Participants of the 2016 NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference gather together for group photo.

SHyNE Hosts 2016 NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference

ARLINGTON, VA -- The Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host the annual Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Grantees Conference. The two-day conference took place December 12 -13th and explored development, research, and challenges in the nanoscale field. With 152 participants from over 90 universities and organizations, the conference facilitated discussions for new and innovative directions on future research, education, networking, business interactions, environmental health and safety, nonmanufacturing, and societal impact.

The conference kicked off with an introduction from Prof. Vinayak Dravid, Director of the SHyNE Resource, Northwestern University's Abraham Harris Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Academic Chair of the Conference, and Dr. Mike Roco, the founding chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) and the Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering at NSF.

Dr. Mike Roco of the National Science Foundation opens the conference.

Dr. Pedro Alvarez of Rice University presents “Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology for Water-Food-Energy.”

Dr. Mike Roco of the National Science Foundation
opens the conference.

Dr. Pedro Alvarez of Rice University presents “Breakthroughs
in Nanotechnology for Water-Food-Energy.”

The first day of the conference focused on "Progress in Foundational Nanotechnology and Infrastructure" and started off with a presentation on Nanotechnology for Water-Food-Energy, led by Prof. Pedro Alvarez of Rice University and followed by a panel discussion and added presentations with Prof. Karen Wooley of Texas A&M University, Prof. Greg Lowry of Carnegie Mellon University, and Dr. Mamadou Diallo of the California Institute of Technology. Next, Prof. Kristen Harris of the University of Texas - Austin presented her research on Using Nanoscale Phenomena and Integration Methods to Understand and Design Neurosystems, followed by a second panel of research which included presentations from Dr. Nick Melosh of Stanford University, Prof. Michel Maharbiz of University of California-Berkeley, and Prof. Michal Lipson of Columbia University.

Prof. Katy Börner of Indiana University then presented her findings on Nanoinformatics and Big Data in Nanotechnology. She was followed by the third panel discussion of the day, which focused on Nano Centers. This panel included research presentations from Prof. Oliver Brand of Georgia Tech, Prof. Robert Westervelt of Harvard University, and Prof. Roger Bonnecaze of University of Texas - Austin. The day concluded with a Nano-Hub Tutorial led by Gerhard Klimeck, Krishna Madhavan, and Prof. Alejandro Strachan from the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN).

Katy Börner of Indiana University presents “Visualizing Nanoscience and Technology.

Participants listen in as Prof. Kristen Harris of Texas A & M University presents “Using Nanoscale Phenomena and Integration Methods to Understand and Design Neurosystems.”

Katy Börner of Indiana University presents
“Visualizing Nanoscience and Technology.

Participants listen in as Prof. Kristen Harris of Texas A & M
University presents “Using Nanoscale Phenomena and
Integration Methods to Understand and Design Neurosystems.”

The second day of the conference highlighted "Progress in Grand Challenges and Convergence." The day tipped off with a panel on BioNano Manufacturing with presentations by Dr. William Hughes of Boise State University, Dr. Nicole Steinmetz of Case Western University, and Dr. Christopher Snow of Colorado State University. Prof. Tom Theis of Columbia University then led a discussion on Low Energy Computing with participants.

Following Theis, were presentations on Brain-Like Cognitive Engineering Systems led by Prof. H.-S. Philip Wong of Stanford University and Dr. Hava Siegelmann from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Next, participants had the opportunity to learn about Portraying Nanotechnology R & D on Video & Web with Susan Mason of NSF who discussed "Disseminating Nanotechnology in Mass Media" and Sarah Bates of NSF, who informed participants on "Public Image of Nanotechnology."

Prof. H.-S. Philip Wong of Stanford University presents “Toward Scalable Energy Efficient Learning Machines (ENIGMA).”

Prof. Robert Westervelt of Harvard University presents “STC on Integrated Quantum Materials.”

Prof. H.-S. Philip Wong of Stanford University presents
“Toward Scalable Energy Efficient Learning Machines (ENIGMA).”

Prof. Robert Westervelt of Harvard University presents
“STC on Integrated Quantum Materials.”

Afterwards, Larry Bell of the Museum of Science in Boston talked on his research on the "Convergence of Capacities in the NISE Net is Leading to Expanded Informal Education." He was followed by Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, also from the Museum of Science in Boston, who discussed her research on "Outcomes of the NISE Net's Museums and Community Partnerships Project" and Dr. Mahmud Farooque from the Arizona State University Consortium for Science, D.C. Office with his findings on "The Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology Network." The conversation then moved to Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies, where Dr. Jameson Wetmore of Arizona State University, Dr. Gregory Kaebnick of The Hasting's Center, and Dr. Laurel Riek of the University of California - San Diego each spoke to their research on the topic.

