Programme


8:00 am – Breakfast
Grand Ballroom AD

9:00 am- Keynote VIII – John T. McDevitt, PhD
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Robert Mehalso, MANCEF
Keynote VIII presented by John T. McDevitt, Rice University
Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip Sensors: A Commercial Platform to Digitize Biology

9:30 am- Keynote IX – John E. Richards
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Keynote IX presented by John E. Richards, Google Fiber
You Know Nano, But Do You Know Lean?

10:00 am – Break
Grand Ballroom AD

10:30 am – Track A 5 – Renewable Energy, Harvesting and Solar Technologies
Imperial Ballroom D
Chaired by Hanseup Kim, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, co-chaired by Rajesh Menon, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Benjamin R. Bunes, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Uta
Gregory N. Nielson, Sandia National Laboratories
Shad Roundy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
S.V. Sreenivasan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas

10:30 am – Track C 5 – Innovations & Eco Systems
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by Robert Mehalso, MANCEF, invited speakers are:
Victor A. Chavez, Sandia National Laboratories
Gregory Dillon, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Ralph M. Ford, Penn State at Erie, The Behrend College
Suleiman Kassicieh, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico
David Tolfree, MANCEF

12:30 pm – Lunch with Exhibitors
Grand Ballroom AD
Networking opportunity with exhibitors and poster presenters.

1:30 PM – Keynote X – Keyvan Esfarjani
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Keynote X presented by Keyvan Esfarjani, IM Flash Technologies LLC
Defying the Odds to Become the NAND Industry Leader

2:00 pm – Track A 6 – Tech for Energy
Imperial Ballroom D
Chaired by Eric Eddings, College of Engineering, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Mikhail Skliar, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah
Paul Savage, Arrayware
Trevor Smith, Brigham Young University

2:00 pm – Track B 6 – Integrated Facilities (Infrastructure)
Imperial Ballroom B
Chaired by Volker Saile, MANCEF, invited speakers are:
Amy Bridger, Penn State at Erie, The Behrend College
Tim Dallas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University
Ian R. Harvey, NanoFab, University of Utah
Matthias Pleil, Southwest Center for Microsystems Education
Loren Rieth, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah

2:00 pm – Track C 6 – Materials Translation & Commercialization
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by Regan Stinnett, Sandia National Laboratories, invited speakers are:
AJ Groen, University of Twente
Rainer Harms, University of Twente
Benjamin Rollins, Vaporsens
Robert Tierney, University of Twente

3:45 pm – Break
Grand Ballroom AD

4:00 pm – Closing Remarks
Grand Ballroom AD
Summary of Conference Highlights

5:00 pm – Conference Closes


8:00 am – Breakfast
Grand Ballroom AD

Imperial Ballroom B
Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Ivy Estabrooke, Executive Director, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR)
Thomas N. Parks, Vice President for Research, University of Utah
Margit Janát-Amsbury, Director of Research for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, nanoUtah Chair
Volker Saile, MANCEF President

9:30 am – Keynote I – Klaus-Dieter Lang, PhD
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Keynote I presented by Klaus-Dieter Lang, Faunhofer IZM
Advanced Electronic Systems – From Idea to Product

10:00 am – Keynote II – Janusz Bryzek, PhD
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Steve Walsh, University of New Mexico: Anderson School of Management, Conference Co-Chair
Keynote II presented by Janusz Bryzek, TSensors Summit
Trillion Sensors: Foundation for a Better World

10:40 am – Break and Poster Viewing
Poster Viewing – Imperial Ballroom Reception
Break with Exhibitors – Grand Ballroom AD

10:50 am – Track A 1 – Emerging Tech/Energy
Imperial Ballroom D
Chaired by Ray Quintana, Cottonwood Technology Funds, co-chaired by David Tolfree, MANCEF, invited speakers are:
Nate Bendell, LimeLight Solar
Keith Cole, Water Lens, LLC
Shay Curran, Institute for NanoEnergy (INE)
Ken Jensen, U.S. Synthetic
Robert Sachs, TEAM Technologies Inc.

10:50 am – Track B 1 – Healthcare and Biomedical and Emerging Technology
Imperial Ballroom B
Chaired by Margit Janát-Amsbury, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Dhiman Bhattacharyya, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah
Daniel Bijl, SmartTip Probe Solutions
Joseph Nichols, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Utah
Shawn C. Owen, Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry , University of Utah

10:50 am – Track C 1 – T Sensors
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by Janusz Bryzek, TSensors Summit, invited speakers are:
Robert Giasoli, MANCEF
Robert Haak, Insight InterAsia
Inder Thukral, Boston Analytics
Yorgos Marinakis, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico
Mary Ann Maher, softMEMS

12:30 pm – Lunch, Exhibition & Poster Session
Poster Viewing – Imperial Ballroom Reception
Break with Exhibitors – Grand Ballroom AD
Networking opportunity with exhibitors and poster presenters.

