Professor Jennifer Lewis, University of Illinois
Received a BS with honors from the University of Illinois (1986) and an Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991) and joined the faculty of UIUC in fall 1990. She now holds the titles of professor of materials science and engineering and of chemical engineering, and is a faculty affiliate with the Beckman Institute. Her honors include: NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994), Burnett Teaching Award (1994), Schlumberger Foundation Award (1995), Xerox Award for Faculty Research (1996 & 2001), Allied Signal Foundation Awards (1998, 1999), selection to the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering (2000), University Scholar, University of Illinois (2002), Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society (2009), and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012). Prof. Lewis and Glen Kirby, PhD student, won the 2003 Brunauer Award from the American Ceramic Society for their paper “Rheological Property Evolution in Concentrated Cement-Polyelectrolyte Suspensions” published in the December 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.
Analisa Russo, University of Illinois
Analisa Russo is a Ph.D. student in the materials science and engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on designing conductive inks for printed electronics, including pen-on-paper (P-o-P) flexible electronics. She has developed a silver ink that is compatible with rollerball pen writing to enable rapid fabrication of paper-based devices. She is interested in developing the P-o-P approach as an educational tool and has conducted flexible electronics workshops at the Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab and at a materials science camp for high school girls. Her work has been featured online in Popular Science and on the Chemical & Engineering News YouTube channel.
Anthony Atala MD, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Anthony Atala, M.D., is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs. Dr. Atala has led or served several national professional and government committees, including the National Institutes of Health working group on Cells and Developmental Biology, the National Institutes of Health Bioengineering Consortium, and the National Cancer Institute’s Advisory Board. He is currently a National Institutes of Health “Quantum Grant” awardee. Dr. Atala heads a team of over 250 physicians and researchers. Ten applications of technologies developed in Dr. Atala’s laboratory have been used clinically. He is the editor of twelve books, including Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Foundations of Regenerative Medicine, Methods of Tissue Engineering, and Minimally Invasive Urology. He has published more than 300 journal articles and has applied for or received over 200 national and international patents.
Robin Levin, Levin Strategic Consulting
Robin Levin is the President of Levin Strategic Consulting, which provides creative healthcare and life sciences oriented solutions and services. She is a seasoned professional with extensive pediatric surgical and business credentials. Her expertise includes biomedical, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology endeavors in addition to government sponsored and private research programs. Engagements vary from due diligence efforts, customized research and grant preparation to program development and peer review. She is able to identify and develop novel technologies, products and strategies in the biotech/life sciences marketplace and critically examine the interface between business and biomedical affairs. She has successfully applied this insight and operational experience to optimize policy and business decisions in the life science and financial investment communities with particular focus on emerging opportunities, potentially market disruptive biopharmaceutical technologies and novel R&D programs. She has an M.D. and an M.B.A.
Alicia Jackson, DARPA
Dr. Alicia Jackson joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in October 2010. Her interests include the integration of engineering with biology to assemble cells and inorganic materials, novel manufacturing processes for increased process versatility and resiliency in a combat environment, and biomanufacturing to create self-healing materials, evolvable processes and otherwise ‘unmanufacturable’ materials. Dr. Jackson came to DARPA from the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources where she served as a member of the Professional Staff. Her portfolio included Smart Grid, Grid Scale Energy Storage, National Competitiveness, Clean‐Energy Jobs and Federal Energy R&D. Dr. Jackson received her PhD (2007) and SB (2002) in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Vik Oliver, Diamond Age Solutions / RepRap Project
Vik Olliver is one of the original core team that developed the RepRap Open Source 3D Printer, and built the first ever reproduced “child” RepRap. He has pioneered the use of biodegradable, non-oil plastics in 3D printing through his company Diamond Age Solutions. A long-time council member of the New Zealand Open Source Society, he has worked with Catalyst IT on several large, commercial Open Source projects, initiated Makerspaces in Wellington and Auckland, writes too much, and has occasionally been accused of digital art.
Suz Oliver, Diamond Age Solutions
Suz Olliver splits her time between being Senior Database Administrator for Diamond Age Solutions and managing the Vik resource for the 3D printing side of the same company. She also looks after the mundane side of things and herds cats in whatever time is left.
