Final Agenda: 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference 6/14 DC

Posted on June 13th, 2018 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s (NanoBCA) is excited to share the Final Agenda for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2018

 CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

K&L Gates
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1600

REGISTER HERE $299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s event will feature experts from private industry, representatives from government agencies, and public policy leaders who will address the opportunities and challenges in the ongoing commercialization of nanotechnology-based products and nanomaterials.

Speakers for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AGENDA

8:00-9:00  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30  Opening Remarks
– Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBCA
– Paul Stimers, Partner, K&L Gates

9:30-10:00  Supercycle of Innovation and Commercialization
Arpana Verma, PhD, Chief Science Officer, NanoMech Industries, Inc.

10:00-10:30  Nanotechnology in Medicine: How Much Progress?
Samuel Brauer, PhD, Principal, Nanotech Plus, LLC

10:30-11:00  Moving toward Abundance through Molecular Nanotechnology
Matthew Putman, PhD, CEO, Nanotronics Imaging

11:00-11:30  TSCA New Chemical Activities and Reporting Rule for Nanoscale Materials
Jim Alwood, Program Manager, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics’ Chemical Control Division, US Environmental Protection Agency

11:30-Noon  2018 EHS Regulatory  Overview:  Key Domestic and International Developments
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00-1:30  Beyond the Bounds
Ajay P. Malshe, PhD, Distinguished Professor, 21st Century Endowed Chair Professor of Materials, Manufacturing and System Integration Mechanical Engineering, MEEG 204, University of Arkansas

1:30-2:00  One Belt and One Road Initiative: Impact of  Huangdi Neijing and Nano Quantum Medicine
Carleton JC Hsia, PhD, Founder & CEO, AntiRadical Therapeutics LLC

2:00-2:30  Nanotechnology Investing: State of the Union 2018
Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange

2:30-3:00  Roadmap for Scaling up and Commercialization
Penelope T. Salmons, President/COO, Fibrtec Inc

3:00-3:30  Patents, Predictions, and Pivots: The Possibilities and Peril of Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship
Matthew Hull, PhD, Associate Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, NanoEarth – Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure / President/Founder, NanoSafe, Inc.

3:30-4:00  Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientist, Engineers, and Entrepreneur of Nanotechnology
Marco Curreli, PhD, Founder & Executive Director, Omni Nano

4:00-4:30  Nanometrology Horizon: Emergence of Terahertz Nano-imaging via Overcoming the Wavelength Barrier
Anis Rahman, PhD, President/CTO, Applied Research & Photonics, Inc

4:30-5:00  FBI: Economic Espionage Program

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBCA
vincent@nanobca.org

Click here to see Agenda from last year’s Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

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Our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference offers outstanding opportunities to connect with a diverse nanotechnology-related group of professionals in the heart of Washington DC.  We hope you will be able to join us!

Agenda Announcement: 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference 6/14 DC

Posted on June 9th, 2018 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s (NanoBCA) is excited announce the Agenda for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2018

CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

K&L Gates
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1600

REGISTER HERE $299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s event will feature experts from private industry, representatives from government agencies, and public policy leaders who will address the opportunities and challenges in the ongoing commercialization of nanotechnology-based products and nanomaterials.

Speakers for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENDA

8:00-9:00  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBCA
Paul Stimers, Partner, K&L Gates

9:30-10:00  Arpana Verma, PhD, Chief Science Officer, NanoMech Industries, Inc.

10:00-10:30  Doyle Edwards, Director, Government Programs, Brewer Science

10:30-11:00  Moving toward Abundance through Molecular Nanotechnology
Matthew Putman, PhD, CEO, Nanotronics Imaging

11:00-11:30  TSCA New Chemical Activities and Reporting Rule for Nanoscale Materials
Jim Alwood, Chemical Control Division, EPA

11:30-Noon  2018 EHS Regulatory  Overview:  Key Domestic and International Developments
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00-1:30  Beyond the Bounds
Ajay P. Malshe, PhD, Distinguished Professor, 21st Century Endowed Chair Professor of Materials, Manufacturing and System Integration Mechanical Engineering, MEEG 204, University of Arkansas

1:30-2:00  One Belt and One Road Initiative: Impact of  Huangdi Neijing and Nano Quantum Medicine
Carleton JC Hsia, PhD, Founder & CEO, AntiRadical Therapeutics LLC

2:00-2:30  Dmitri Aronov, General Manager OCSiAl USA, Business Development, OCSiAl LLC

2:30-3:00  Roadmap for Scaling up and Commercialization
Penelope T. Salmons, President/COO, Fibrtec Inc

3:00-3:30  Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientist, Engineers, and Entrepreneur of Nanotechnology
Marco Curreli, PhD, Founder & Executive Director, Omni Nano

3:30-4:00  Patents, Predictions, and Pivots: The Possibilities and Peril of Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship
Matthew Hull, PhD, Associate Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, NanoEarth – Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure / President/Founder, NanoSafe, Inc.

