Molecular Engineering & Sciences Symposium

The Molecular Engineering & Sciences Symposium held on September 18, 2012 marked the launch of the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute and the opening of our new building.  The Symposium focused on the Institute’s two focus areas, Biotech and Cleantech, and featured a distinguished group of speakers and panelists from across academia and industry.

Symposium Program | Photos | UWTV air times

Session 1: Clean Technology

Moderated by Daniel Gamelin, Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry

Nanowire Building Blocks: From Flux Line Pinning to Artificial Photosynthesis

Peidong Yang, S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley
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Engineering New Molecules for Photovoltaic Applications

Christine Luscombe, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington

Electrified Vehicles for Personal Transportation, the Role of Surface Coatings, and the Use Thin Films for Electrode Characterization

Mark Verbrugge, Research & Development, General Motors
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Picturing Solar Cells

David Ginger, Professor and Raymon E. and Rosellen M. Lawton Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry, University of Washington

Industry Panel Session & Luncheon

An interactive discussion on the opportunities and challenges in bringing molecular engineering technology “from lab to marketplace.” Moderated by Matt O’Donnell, Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering, University of Washington with a welcome from Michael Young, President of the University of Washington

Eric Dobmeier, Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Genetics
Hugh Hillhouse, Rehnberg Chair Professor Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
Eric “Rick” Luebbe, Chief Executive Officer, EnerG2
Suzie Pun, Robert F. Rushmer Associate Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington
Mark Verbrugge, Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory, General Motors Research and Development


Session 2: Biotechnology

Moderated by François Baneyx, Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor of Chemical Engineering

Harnessing Molecular Engineering and Sciences for Impact

Carol Dahl, Executive Director,The Lemelson Foundation
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SPEEDy Delivery: Engineering Materials that Provide Specific, Programmable, Efficient, and Effective Drug Delivery

Suzie Pun, Robert F. Rushmer Associate Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington
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Advanced Fuels from Advanced Plants

Jay Keasling, The Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
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Protein Design

David Baker, Professor, Biochemistry, University of Washington
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University of Washington Sponsors

Special thanks to the departments and colleges at the University of Washington that made this event possible:

College of Engineering
College of Arts & Sciences
School of Medicine
Chemistry Department
Materials Science & Engineering Department