Markus Kayser, MIT
Markus Kayser was born near Hannover, Germany in 1983. He studied 3D Furniture and Product Design at London Metropolitan University from 2004 – 2008 and continued 2009 with the study of Product Design at the Royal College of Art and gained his Master in 2011. Markus Kayser Studio was set up in London, UK in 2011. From early works of furniture and lights in his father’s farm workshop through to today Markus Kayser developed an understanding of materials, processes and technologies which he sees as being key in combination with the natural given. He wants to engage by producing objects that one can relate to, that speak about something else other than just their utilitarian qualities. The layers to be discovered as well as one’s associations with objects interest him. Experimentation plays a central part in developing his designs. Kayser’s recent work demonstrates the exploration of hybrid solutions linking technology and natural energy to show the great opportunities, to question current methodologies in manufacturing and to test new scenarios of production. In his process it is important that behind the thorough research and the theory there must be a realistic proof of concept, which elucidates the real potential of a given subject. He tries to tell a story and to balance the seriousness with a sense of humour. This kind of storytelling makes his products as well as his experimental works digestible without losing its depths in content.
Michael Hopmeier, Unconventional Concepts Inc.
Michael Hopmeier is the President, Unconventional Concepts, Inc. and has been a technical advisor and operational consultant to numerous governmental agencies including the DARPA Defense Sciences Office, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, United States Surgeon General, and the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense. He was one of the primary developers of the Bioterrorism Preparedness Program at the CDC, served as the Science and Technology Advisor to the USAF Surgeon General, as well as the first S&T Advisor to the United States Marine Corps Chem/Bio Incident Response Force (CBIRF).
He has been a member and/or task force Chair for numerous senior advisory panels including the Defense Science Board and the National Academy of Sciences and served on the Senior Policy and Strategy Panel for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is a founding member and current member of the Executive Board of the International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community and an Associate Researcher of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism. Mr. Hopmeier is an internationally recognized expert on countering suicide terrorism, disaster/crisis response and emergency management and preparedness.
Mr. Hopmeier is a founder of a number of different start-up companies, and sits on the board of several high technology firms. He has been involved in numerous international programs as a manager or advisor, and has supported a number of efforts in the UK, Greece and Israel. He has authored numerous papers and presentations on topics ranging from biological model development and biotechnology research to emergency response training and suicide bombing. His project areas include training and preparedness, chemical/biological incident response, combat casualty care and medical support, crisis response and management, unconventional pathogen countermeasure programs, federal agency protective measures, counter-terrorism and integrated federal/civilian disaster response. Mr. Hopmeier holds bachelors and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.
Benjamin Mako Hill, MIT, Harvard
I am a scholar, technologist, programmer and free software and free culture activist. I write software, books and articles and currently live in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Eric J. Wilhelm, Instructables
Eric Wilhelm is the founder of Instructables.com, a web-based service that helps passionate people publish and share step-by-step tutorials for their hobbies, recipes, or other interests. Started in 2005, this company has over 65,000 projects, attracts an audience of 13 million unique visitors, and continues to grow. As the former CEO of Instructables, Wilhelm is now the director of communications at Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, which acquired Instructables in 2011. He now builds communities for Autodesk’s consumer-level tools. He is a successful entrepreneur who has started five companies including the innovation and design partnership Squid Labs, an energy company seeking to harness high-altitude wind, and companies working on portable energy generation and health care.
He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. He has been recognized as one of the top innovators under 35 years old by Technology Review Magazine, and was awarded the National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Award for the development of a printing technique used to create patterns in films of nanoparticles or polymers.
He has competed in an ultra-marathon, flown 75 feet in the air under a kite-powered contraption of his own design, built a climbing wall in his house, and works from a homemade treadmill desk.
Saul Grffith, Instructables
Dr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, HowToons and Makani Power. Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventor’s award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize. A large focus of Saul’s research efforts are in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production. Saul co-authors children’s comic books called “HowToons” about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen. Saul is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics. Saul is a columnist and contributor to Make and Craft magazines.
Bridget McKendry, Pixelbrid
Bridget McKendry is an eTextiles designer and tutor from Christchurch,New Zealand. She studied textile design for 3 years at Otago Polytechnic School of Art in the 90s, before a starting a career in web design and later print graphics. After years tinkering with robotics and electronics for fun, a tutorial for a lilypad circuit on Instructables in 2008 set her off in a new direction where textiles, digital design, electronics & coding converge. She now runs a kit business, teaches eTextiles, electronics & Arduino to kids and adults alike, writes the occasional Instructable and experiments with conductive materials.
David ten Have, Ponoko
David ten Have is the CEO and co-founder of Ponoko, an online platform for the creation of custom products. David leads Ponoko’s vision of a revolution in the creation and distribution of goods, and he’s on a mission to make it easier for everyone to make things. Prior to founding Ponoko, David was co-founder of New Zealand’s #1 design-led Microsoft web development firm, Provoke.
Dr. Andrew Maher, Leader of Digital Innovation, Arup
Andrew is an architect and leads Arup’s Digital Innovation initiative. Digital Innovation develops new ways of working, delivering and communicating Arup’s services using the latest technological capabilities ranging from the way we engage with digital data, through to the use of new interactive design media.
