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Sir Mark Welland

Sir Mark Welland, University of Cambridge

Biography

Sir Mark established a purpose built facility at the University of Cambridge, the Nanoscience Centre, which undertakes a variety of nano-related research programmes of an interdisciplinary nature.  He has substantive international connections in the USA, Japan, Europe, India and the Middle East.  He established the Science and Technology Research Centre at the American University in Cairo, Egypt which he co-directed from 2003 to 2010 and from 2008 to 2012 was for the UK, the international principal investigator of the £100M World Premier Research Institute in nanomaterials based in Tsukuba, Japan.  

From April 2008 until May 2012, Sir Mark was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government Ministry of Defence. Where his responsibilities included chairing the Investments Approval Board and the Defence Research and Development Board, acting as UK Principal for the US-UK 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement (nuclear), providing scientific advice across Defence and working on cross-Government science issues. He retained his position at Cambridge during the course of his secondment to the MOD.  In April 2011, in recognition of Sir Mark's contributions to the 1958 MDA partnership and his leadership and vision in all areas of WMD Defence he was presented with the US Secretary of Defense's Award for Exceptional Public Service. The award is one of the highest awards the Department of Defense can present to a representative of another Government.  Also in April 2011, in recognition of his outstanding leadership, wise counsel and his significant contribution to the interests of the United Kingdom and the United States, he received the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. The NNSA Gold Medal is the highest medal awarded by the NNSA.

Research

Professor Welland's research interest lie in nanoscience and nanotechnology in a broad range of both fundamental and applied problems. These include protein mis-folding problems related to human diseases such as Alzheimer’s, nanostructured materials for high efficiency low-cost solar cells, biologically inspired nanomaterials for green technologies and nanoelectronics for future generation communications and sensing.  Professor Welland is Director of the Department's Nanoscience Centre.

 

David Sinton

Dr. David Sinton, University of Toronto

Biography

David Sinton is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Energy at the University of Toronto. He is currently an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow, before which he was the Associate Chair of Research in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, as well as the Interim Vice-Dean of research in the Faculty of Applied Science. He is a co-founder and the CTO of Interface Fluidics Ltd, a start-up focused on improving the environmental and economic performance of current energy operations. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University.

He received a BASc from the University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and PhD from University of Toronto.

He became a Fellow of the CSME in 2012, a Fellow of the ASME in 2013, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2015, the University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow in 2013, an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow in 2016, a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada in 2015, and a Fellow of the AAAS in 2018 for “distinguished contributions to the field of mechanical engineering, particularly in developing microfluidic methods for applications in energy and the environment.

Research

Dr. Sinton’s research interests are in fluidics and energy. This research involves the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems and analysis.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the journal Lab-on-a-Chip.

 

V Ramgopal Rao

Dr. V Ramgopal Rao, Director Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Biography

Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Director, IIT Delhi. Before joining IIT Delhi as the Director in April 2016, Dr. Rao served as a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor for Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and as the Chief Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay.

Dr. Rao has over 450 research publications in the area of nano-scale devices & Nanoelectronics and is an inventor on 40 patents and patent applications, which include 15 issued US patents. Eleven of his patents have been licensed for industry commercialization. Prof. Rao is a co-founder of two deep technology startups at IIT Bombay (Nanosniff & Soilsens) which are developing products of relevance for society. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy.

He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2013.

Dr. Rao served as the Chairman, IEEE AP/ED Bombay Chapter and as a Vice-Chairman, IEEE Asia Pacific Regions/Chapters sub-committee for two terms. He was the first elected Chairman for the India section, American Nano Society during 2013-2015.

Research

Dr. Rao’s research interests are in nanoelectronics, technology aware design challenges with emerging technologies, CMOS Reliability and Bio-MEMs.  

 

Dr Quanshi Zheng

Dr. Quanshui Zheng, Centre for Nano and Micro Mechanics

 


David Blank

Dr. David Blank, Chief Scientific Ambassador & Distinguished Professor, University of Twente

 

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