1:30 pm – Track A 2 – Emerging Energy Tech and Global Energy
Imperial Ballroom D
Chaired by Milind Deo, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Michael H. Bartl, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah
Ramiro Jordan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico
Clifford R. Merz, Dialytics Inc.
Bryony Richards-McClung, Energy & GeoScience Institute, University of Utah

1:30 pm – Track B 2 – Healthcare and Biomedical
Imperial Ballroom B
Chaired by Agnes Ostafin, Nano Institute, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Charles Call, CleanSpot, Inc.
Yue Cui, Biological Engineering Department, Utah State University
Nassir Marrouche, CARMA Center, University of Utah
Irina Polejaeva, USTAR Associate Professor, Utah State University
Glenn D. Prestwich, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Utah
Velayudhan Sahadevan, Dag Hammarskjold Cancer Treatment Center

1:30 pm – Track C 2 – Investors / Venture Capital
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by David Blivin, Cottonwood Technology Funds, invited speakers are:
Chris Calder, EPIC Ventures
Marcus Gerhardt, BBI Investment & Consulting, Blackrock Microsystems Inc.
James Smith, Commonwealth Sensor a Technology LLC
Todd Stevens, RenewableTech Ventures

3:30 pm – Break and Poster Viewing
Poster Viewing – Imperial Ballroom Reception
Break with Exhibitors – Grand Ballroom AD

4:00 pm – Keynote III – Fred Lampropoulos
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Keynote III presented by Fred Lampropoulos, Merit Medical Systems
Successful Commercialization of Medical Technology in Utah

4:30 pm – Keynote IV – Neal D. Shinn, PhD
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Regan Stinnett, Sandia National Laboratories
Keynote IV presented by Neal D. Shinn, DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnology
Opportunities for Industrial Research at DOE Nanoscience User Facilities

5:00 pm – Transport to University of Utah
Meet Shuttles at 600 South Port Cochere to Travel to University of Utah Campus

5:30 pm – Tours of Utah Nanofab and other facilities on campus
University of Utah, Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (USTAR)

10:00 pm – Return to Grand America Hotel


8:00 am – Breakfast
Grand Ballroom AD

9:00 am- Opening Remarks
Imperial Ballroom B
Spencer J. Cox, State of Utah Lt. Governor

9:10 am- Keynote V – George Grüner, PhD
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by David Tolfree, MANCEF
Keynote V Presented by George Grüner, UCLA
Translating Materials Research to Products in the 21st Century

9:40 am- Keynote VI – Richard Adams
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Steve Walsh, University of New Mexico: Anderson School of Management, Conference Co-Chair
Keynote VI Presented by Richard Adams, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Working with National Labs

10:20 am – Break and Poster Viewing
Grand Ballroom AD

10:30 am – Track A 3 – University Partners in Commercialization and Innovation
Imperial Ballroom D
Chaired by Bryan K. Ritchie, Technology & Venture Commercialization, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Brian Baker, NanoFab, University of Utah
Sue L. Neuen, Science@OC
Troy D’Ambrosio, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, University of Utah
Robert Ehrmann, Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network at Penn State
Kees Eijkel, University of Twente
Duncan McClure, University of New Mexico

10:30 am – Track B 3 – Biomedical Success Stories from Utah
Imperial Ballroom B
Chaired by Dinesh Patel, vSpring Capital, invited speakers are:
Vicki Farrar, Catheter Connections
Andrew Gotshalk, Blackrock Microsystems
Scott Marland, BioInnovations Gateway
Additional Speakers from BioInnovations Gateway: Scott Morham, Mesagen; Kevin Jessing, Navallum; Stacy Bamberg, Veristride; Shawn Reese, Bend Labs

10:30 am – Track C 3 – Approaches to Nanotechnology Commercialization ecosystems
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by Rens Vandeberg, NanoLabNL, invited speakers are:
Janneke Hoedemakers, NanoLabNL
Johan Holstein, NanoLabNL
Volker Saile, MANCEF

12:30 pm – Lunch with Exhibitors
Grand Ballroom AD
Networking opportunity with exhibitors and poster presenters.

