Nanotechnology & Information Technology



  • Re-inventing Information Devices

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    Nanotechnology & Information Technology - Re-inventing Information Devices

    Nanotechnology seems set to completely re-invent computing and information devices as we know them, and extend Moore's Law well into the 21st century. Over the long term nearly every component of your personal computer, PDA, mobile phone, television and network will include some form of nanotechnology. How will this transformation occur? What components of the computing infrastructure are likely to be affected first? How can you position yourself to be a player in this re-invention of computing? What must the U.S. do to assure that our lead in information technology is not stolen by others in the nano-infotech era?

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    Event Chair

    Scott Mize

    Co-founder, AngstroVision, Inc.

    Chairman of the Advisory Board, Nanotechnology Opportunity Report™



    HP Accelrys


    Key Note: Hans J. Coufal, (bio),Manager, Science and Technology, IBM's Almaden Research Center

    Moderator: Dr. Steven M. Levine,(bio) Senior Director, Business Development, Accelrys

    Ram Mohan, (bio),Senior Strategy & Business Development Manager, NEC USA

    Dan Rubin (bio), Partner Alloy Ventures

    Shih-Yuan (SY) Wang (bio), Senior Staff Scientist Hewlett Packard Laboratories Quantum Research Group



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    berkeley nanotechnology club nanoSoftware & Tools Forum™  
    MIT Stanford Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum

    Speaker Bios


    Hans J. Coufal

    Hans J. Coufal is manager of the “Science and Technology” research function at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He manages a group of departments focusing on some of the most exciting realms of research today, including quantum information, nanotechnology, biotechnology, supercomputer simulations and holographic data storage.

    After receiving his Ph.D. degree in applied physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, Dr. Coufal spent several years on the faculty there and at the Free University in Berlin. He then spent a sabbatical at IBM's San Jose Research Laboratory, the precursor to the Almaden lab, and joined IBM's research staff there in 1981. Dr. Coufal's personal research specialized in studies of radiation-induced chemical, physical, thermal and acoustic transients, and he developed and applied many novel detection schemes and applications for them.

    Dr. Coufal has managed IBM's holographic data storage research effort since 1991. In 1996, he was named one of the two principal investigators of the two government-industry-academia consortia cosponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- HDSS (Holographic Data Storage Systems) and PRISM (Photorefractive Information Storage Materials) -- which were active from 1993-2002. He was named Manager of New Directions within the Science and Technology function in 1996 and Manager of Science and Technology in 2000.

    Dr. Coufal is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and received the 2000 Leadership Award from the National Storage Industry Consortium for his role in managing the HDSS and PRISM programs. He is a member of the editorial board of the technical journal, Applied Physics, where he is responsible for articles on holographic data storage materials and systems. Dr. Coufal is author or co-author of more than 140 technical publications, editor of six books and holds 13 patents.


    Dr. Steven M. Levine

    Dr. Steven M. Levine received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rutgers University, where his focus was the development of computer modeling techniques for supported metal catalysts and oxide surface chemistry. He developed new algorithms to study surface properties of glass fiber optics, catalysts and the high temperature thermal insulation used on the space shuttle.. He joined Engelhard Corporation to head an applied modeling group, providing computational resources for research and development in their Catalyst, Chemotherapeutics and Inorganic Pigments businesses. In his five years with Engelhard, his research contributed to several new inventions, novel processes and plant optimizations and received the top research achievement award and was named to President's top 10 researchers list. Dr. Levine joined Biosym Technologies in 1990 as a lead scientist the 40 member Catalysis Consortium, where he was responsible for the development of many new software products and ran the customer service and training groups. At Accelrys, Dr. Levine has lead Materials Research and Development, Combinatorial Catalysis and was Director of the Materials Formulation Consortium. Currently, Dr. Levine is Senior Director of Business Development and is responsible for all new technology acquisitions and managing strategic partnerships.


    Ram Mohan

    Ram Mohan is a well recognized figure in the world of Nanotechnology, and is the “window” to NEC’s Nano-business activities in the US. Ram has been involved in Nanotechnology for several years, and has a strong network in the industry, both in the US as well as around the world. He has been a speaker and panelist in several nanotechnology events in the US and abroad.

    Ram has worked in various management positions, with several start-ups in the area of Finance & IT and was a cofounder of his last Company in e-globalization solutions. He also served on Boards of two Companies. Ram has successfully built companies from ground up, strategically positioning them in their respective industries. Ram has an MBA (Finance) from Alabama A&M University, and also education in Jurisprudence & Business Law.


    Dan Rubin

    Daniel I. Rubin joined Alloy Ventures in 1999. He received a BA in Physics from Pomona College (1982). In 1991 he was a co-founder of Artisan Components and the initial VP of Sales and Marketing. He was the VP of Business Development through their initial public offering in 1998. Prior to Artisan Components Mr. Rubin worked at Ultratech Stepper in many roles including Director of Product Marketing and Managing Director of Asian Operations. He has board observer rights for Ellie Mae and is a director of CiraNova, Ensenda, Molecular Imprints and Nexsil, all private companies.


    Shih-Yuan (SY) Wang

    Shih-Yuan (SY) Wang received his B.S. in Engineering Physics in 1969 and Ph.D. in EECS in 1977 both from UC Berkeley. As a graduate student he worked on High Speed Tunneling Devices in Nanostructures with a thin film junction area of 10-10 cm2 using 1 µm lithography. In 1977, he joined Hewlett-Packard Company in the Microwave Semiconductor Division working on low noise GaAs MESFETs and in 1980 he joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories where he initiated work on high speed photonic devices, beginning with 20 GHz and 100 GHz infrared photodiodes, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL), III-V traveling wave electro-optic modulators and finally blue GaN LED and lasers. From 1985 to 1987 he was also a visiting Gordon Mackay lecturer at the EECS department of UC Berkeley. In 2000, he co-founded Gazillion Bits, Inc. and worked on SOA and microstructured optical fibers. Currently he is a senior staff scientist at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Quantum Science Research group working on nanotechnology, focusing on molecular memories with densities approaching 100 Gbits/cm2 ,sensors enhanced with nanostructures and nanophotonics. SY is a Fellow of IEEE and OSA.

    Event Logistics


    6:00pm-7:00pm Networking and Registration

    7:00pm-7:05pm Introduction to Series/Session - Scott Mize

    7:05pm-7:50pm Keynote - Hans J. Coufal, Manager, Science and Technology, IBM's Almaden Research Center

    7:50pm-9:00pm Panel Discussion

    Moderator:Dr. Steven M. Levine, Senior Director, Business Development, Accelrys


    Ram Mohan, Senior Strategy & Business Development Manager, NEC USA

    Dan Rubin, Partner Alloy Ventures

    Shih-Yuan (SY) Wang, Senior Staff Scientist Hewlett Packard Laboratories Quantum Research Group



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