Speakers Announced for CIRCA '08 Conference Dealing With Open Innovation of Nanotechnology in the Adjacent Markets of Transportation, Energy and Security

A host of top executives representing the world's leading nanotechnology companies and organizations will speak on the topic of Open Innovation during CIRCA '08, to be presented this month by AeA, the nation's largest high-tech trade association, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, ranked by Small Times magazine as the world's number one college for nanotechnology.

Dr. Santokh Badesha, Xerox Fellow and Manager of Open Innovation in Xerox Corporation's Innovation Group -- the most prolific inventor in the company's history with 158 U.S. patents -- will deliver the keynote address at the second annual Convergence of International Research and Commercialization in Albany, or CIRCA '08, to be held May 19-21 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY and at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex in Albany, NY

"Open Innovation of Nanotechnology in the Adjacent Markets of Transportation, Energy and Security" is the theme of CIRCA '08, which aims to present unique strategies for development of nanofabrication technology platforms, and to identify related teaming opportunities around industry-compliant manufacturing solutions. CIRCA '08 is the only conference addressing the challenge of nanotechnology convergence with concrete strategies and practical solutions enabled by CNSE and its partner companies, including leading device, equipment and material suppliers providing manufacturable solutions that are supported by a nanotechnology-driven supply chain.

Justin Wright, Executive Director of AeA's New York Council, said, "CIRCA '08 is a tremendous opportunity for our member companies representing all segments of the high-tech industry. AeA recognizes that manufacturability and commercialization of nanotechnology are among the greatest challenges facing widespread implementation and commercial viability. AeA's strategic relationship with CNSE is providing unique capabilities and solutions to address these challenges, as CIRCA '08 will demonstrate."

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE, said, "The presence and participation at CIRCA '08 of the world's leading executives at the forefront of a new paradigm of Open Innovation is testament to the exceptional partnership between the UAlbany NanoCollege and AeA, the preeminent global high-tech trade organization. We look forward to the development of unique strategies for cross-sector, university-driven technology platforms, and the creation of new business teaming opportunities among public and private sector leaders in nanoscale research, development and manufacturing."

Featured speakers include:

  • Michael Balboni, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, NYS Office of Homeland Security;
  • Tom Birdsey, President & CEO, EYP Architecture & Engineering;
  • Paul Brubaker, Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation;
  • Mary Ann Crotty, President, Macro Enterprises;
  • Harvey Frye, President, Tokyo Electron America and Conference Chair;
  • Ralf Graber, Executive Vice President, M+W Zander;
  • Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, CNSE;
  • Michael O'Halloran, Director of Technology, CH2MHill Electronics & Advanced Technology Group;
  • Dr. James O'Neill, Senior Manager, Silicon Technology, IBM;
  • Dr. John M. Pellegrino, Director, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, Army Research Laboratory;
  • Dr. Michael R. Polcari, President & CEO, International SEMATECH;
  • J.R. Reagan, Vice President, Global Risk Compliance & Security, BearingPoint;
  • Larry Sumney, President, Semiconductor Research Corporation;
  • Jon Weston, Deputy Director of Capital Programs, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; and
  • Dr. Ken Young, Consortium Manager, ARL Collaborative Technology Alliance, Telcordia Technologies.

A complete agenda is available at www.circa-albany.com.

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