at SES2016! 

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