4:00-4:30  Nanometrology Horizon: Emergence of Terahertz Nano-imaging via Overcoming the Wavelength Barrier
Anis Rahman, PhD, President/CTO, Applied Research & Photonics, Inc

4:30-5:00  FBI: Economic Espionage Program

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBCA
vincent@nanobca.org

Click here to see Agenda from last year’s Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

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Our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference offers outstanding opportunities to connect with a diverse nanotechnology-related group of professionals in the heart of Washington DC.  We hope you will be able to join us!

Speaker Update: 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference 6/14 DC

Posted on June 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s (NanoBCA) is excited to share a Speaker Update for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2018

CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

K&L Gates
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1600

REGISTER HERE $299

This year’s event will feature experts from private industry, representatives from government agencies, and public policy leaders who will address the opportunities and challenges in the ongoing commercialization of nanotechnology-based products and nanomaterials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arpana Verma, PhD, Chief Science Officer, NanoMech Industries, Inc.

Doyle Edwards, Director, Government Programs, Brewer Science

Matthew Putman, PhD, CEO, Nanotronics Imaging

Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Penelope Salmons, President, Fibrtec Inc

Dmitri Aronov, General Manager OCSiAl USA, Business Development, OCSiAl LLC

Marco Curreli, PhD, Executive Director and Founder, Omni Nano

Ajay P. Malshe, PhD, Distinguished Professor, 21st Century Endowed Chair Professor of Materials, Manufacturing and System Integration, Mechanical Engineering, MEEG 204, University of Arkansas

Matthew Hull, PhD, Associate Director for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, NanoEarth, Virginia Tech

Carleton JC Hsia, PhD, Chairman & CEO, AntiRadical Therapeutics LLC

Anis Rahman, PhD, President/CTO, Applied Research & Photonics, Inc

FBI Representative

Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBCA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOTEL: Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington DC/Downtown
500 H Street NW
Washington DC 20001

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBCA
vincent@nanobca.org

Click here to see Agenda from last year’s Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

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Our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference offers outstanding opportunities to connect with a diverse nanotechnology-related group of professionals in the heart of Washington DC.  We hope you will be able to join us!

Speaker Announcement: 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference 6/14 DC

Posted on May 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is excited to share a Speaker Announcement for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2018

CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

K&L Gates
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1600

REGISTER HERE $299

This year’s event will feature experts from private industry, representatives from government agencies, and public policy leaders who will address the opportunities and challenges in the ongoing commercialization of nanotechnology-based products and nanomaterials.

Speakers for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference include:

Jim Phillips, Chairman & CEO, NanoMech Corporation

Doyle Edwards, Director, Government Programs, Brewer Science

Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Marco Curreli, PhD, Executive Director and Founder, Omni Nano

Lisa Friedersdorf, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Penelope Salmons, President, Fibrtec Inc

Carleton JC Hsia, PhD, Chairman & CEO, AntiRadical Therapeutics LLC

Anis Rahman, PhD, President/CTO, Applied Research & Photonics, Inc

FBI Representative

HOTEL: Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington DC/Downtown
500 H Street NW
Washington DC 20001

$269 – $279 per night

To reserve your room by phone: (888)-236-2427
Group names: Nano Conference or NAN

To reserve your room online:
Book your group rate for Nano Conference

Check-in: 6/13/18 Check-out: 6/15/18
Last day to book: 5/29/18

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBCA
vincent@nanobca.org

Click here to see Agenda from last year’s Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

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Our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference offers outstanding opportunities to connect with a diverse nanotechnology-related group of professionals in the heart of Washington DC. We hope you will be able to join us!

