COFES Institute Interview with Brad Holtz

Posted on October 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

Today we are proud to announce our inaugural COFES Institute newsletter.  We will be interviewing visionaries and thought leaders from our community.  Our first interview is with Brad Holtz, co-founder of COFES.

Brad Holtz
Since 1999, as co-founder and CEO of Cyon Research Corp., Brad built and led a team of industry analysts focused on the field of software for design and engineering. In that role, he also led the creation of COFES: Congress on the Future of Engineering Software.

 

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COFES Institute Interview with Brad Holtz
September 2017

SW: Hello Brad! We are delighted you could spend some time with us today. There’s quite a bit to discuss so let’s jump right into it. First off, I wanted to get your thoughts on the transition to human-assisted design, which is the theme of COFES 2018. Can you give us a little context of how we got to where we today?

BH: Sure. We have seen an evolution in CAD that has progressed from mainframes in the 1960’s, to mini computers in the ‘70s, to workstations in the ‘80s, and on to microcomputers/PCs from the 90’s on. Our CAD software tools have evolved along with the hardware, eventually leading us to generative design tools and the advent of Human-Aided Design, which is what we are on the verge of today. With Generative design, an architect or engineer can quickly evaluate hundreds of automatically generated design alternatives. These alternatives can be tested and tweaked to kick off a next round of iterations. Designers learn from each iteration what works and what does not. The generative design process also enables designers to create options that would not have been otherwise possible, coming much closer to an optimal design. Generative design is one of the first steps of human-aided design. In the big picture, human-aided design is changing the relationship between who is doing the creation, where the creation is happening, and where the judgment is happening.

SW: Interesting. What is the next part of the evolution in generative design?

BH: The next part is when we start adding cognitive analysis and related tools to our CAD systems. This part involves engineers talking with and interacting with their computers to achieve a desired design.  The computer is doing the designing, led through human interaction, as opposed to the other way around. It is a 180-degree shift.

SW:  They did this kind of design engineering on an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

BH:  Yes, this type of engineering was the domain of science fiction, but no longer. We are now at the stage where we can actually do it. We’ve seen huge leaps in processing and storage technology over the past couple of decades.

SW: Yes, we certainly have! So we are in an age of generative design and making a transition to human-aided design that once was the domain of science fiction.

BH: That’s right. We have most of the tools today necessary to accomplish what I’m talking about. But they’re not coordinated or all in the same place yet. Software developers need to understand what it is they should deliver and how they want to deliver it, and then take these technologies and then figure out where they want to apply them. For example, where do we want to apply machine learning? That’s really the key. We have all the tools in the toolbox we need.  That, of course, doesn’t mean that we can do it yet. We have to go out and start down the road of not so much automating, but adding cognitive technologies and intuition and interpretation into our systems. The vendors in this industry have the ability to do this now. The software exists to do it.

SW: I see. What role do you envision COFES playing in this evolution toward human-aided design?

BH: When my colleagues and I founded COFES in fall of 1999 we first did a formal summit at the Palmer House in Chicago with sixty-four people. It was very well received. That gave us basically the green light to go ahead with COFES, which is the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software.  When we did the summit, the purpose of the summit was to follow the ideas from the great summits in chemistry and physics at the turn of the previous century because we were at the turn of this century. We said, “Ok, let’s get the leaders of this industry together and talk about what are the big issues of the day.” And that’s what we did. And that evolved into a congress discussion talking about these big issues. The guiding principals of COFES from my standpoint have always been to foster collaboration and communication with the intent of pushing the industry as a whole to serve its customers better, faster.

SW: A very commendable endeavor, indeed. Bravo!