1:30 PM Keynote VII – Paul Ahlstrom
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Keynote VII presented by Paul Ahlstrom, Alta Ventures
Nail it then Scale It

2:20 pm – Track B 4 – Innovations in Healthcare
Imperial Ballroom B
Chaired by Derek Dosdall, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Aditya Das, University of Texas Arlington Research Institute (UTARI)
Philip J. Davis, Innoception Technologies
Brian Mattis, Novati Technologies Inc.
Gian P. Zini, Intermountain West

2:20 pm – Track C 4 – The New Age of Materials: Why Translation Matters
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by James Tyrrell, IOP Publishing, invited speakers are:
Deborah Jackson, National Science Foundation
Fiona Jamieson, IOP
Deb Newberry, Dakota County Technical College/ Nano-Link Center
Xiao Feng Zhang, Hitachi High Technologies America

3:30 pm – Break
Grand Ballroom AD

3:40 pm – Meet Shuttles at 600 South Port Cochere to Travel to Companies
Early sign-up will be made available

4:00 pm – Local Company Tours
Participating Companies TBA

6:30 pm – Conference Banquet at the Grand America, Young Technology Award Presentation, and Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
Imperial Ballroom A
JOIN US for the COMS annual banquet, Young Technology Award Presentation, and Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
The Young Technology Award is an event in which young ambitious companies present themselves in a 3 minute pitch to an expert jury. As a participant you have a chance of winning!
MC for the Competition: Scott Peterson, Managing Director of the BYU Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology
Judging Panel: Steve Walsh, Florian Solzbacher, Matt Dent, Job Elders, and Janusz Bryzek

This year COMS is proud to be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to the spouse of the late Professor Ron Lawes.

10:00 pm – End of banquet


8:00 am – Breakfast
Grand Ballroom AD

9:00 am- Keynote VIII – John T. McDevitt, PhD
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Robert Mehalso, MANCEF
Keynote VIII presented by John T. McDevitt, Rice University
Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip Sensors: A Commercial Platform to Digitize Biology

9:30 am- Keynote IX – John E. Richards
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Keynote IX presented by John E. Richards, Google Fiber
You Know Nano, But Do You Know Lean?

10:00 am – Break
Grand Ballroom AD

10:30 am – Track A 5 – Renewable Energy, Harvesting and Solar Technologies
Imperial Ballroom D
Chaired by Hanseup Kim, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, co-chaired by Rajesh Menon, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Benjamin R. Bunes, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Uta
Gregory N. Nielson, Sandia National Laboratories
Shad Roundy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
S.V. Sreenivasan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas

10:30 am – Track C 5 – Innovations & Eco Systems
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by Robert Mehalso, MANCEF, invited speakers are:
Victor A. Chavez, Sandia National Laboratories
Gregory Dillon, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Ralph M. Ford, Penn State at Erie, The Behrend College
Suleiman Kassicieh, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico
David Tolfree, MANCEF

12:30 pm – Lunch with Exhibitors
Grand Ballroom AD
Networking opportunity with exhibitors and poster presenters.

1:30 PM – Keynote X – Keyvan Esfarjani
Imperial Ballroom B
Introduction given by Florian Solzbacher, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah, Conference Co-chair
Keynote X presented by Keyvan Esfarjani, IM Flash Technologies LLC
Defying the Odds to Become the NAND Industry Leader

2:00 pm – Track A 6 – Tech for Energy
Imperial Ballroom D
Chaired by Eric Eddings, College of Engineering, University of Utah, invited speakers are:
Mikhail Skliar, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah
Paul Savage, Arrayware
Trevor Smith, Brigham Young University

2:00 pm – Track B 6 – Integrated Facilities (Infrastructure)
Imperial Ballroom B
Chaired by Volker Saile, MANCEF, invited speakers are:
Amy Bridger, Penn State at Erie, The Behrend College
Tim Dallas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University
Ian R. Harvey, NanoFab, University of Utah
Matthias Pleil, Southwest Center for Microsystems Education
Loren Rieth, Center for Engineering Innovation, University of Utah

2:00 pm – Track C 6 – Materials Translation & Commercialization
Imperial Ballroom C
Chaired by Regan Stinnett, Sandia National Laboratories, invited speakers are:
AJ Groen, University of Twente
Rainer Harms, University of Twente
Benjamin Rollins, Vaporsens
Robert Tierney, University of Twente

3:45 pm – Break
Grand Ballroom AD

4:00 pm – Closing Remarks
Grand Ballroom AD
Summary of Conference Highlights

5:00 pm – Conference Closes