Posted on May 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

Final Agenda: Water 2.0 Conference 5/17 Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham NC

Posted on May 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

Today we would like to share the final agenda for our Water 2.0 Conference, located at Pfeiffer University in Raleigh-Durham NC on May 17th.   The theme of this year’s conference is “Digitally Connecting the Water Industry,” and will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
Thursday, May 17, 2018

$250 REGISTER TODAY

CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

 

Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham Campus
2880 Slater Road Suite 100
Morrisville, NC 27560

Attendees including water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA, will participate in presentations from such industry innovators as:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENDA

8:00-8:45  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00  Opening Remarks and Introductions

Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

Connecting Water: Higher Education’s Role in Driving New Innovation
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

9:00-9:30  Water 2.0 – Digitalization of the Water Industry – The Implementation of IIoT
Alan Hinchman, Chief Innovation Officer, GrayMatter Systems

9:30-10:00  The Age of Startup as a Service is Upon Us
Mark Modzelewski, General Manager, Treeline Interactive

10:00-10:30  How can listening to water pipes help manage risk and drive capital efficiency?
Paul Murray, P.Eng,  Product Manager – Pipe Condition Assessment, Mueller Company – Echologics

10:30-11:00  The Yadkin River Watershed: 300 Years of Building Problems
Brian Fannon, PhD, Yadkin Riverkeeper, Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc.

11:00-11:30  Supercritial Water Oxidation – The Sanitation Solution of the Future
Shelly Eisen Livneh, Product Marketing Manager, Supercritical Water Oxidation Lab, Duke University

11:30-Noon  A Wellspring of New Scientists: Transforming a Generation of Water Enthusiasts into Water Industrialists
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00-1:30  MicroEVAPTM: Moving Toward Zero Liquid Discharge – New Test Results
– Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies
– Matthew Hull, PhD, Associate Director for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, National Center for Earth & Environmental Nanotechnology (NanoEarth), Virginia Tech

1:30-2:00  Innovations in Food, Water and Cleaning our Future
– John Hounsell, Co-Founder, DeFoor Innovations LLC
– Nathan Defoor, Owner, DeFoor Innovations LLC

2:00-2:30  Digital Connectivity: Innovation and Insight that Leads to Economic Development and Sustainable Solutions
Missy Hayes, Director of Sales and Marketing, SplashLink

2:30-3:00  Smart Water Meets WIFIA – New Opportunities for Innovation
Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

3:00-3:30  Green Smart Cities in the 21st Century

Karina Mandell, Co-Founder, Green Smart Cities

3:30-4:00  Water Investing: State of the Union 2018
Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange

4:00-4:30  FBI: Economic Espionage Program

4:30-5:00  Large Scale Water Filters of Granulated Ceramics
Reid Harvey, Senior Scientist, TAM Ceramics

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Matt Malandro, Conference Manager matt@water2.org

Click here to see completed Water 2.0 events.

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I hope you will be able to join us in Raleigh-Durham on May 17th!

The 17th Annuall NanoBCA Conference is Coming Up!

Posted on May 10th, 2018 | No Comments »

Register today! www.NanoBCA.org/register

Speaker Update: Water 2.0 Conference – May 17th Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham NC

Posted on May 3rd, 2018 | No Comments »

Today we would like to announce a speaker update for our Water 2.0 Conference, located at Pfeiffer University in Raleigh-Durham NC on May 17th.   The theme of this year’s conference is “Digitally Connecting the Water Industry,” and will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
Thursday, May 17, 2018

$250 REGISTER TODAY

CONFERENCE LOCATION

 

 

 

Pfeiffer University Raleigh-Durham Campus
2880 Slater Road Suite 100
Morrisville, NC 27560

 

 

 

 

 

Attendees including water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA, will participate in presentations from such industry innovators as:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

Alan Hinchman, Chief Innovation Officer, Gray Matter Systems

Mark Modzelewski, General Manager, Treeline Interactive

Brian Fannon, Yadkin Riverkeeper

Shelly Eisen Livneh, Product Marketing Manager, Supercritical Water Oxidation Lab, Duke University

Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies

Matthew Hull, PhD, Associate Director for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, National Center for Earth & Environmental Nanotechnology (NanoEarth), Virginia Tech

Missy Hayes, Director of Sales and Marketing, SplashLink

Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Jeremy J. Roberts, General Manager & Executive Director, Green Button Alliance

Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange

In addition, there will be a session titled “FBI: Economic Espionage Program.”

We are honored to have Technologists such as Alan Hinchman of Gray Matter Systems, Mark Modzelewski of Treeline Interactive, Karen Sorber of Micronic Technologies and Erik Hromadka of Global Water Technologies. They are implementing the digitization of the Water Industry on a daily basis. Our Speakers are the hearts and minds of the Smart Cities movement.

Dr. Kenneth Russell, VP Digital Transformation and CIO of Pfeiffer University said, “Today’s learners have experienced water is so many ways – as fuel for life, as a catalyst for fun and sport – and especially as a valued resource to protect and conserve.  But today’s learners also want to know how they can participate and contribute to the industry of water – how to be great stewards while being able to advance a meaningful career.”

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Matt Malandro, Conference Manager matt@water2.org

Click here to see completed Water 2.0 events.