BH: Thanks. When we launched COFES we wanted to make an impact. It was never about the money. Look at the things that came out of COFES. There’s the 3D PDF Consortium. Magic Leap was conceived at COFES. Intel’s Larabee architecture, came from chat between Jon Peddie and Omid Moghadam at COFES back in 2003. And there have been a large number of acquisitions that have taken place because of introductions that have happened at COFES. There have been a lot of long-term relationships formed at COFES. There have been companies that have been funded as a result of being at COFES. COFES has been fostering a long look at the future. COFES is that time in the calendar when you can pick your head up out of your day-to-day rut and take a longer term view. That’s what COFES has been about.

SW: That’s wonderful, Brad. How do you see COFES evolving going forward?

BH: Cyon Research donated COFES to the newly formed non-profit, COFES Institute this year, with the goal to take COFES to the next level. I’ve taken COFES about as far as I can take it, personally. I felt it was time to move it forward for the next generation, with new ideas and new blood, putting COFES on a firm foundation where it can grow for the long term. And I’m not walking away from COFES. I’ll still be there, still supporting it behind the scenes and still guiding it. But I won’t be driving it. With the COFES Institute taking control of the event, I’ve offloaded most the enormous amount of time I’ve been required to commit to the event. I will still be at COFES as moderator. I will still be engaged in providing advice behind-the-scenes and coaching the new team as they move forward. But, I’m not the one who will be driving it. I will be very engaged, but it will be other people pushing it forward and a next generation driving the vision for future generations. That’s really what the event needs to go on for the next eighteen years.

SW: Well it is terrific to know that you will be involved in COFES going forward. We spoke at the end of last year about your vision of COFES going forward. You wanted to build out the community through a membership organization.

BH: Yes. Community building is important to how I see COFES evolving in the future. We’ve invested six-figures in producing video and audio from COFES to make available to the general public. There are literally hundreds of hours of video and audio that are up on the website. Cyon Research hasn’t had the focus or resources to publicize that. It’s been free for everybody for a long time. One of the things the COFES Institute will be able to do is push these assets to the broader community –to let people know that the content is out there. They can also spend the time to index it so that it can achieve greater reach and they can work with the COFES community to add richness and provide ongoing value through evolving into a membership organization that continue with the goals of COFES.

It seems to me that a membership organization is the right direction to go in. It doesn’t need to be painful to be a member in terms of costs, but there should be some significant value to being part of this community.  We also want to bring other voices in here, particularly voices of future superstars from the next generations. The COFES Institute will continue our efforts of proactively identifying who are the likely leaders of the next generation – trying to spotlight them, bring them to the event, and have their voices heard earlier, and also to get them connected with people who can accelerate their career.

SW: Very good, Brad. Let’s talk about the next generation. What are some of the things they are doing that get you excited?

BH: You’d be hard pressed to find anyone under 50 who started in the era of drafting boards. When I started college, we still used slide rules – calculators didn’t come until later. The generation after me had calculators. The generation after that had computers. And the generation after that had iPhones. The current generation has more computational power in their pocket than the most powerful computers in the world from the time I was in school.

SW: When I think about the next generation, I think of VR, AR, AI, Machine Learning, Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. How do you see these fitting in with COFES going forward?

BH: Well, all of these technologies have been part of the conversations at COFES for a very long time. They haven’t been center stage at COFES, but they are evolving from the sidelines toward the center stage. In 2002, we had Eric Drexler talking about nanotechnology. In 2004 we had John Koza talking about genetic programming. Six years ago we had a talk about storing data reliably for eons, encoding the data in gut bacteria DNA. The whole idea here is not to get people to change, but to get the industry’s leaders -the people who create the tools for the people who create the world – to start thinking about these things years in advance.  What we are trying do to is to influence the context of the conversation.

SW: That’s refreshing to hear. Let’s wrap this interview up by returning to theme of COFES 2018 and the transition from human-centric to human-assisted design. What role do you see the emerging technologies associated with the current generation playing? 

BH: The transition underway is from humans doing everything and being helped by a computer, to human-assisted, where the computer is our right hand, so to speak, and can do things and generate ideas for us where we are making decisions based on information that is presented to us based on queries.