The conference discussions concluded with one last panel on Education and Societal Aspects on nanotechnology. Dr. Mike Pleil of the University of New Mexico, Mariel Kolker of Morristown High School, and Dr. Saniya LeBlanc of George Washington University completed the discussion with by presenting to participants how to continue to incorporate nanoscale research on all levels of education.

SHyNE Resource was started in September of 2015 as part of the National Science Foundation's National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NCCI) and works to provide a national network of facilities to support external users.

Prof. Alejandro Strachan from the Network for Computational Nanotechnology helps led the Nano-Hub Tutorial at the end of the first day of the conference.

Participants listen as the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference begins. Ben Myers of Northwestern University, Dr. Mike Roco of the National Science Foundation, Prof. Vinayak Dravid of Northwestern University and Dr. Khershed Cooper, Program Director in the CMMI Division of the ENG Directorate at NSF stand for a picture after the conference.

Prof. Alejandro Strachan from the Network for
Computational Nanotechnology helps led the Nano-Hub
Tutorial at the end of the first day of the conference.

 Participants listen as the Nanoscale Science and
Engineering Grantees Conference begins.

 Ben Myers of Northwestern University, Dr. Mike Roco of the
National Science Foundation, Prof. Vinayak Dravid of
Northwestern University and Dr. Khershed Cooper,
Program Director in the CMMI Division of the ENG
Directorate at NSF stand for a picture after the conference.

Dr. Christopher Snow of Colorado State University presents “Synthesis of Nanostructures Inside Crystalline Protein Scaffolds.” Prof. Greg Lowry of Carnegie Mellon University presents “Opportunities and Challenges for Nanotechnology for Water-Food-Energy.” Prof. Karen Wooley of Texas A & M University’s presentation “Sustainability and Environmental Remediation.”

Dr. Christopher Snow of Colorado State University presents
“Synthesis of Nanostructures Inside Crystalline Protein Scaffolds.”

Prof. Greg Lowry of Carnegie Mellon University presents
“Opportunities and Challenges for Nanotechnology for
Water-Food-Energy.”

Prof. Karen Wooley of Texas A & M University’s
presentation “Sustainability and Environmental
Remediation.”

Laurel Riek of the University of California - San Diego presents “Robots in Our Space: Designing for Dignity.” Dinner inspired many lively discussions. Dr. Nick Melosh of Stanford University presents “Engineering Cell and Brain Interfaces.”

Laurel Riek of the University of California - San Diego
presents “Robots in Our Space: Designing for Dignity.”

Dinner inspired many lively discussions.

Dr. Nick Melosh of Stanford University presents
“Engineering Cell and Brain Interfaces.”

Dr. Nicole Steinmetz of Case Western University presents “Nanomanufacturing of Virus-based Supra-Assemblies.” Dr. Jim Murday of the University of Southern California, Dr. Matt Pleil of the University of New Mexico, Mariel Kolker of Morrison High School, and Dr. Saniya LeBlanc of George Washington University discuss “Education and Societal Aspects” in the last panel of the conference. Panel hosted by Lisa Friedersdorf (standing). Dr. Jim Murday of the University of Southern California, Dr. Matt Pleil of the University of New Mexico, Mariel Kolker of Morrison High School, and Dr. Saniya LeBlanc of George Washington University discuss “Education and Societal Aspects” in the last panel of the conference. Panel hosted by Lisa Friedersdorf (standing).

Dr. Nicole Steinmetz of Case Western University presents
“Nanomanufacturing of Virus-based Supra-Assemblies.”

Dr. Jim Murday of the University of Southern California,
Dr. Matt Pleil of the University of New Mexico Mariel Kolker
of Morrison High School, and Dr. Saniya LeBlanc of George
Washington University discuss “Education and Societal
Aspects” in thelast panel of the conference.  Panel
hosted by Lisa Friedersdorf (standing).

Prof. Tom Theis of Columbia University presents
“New Devices and Architectures for Energy
Efficient Computing.”

Dr. William Hughes of Boise State University presents “Engineering with DNA.” Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann of the Museum of Science, Boston presents “Outcomes of the NISE Net’s Museums and Community Partnerships Project.” Mariel Kolker of Morristown High School discussed her presentation “Inspiring a Generation of Students.”

Dr. William Hughes of Boise State University presents
“Engineering with DNA.”

Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann of the Museum of Science, Boston
presents “Outcomes of the NISE Net’s Museums and
Community Partnerships Project.”

Mariel Kolker of Morristown High School discussed her
presentation “Inspiring a Generation of Students.”

Dr. Mike Roco signs a copy of his book, “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance.”

Dr. Mike Roco signs a copy of his book, “Converging
Technologies for Improving Human Performance.”