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I hope you will be able to join us in Raleigh-Durham on May 17th!

Save the Date: 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference 6/14 DC

Posted on April 24th, 2018 | No Comments »

Today, we are excited to announce the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s(NanoBCA) return to Washington DC for our 17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference!

 

 

 

 

17th Annual NanoBusiness Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2018
K&L Gates Washington DC

REGISTER HERE $299

This year’s event will feature experts from private industry, representatives from government agencies, and public policy leaders who will address the opportunities and challenges in the ongoing commercialization of nanotechnology-based products and nanomaterials.

It has been an honor to serve this unique scientific and engineering community since its inception 17 years ago.  It has been a labor of love to see our community continue to grow, with organizations that had no employees 10 years ago expand to have 100 employees today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our community includes Ajay Malshe, Executive Vice President , CTO and Founder of NanoMech, who was elected recently to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious professional distinctions awarded to an engineer.  Dr. Malshe said, “Vincent Caprio and I met 15 years ago during one of NanoBCA’s many Public Policy tours in Washington, DC.  Since then, it’s been my pleasure to participate in his stellar series of events, as each provides a high-value experience for every attendee.  I’m looking forward to meeting with the community once again in DC this June.”

Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of legal firm Bergeson & Campbell PC, is a regular speaker at the event, and observed that “the 2018 NanoBCA Conference will deliver, as this unique conference always does, on providing high quality, relevant, and up to the minute policy, legal, and regulatory developments pertinent to the nano community.  The NanoBCA Conference is THE conference that offers something for everyone—scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers, and all components of the value chain.”

Our annual NanoBusiness Conference offers outstanding opportunities to connect with a diverse nanotechnology-related group of professionals in the heart of Washington DC.  We hope you will be able to join us!

COFES Institute Interview with Ping Fu, Technologist, Entrepreneur and Author; Executive Chairman at Gelsight

Posted on April 9th, 2018 | No Comments »

Steve Waite: It is wonderful to speak with you today, Ping. You have accomplished some great things in your long and distinguished career. Tell us a bit little about your background.

Ping Fu: My journey began back in China. I was a maker of things. When I was young I didn’t go through the normal education process. I worked a lot in the factory.

SW: How did you end up coming to America?

PF: Although I was a maker, I had aspirations of being a journalist in China. I was studying Chinese literature and working on my thesis. I wanted to be a reporter. My journalism clashed with the powers that be. The authorities gave me a choice: I could leave the country or be sent away to a far remote village. I thought leaving would be a better option of the two.

SW: I see. Where did you begin your journey when you arrived in America?

PF: I started at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I did not speak much English and had to learn the language. I was aiming to study English literature and quickly realized my English language skills were too poor to continue that line of study. I saw that I could study computer science. It was a new field. At the time in the early 1980s, there weren’t any women in the field. I convinced myself that instead of writing essays on Montague, I would instead write code for the future not yet imagined. I got into computers very early.

SW: What type of programming did you do back in the day?

PF: I started with Basic, then did Fortran and Pascal. When I left the University of New Mexico in 1986, I went to UC San Diego and learned C++ while I was there. I was working with an entrepreneur named Len Sherman. We met one day while I was walking on the beach. He had a software company. He brought me on board to work with him while I was studying outside of UCSD and trying to get into school there. Working with Len was my first exposure to entrepreneurship.

SW: So you had the best of both worlds in San Diego, working with an entrepreneur while pursuing a degree in computer science.

PF: Yes. Len wanted me to stay with his company. I got an offer to work at Bell Labs in Illinois. That offer came with free education for graduate school. This was in 1988. I saw the offer as a great opportunity. In China, the only company we knew was Bell Labs. I ended up moving to Illinois and working at Bell Labs from 1988 to 1991. I worked on the seven layers of Internet Protocol, ISDN and real-time telephony. This was the early days of digital communications technology, when central switching was transitioning to packet switching.

Digital switching is literally distributed computing. Bell Labs couldn’t use the old database. They needed a new relational database. Bell Labs had invented C++ for object-oriented programming. As I mentioned, I had used C++ back in San Diego with Len’s company to do relational database work. I had the exact skillset Bell Labs was looking for at the time. When I got hired by Bell Labs, C++ wasn’t being taught yet. I was among a small group of people that knew how to program in that language.

SW: I see. So it was from moving to Bell Labs in Illinois that you ended up working with Larry Smarr and Marc Andreessen at NCSA and becoming immersed in software design.

PF:  Yes. I got a job at NCSA as Director of Visualization. At that time computer graphics was emerging. I was excited about it. I realized at Bell Labs that what I excelled at was software design and not programming. At the time, software design was not taught in school. I made myself good at it. There’s an artistic and scientific technical aspect to software design that resonates strongly with me.