SW: That’s a huge leap. Please continue.

BH: Yes. It is a major leap, and we are just at the very beginning of what will be a very long path. And so what we are trying to do now is to have this conversation up front about where we want to go so that the people who are helping us get to where we want to go can start thinking about it in ways that are constructive. We are in that exploration stage.

Now, any time we go through these major transitions there is huge difference between what is possible, what is practical, and what is pervasive. We are dangling with what is possible at COFES. Some people at the leading edge are using portions of this in a way that is practical; particularly if we are talking about specific, isolated things like external facades on a building or the structure for a chair or a crash structure, if you will. In the beginning we were using computer-aided drafting to do building perimeters and cores. This took a dozen or two years before it was pervasive. Think about it as a generation.

With respect to the major trends, there is VR and AR; there is Machine Learning and New Manufacturing, which includes Additive and Multi-mode manufacturing. Multi-mode is additive and subtractive together.  VR is allowing us to explore a concept in the computer separated from the real world. Augmented reality, or what some people refer to as mixed reality, is an overlay of information on top of the real world. Those are two very different things. I think of VR is going to make a change in the way we think about things. AR is going to change the way we do things and interact with them. Machine learning and cognitive systems are tools that replace our cognitive load and allow us to focus on other things and enable us to do things that would not have been possible before. New Manufacturing allows us to create things that could not have been done before; it allows us to create things where they could not have been created before.  It allows us to change the iterative loop between how things are created and when and where they are created and allows us to directly go from the computer to a physical object that I can hold in my hand, as opposed to VR which allows me to create a physical object I can see and with haptics I think I can touch.

SW: Good stuff, Brad! We’re looking forward to discussing these things further at COFES 2018. For our last interview question, what are the two or three most important things you have learned or experienced since you have been part of the COFES community?

BH: (long pause…) There are so many ideas that we have brought to COFES. One of the most important things I’ve learned is the value of communicating with your competitors, or put another way, the value of a beer with a competitor at the pool.  There aren’t many places where you can go and sit around the pool with a beer with the people you are competing against in the marketplace the rest of the year. At COFES there is the ability to talk about things that are so far in the future that they aren’t in the competitive landscape. They can make a difference for everyone.  The other thing is the value of identifying the areas that are not competitive advantage. That’s one of the things we’ve done and focused on at COFES. That is, how do we get the community to do things as a community when there is no competitive advantage and a significant cost for each of the members of the community to do it on their own? We know that companies within industries are all about getting a competitive advantage and building customer relationships, but not everything is competitive advantage. Some things just need to exist. The 3D PDF Consortium is one of those ideas that came as a result of this.

Let me just add this: I’d like anyone reading this to pay attention to and be on the lookout for the people who are going to be making a name for themselves – our future superstars. Tell us about them. Let work together on getting them to COFES and let’s get their careers accelerated. I’ll be working behind the scenes with the COFES Institute to help recruit the next generation of leaders in our industry.

SW: Cheers to that, Brad! We thank you for your time today. It has been a pleasure, as always, speaking with you. We look forward to seeing you at COFES 2018.

BH: You are welcome. I’m looking forward to the event.

Steve Waite is a member of the COFES Institute Advisory Board. He is the author of several books, including Quantum Investing and Venture Investing in Science.

 

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I hope you enjoyed our first newsletter.  I would like to thank Brad and Steve for their participation in the interview.

Water 2.0 Conference – Oct 4-5 Pfeiffer University Charlotte NC

Posted on September 26th, 2017 | No Comments »

WATER: SAFETY AND SUPPLY
— Using Emerging Technologies to Update and Repair Water Infrastructure —

Water. So basic and so necessary, but a steady supply of safe drinking water could be at risk. Storms, floods, contamination, cyber-attacks, and terrorism are just some of the things that threaten our safe, potent water supply.

