Nanotechnology Conference To Feature UMass President, Leading Lucent Executive on Sept. 24

AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will showcase its nanotechnology research and collaboration opportunities at a Friday, September 24, conference in the Lincoln Campus Center. UMass President Jack Wilson and David Bishop, vice president for nanotechnology research at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, will speak at the event.

MassNanoTech, a campus-wide center for nanoscience and engineering, will host the conference, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Focusing on molecular-scale engineering for extremely small devices and systems, nanotechnology has captured the attention of leading research and development scientists and technology companies. The National Science Foundation recently ranked UMass Amherst seventh among U.S. universities receiving its nanotechnology-relatedresearch grants.

MassNanoTech is designed to show technology companies and others the range of basic research and industrial applications that the campus is working on, according to professor Jim Watkins, co-director of the center. The event will introduce MassNanoTech Partners, a new academic-industry consortium for nanotechnology, to companies interested in collaborative research and technology transfer. As members of the MassNanoTech Partners consortium, “companies will be able to see research sooner and utilize new technologies faster,” says Michael Wright, managing director of MassNanoTech.

Notable events at the conference will include:

* Opening remarks by UMass President Jack Wilson

* Keynote speaker David Bishop of Lucent Technologies

* Presentations on major areas of research including nanoscale materials and processes, nanoelectronics, bionanotechnology and theory/simulation

* Poster session and tours of specialized lab facilities

Online registration and an agenda for the event are available at www.aux.umass.edu/forms/conferenceservices. For more information, contact Michael Wright at 413/545-1334.

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