I have always approached software design from thinking about its relevance and how people will use it. It is similar to writing. When you write something, it’s all about the readership. That’s how I approach software design. Design is all about the experience of the user and delivering software that people can use. Software design is where art meets science, and that is one of the reasons I went to NCSA. I love the creativity and rigor associated with software design. They go hand in hand.

SW: What were some of the major accomplishments of you and your talented colleagues at NCSA?

PF: The first project I got to work on at NCSA was Terminator 2: Judgment Day. I was really excited about working on this project. I was willing to work on this without being paid. In fact, I took a big pay cut from Bell Labs to work at NCSA, but I was very excited about the opportunity to work on projects like Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

We also did pioneering work in distributed computing. The two major technologies to emerge from our work distributive computing at NCSA were the Mosaic browser that evolved into Netscape, Internet Explorer and Firefox, and HTTP Server. The software developed at NCSA was a true team effort that came out of the interdisciplinary, collective intelligence culture that Larry Smarr cultivated at NCSA.

SW: Those were indeed major accomplishments! Congratulations on some fine work with some first-rate computer science minds. As interesting and rewarding as the work was at NCSA, you had more entrepreneurial things to accomplish in your career. Tell us about the opportunity you saw when you founded Geomagic.

PF: When Marc Andreessen and a few others started Netscape, I went to Hong Kong to help deploy a mini supercomputing center before Hong Kong went back to China. While I was there, I ended up helping some people start Hong Kong Supernet, which became the largest internet provider in Southeast Asia. When I returned to the U.S., Netscape went public and the University of Illinois got energized by what was going on and began bringing in venture capitalists and business development people to look for the next killer app. I had a baby at the time and wanted to be a mother. What happened is that I saw a demo of a 3D printer from 3D Systems. I was hooked instantly because of my makers background. I was fascinated by a machine being able to print something out.

In speaking with the people at 3D Systems, I realized there wasn’t any good software developed for a 3D printer. There was CAD software, but there were difficulties interoperating with a 3D printer. I saw a major opportunity to design software for 3D printers and founded Geomagic to pursue the opportunity. Through some research, I discovered that there were hundreds of 3D scanners that didn’t have good software. I had the idea of writing software that connected 3D scanners with 3D printers. I thought this could be real breakthrough. It was one of those “Ah ha!” moments. I also had the idea of a 3D Facsimile machine.

SW: That sounds like the Replicator technology on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

PF: (laughing) Yes! That’s how I pitched the technology.

SW: At a time when the world is going dot.com, you begin doing pioneering 3D design software development at Geomagic that ultimately leads back to 3D Systems through an acquisition in 2012. Fascinating how things work out. All of your hard work at Geomagic has brought us to an exciting juncture with 3D printing.

PF: Yes. It has been an interesting journey. At the time I started Geomagic, I had no idea how difficult it would be to do what I envisioned. We have come a long way and I’m excited about where things are going.

SW: There is plenty to be excited about today with respect to 3D printing. What innovative 3D software design technologies look intriguing to you today?

PF: I am very excited about two things. One is the concept of ‘resilience design’ versus ‘robust design.’ Resilience design is not about designing something that never fails, but designing with known failure characteristics that can be repaired very quickly. With this type of design process, you confront failure head on and incorporate it into the design. You anticipate failure and seek ways to rapidly address the failures. I view this as more of a modern design concept. It was used, for example, with the San Francisco Bay Bridge design. We are incorporating resilience design in The Long Now Foundation, which is led by Stewart Brand. When you think about it, the 3D printing process itself is the ultimate resilience design.

The other thing I’m really excited about is machine learning, which I think of as interchangeable with Artificial Intelligence. I think the intersection of machine learning with human learning is an exciting area. We can outsource part of our brain to machines, which perform certain functions better than humans. This frees up humans to do things that machines aren’t good at doing.

Imagine how much better the design will be. Right now we stuff our brains with a lot of things that are tedious and we don’t particularly enjoy doing. Machines can do these types of things. They don’t care. We know that if you talk to the best designers they will say, if you let me design once, I will give you a good design. If you allow me to iterate ten times, I will not only give you a great design, I will also make it cheaper and better. With machine learning technology, we get speed and scale, which are important from a design perspective. Machines can present to us different designs and handle all of the tedious stuff very quickly and free up human creative time to create better designs. I’m very excited about this.

SW: We are too, Ping! We look forward to listening to you speak more about this topic at the upcoming COFES event. Thank you very much for your time today. It has been wonderful spending time with you.