James Gardiner, Lead of Design and Innovation, The Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O’Rourke
James recently completed a PhD, at RMIT University, investigating the design and construction implications of ’3D printing’ buildings; which integrated innovative digital design techniques, off-site construction and construction 3D printing. His work has featured in exhibitions, magazines and books internationally. James has taught at a number of Australian Universities, gives regular public lectures and is the recipient of a number of awards for his work in architecture and artificial reef design.
John Hines, NASA
John Hines is Acting Chief Technologist for the NASA-Ames Research Center (ARC). In this capacity, John identifies, defines, develops, and integrates new and emerging technologies for application to NASA Agency and national goals and objectives through the Office of the Chief Technologist and Mission Directorates. Most recently, John was Chief Technologist in the ARC Engineering Directorate and Small Spacecraft Division. In those capacities and prior functions, John directed the design, development, test and evaluation of space systems; managed advanced technology development programs and projects; and developed biological, biomedical, biosensor and bioinstrumentation technologies from conception to feasibility and spaceflight hardware systems implementation. John has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University, and an MS in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and has nearly 35 years of combined NASA and Air Force experience in program/project management, satellite/spaceflight hardware development, biological and biomedical technology development, electronic systems engineering, advanced technology assessment and development, and program advocacy. John’s personal interests include reading, listening to jazz, golf, and his new condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
JP Lewis, Weta
J.P Lewis is a research programmer at Weta Digital, specializing in computer vision and statistical learning techniques applied to film effects. Prior to joining Weta he worked at academic and industrial research labs including Stanford University andU. Southern California, as well as in the film industry at Industrial Light and Magic, Disney’s Secret Lab (where he was Director of Software Development), and ESC. He has credits on films including Forrest Gump and The Matrix sequels. John has published research in journals and conferences including ACM SIGGRAPH, Transactions on Graphics, I3D, Sandbox, IEEE CG&A, TVCG, International Conference on Computer Vision, and others. He serves on the papers committees and as a reviewer for research conferences including SIGGRAPH, Symposium on Computer Animation, TVCG, and others. His vision and graphics algorithms have been adopted
in Matlab and commercial software packages including Shake and Motion, and his Pose-Space Deformation skinning algorithm is widely implemented in the film industry. He was also co-developer of the texture space diffusion skin subsurface approach that has been further developed by Nvidia and ATI and is appearing in upcoming games titles. John spends a portion of his time at Weta fostering collaborations with academic researchers in New Zealand and abroad.
John Kao, Institute for Large Scale Innovation
John Kao has made a career out of helping organizations go from “getting” the importance of innovation to “getting innovation done.” Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by The Economist, John is Chairman of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, whose i20 group is an association of 30 national Chief Innovation Officers. He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of innovation, organizational transformation, and new media. He is author of the Bestselling Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek bestseller that has been published in a dozen languages, and Innovation Nation: How America is Losing its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do To Get It Back.
Chris Earney, UNHCR Innovation
Chris Earney is the Operations Officer for UNHCR Innovation, a small and creative team in the UN Refugee Agency. Chris graduated from the University of Durham in 2005 and received his MA in Modernity, Space and Place from the University College London in 2006. During his six years with UNHCR, Chris has worked in field offices in Dadaab, Darfur, and Baghdad. With UNHCR Innovation, Chris supports innovation fellows around the world and matches field challenges to innovations both inside and outside of UNHCR. The team he worked with in Baghdad was awarded with an Excellence in Field Service Award for their approaches to remote management in security problematic areas. When he’s not drawing ideas on the windows of the office, you can find him harassing buses on his bike, or eating cheese. In great quantity.
Piri Sciascia, Te Toiahurei (Māori) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori), Victoria University
Piri Sciascia is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Kai Tahu descent and has strong affiliations to Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Rangitane. He is a graduate of Victoria and Otago Universities. Professor Sciascia leads Toihuarewa – the University body responsible for Māori academic interests. Prior to his appointment in 2000, he was an adviser to the Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri. He has also been Assistant Director-General of the Department of Conservation, Assistant Director of the QEII Arts Council and director of the Māori and South Pacific Arts Council. He holds a commemorative medal for service to the arts. In 2001 Piri was formally recognised as a Tohunga Huarewa – as one who has strived for and attained a pinnacle of excellence with regard to knowledge of Maori performing arts. One of only four people, this exclusive group constitutes the Whare Pukenga supported by Te Matatini, Massey University and Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu. Piri Sciascia’s position as Te Toiahurei, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Maori) of Victoria University is primarily to provide strategic advice to assist the University in meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.