Molecular Engineering is Topic at Worcester Polytechnic Institute International Corporate Roundtable Conference

Second WPI Emerging Technologies Roundtable Scheduled for March 18-20

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

February 5, 2002, Worcester, MA - Corporate, government and academic leaders will convene in Worcester in March for Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Second International Corporate/Academic Roundtable on Emerging Technologies, March 18-20 at the WPI Campus. This year's topic will be Molecular Engineering.

"Molecular Engineering is one of the most promising scientific frontiers," said William Durgin, WPI's associate provost for academic affairs. "Our ability to construct and control materials at the molecular level has already resulted in important breakthroughs that will have a direct impact on almost every aspect of life. We are bringing an international group of leaders together to look at what the next five years will bring to this emerging field. As scientists and engineers, we want to increase our understanding and improve our ability to use that new knowledge. As policy makers, we want to make sure developments are ethically and morally responsible as well as useful. As academics, we want to make sure we have the creativity and structure to teach new found knowledge and give our students the tools and resources to expand on these fundamental developments."

Leaders from the corporate and academic world and policy leaders from government will present their vision, research and findings over the two day conference. Sessions will include discussion on biological sensors, ethics, leveraging biomechanics, leveraging the genome, molecular computing, molecular pharmaceuticals and nanophotonics.

Presenters include: Richard A. DeMillo, Ph.D., is vice president and chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard Company. He is the author of over 100 technical articles and books, and is best known for his work in software engineering, theoretical computer science and cryptography.

James C. Ellenbogen, Ph.D., is senior principal scientist of the MITRE Nanosystems Group and principal investigator of MITRE's Nanosystems Modeling and Nanoelectronic Computers Research Project.

John L. LaMattina, Ph.D., is president of Pfizer Worldwide Research, vice president of Pfizer, Inc., and executive vice president of Pfizer Global Research and Development. He is the author of 23 scientific publications and holds 14 U.S. patents.

Lance A. Liotta, M.D., Ph.D., is chief of the Laboratory of Pathology and chief of the Section of Tumor Invasion and Metastases in the Division of Clinical Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH. He is the former Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH

W. Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D., is professor of chemistry at WPI. His research focuses on photochemistry, molecular scale devices, and intramolecular charge and energy transfer. He has published over 55 refereed journal papers and his major research awards have been received from NSF, DOE, The Petroleum Research Fund, Polaroid and Bayer Diagnostics.

Luenny Morell is director of the Research and Development Center, and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez. She oversees a number of the university's strategic initiatives including its Technology Incubator.

Richard S. Quimby, Ph.D., is professor of physics at WPI. His research covers optics, laser spectroscopy, optical properties of rare earth-doped glasses, and photonics (including lasers and fiber optics).

Doros Platika, M.D., is the chairman of Curis, Inc, a biotechnology company specializing in regenerative medicine; and is a member of the Dean's Committee for International Development at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

Joel M. Schnur, Ph.D., recognized as a pioneer in bio/molecular science and technology, is head of the Naval Research Laboratory's Center for bio/molecular science and Engineering.

Thomas A. Shannon, Ph.D., is professor of religion and social ethics in the Department of Humanities and Arts at WPI. He has written and spoken on the ethical impact of new technologies, and is the author of over forty articles in professional journals and twenty-five books including Genetic Engineering: A Documentary History, published in 2000.

Dan Wayner, Ph.D., is the leader of the Molecular Interfaces Program in Canada's National Research Council Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, a multidisciplinary team whose research focuses on organic chemical reactions on silicon surfaces.

Moderator: Leonard Polizzotto, Ph.D., is vice president of International Business Development at SRI International. He has been granted nine U.S. patents and has published on digital imaging, microphotography and human color perception.

The Conference: March 18-20, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. Cost: $375 by March 1, $425 after March 1, 2002. For more information on this conference, or to register on line, please visit www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/Molecular/ call the conference phone line at 508-831-6222 or e-mail roundtable@wpi.edu.

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