Water 2.0 Series brings together experts, to help utilities and the water industry protect our current water supply, and ensure the continued availability of “good” water.

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

The Conference Registration Fee was $250. Click if you want to sign up to learn more about the next Water 2.0 Conferences

What: Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry

When: October 4-5, 2017

Where: 

Wednesday, October 4th Location
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte NC 28209                                            

Thursday, October 5th Location
Pfeiffer University
Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
48380 US-52
Misenheimer NC 28109

The first day of our conference is primarily geared toward water industry professionals.  The second day is less technical in regard to the water industry.  Some of the speakers from the first day will be repeated and the content will be directed towards students, financial, computer science and legal professionals who want to gain a general knowledge about the water industry.

Speakers for the Charlotte Water 2.0 Conference include:

Full list of speakers and agenda at www.water2.org.

Allison Chinchar, CNN Meteorologist
Adam Tank, GE Ventures
Alan Hinchman, Gray Matter Systems
Paul Gifford, Mueller Co.
Ken Russell, PhD, Pfeiffer University
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 

Vincent Caprio, with Water 2.0, says “Water has become a hot topic again, in part because of recent news stories – like hurricane flooding, or the contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.” He adds, “Keeping our water supply safe and in abundance always has been an issue for those in the industry.”

Regarding the water supply and storms, CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar says “As we’ve seen with even the most recent hurricane season, as well as other severe storms, our precious drinking water supply can become contaminated and unusable for large areas – requiring bottled water to be brought in, or treating the contaminated water by boiling or with chemicals — all this while other areas suffer drought and water shortages.”

Dr. Ken Russell, with Pfeiffer University, says “Climate Change, Population Growth/Migration Patterns, Technology Advances (sensors, infrastructure, and access to data) all impact the water industry. At Pfeiffer, we pride ourselves on having relevant curricula for our students; the digital transformation of water systems — including automation and high performance computing — creates new and innovative learning environments and career opportunities for young scientists and water advocates.  More than just updating and learning to repair water infrastructure, our students will be well positioned at the forefront of leading edge water solutions and systems.”

More about Water 2.0
The mission of the Water 2.0 Conference Series is to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to solve and repair water infrastructure problems.  Water 2.0 is a joint venture with the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) and Pfeiffer University.

Additional Information:

Agenda, Speakers, Location, Registration, Info www.water2.org

Allison Chinchar, Meteorologist at CNN/HLN/CNN International. She considers herself a pluviophile who loves clouds, space, and animals. She earned her B.S. in Meteorology from The Ohio State University.

Adam Tank, Founder & CEO of Industrial Optic (a GE Ventures backed corporate spin-out)
Knowledgeable on submersible robots used for the inspection and repair of water pipelines. He will discuss Waterworld: The Hunt for What Lies Beneath.

Alan Hinchman, Vice President, Gray Matter Systems
Expert on the effects of flooding on water treatment centers.

Paul Gifford, Director R&D, Mueller Co. LLC

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

Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director and Conference Chair

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Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
vincent@water2.org

Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte on October 4th and 5th!

Final Agenda: Water 2.0 Conference – Oct 4-5 Pfeiffer University Charlotte NC

Posted on September 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 is excited to announce the final agenda for our:

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
October 4-5, 2017 – Charlotte NC

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

$250 REGISTER TODAY

Allison Chinchar, noted Meteorologist with CNN, will be speaking on the topic of flooding at our Water 2.0 Charlotte event.

During the past 10 years Water 2.0 has been discussing flooding at our conferences.  Alan Hinchman, Vice President of Gray Matter Systems spoke about the effects of flooding on water treatment centers at our Water 2.0 April event.

TECHHUB: Anheuser-Busch Steps Up After Hurricane, Manufacturing & Digital Transformation and WEFTEC

Speakers for the Charlotte Water 2.0 Conference include:

The first day of our conference is primarily geared toward water industry professionals.  The second day is less technical in regard to the water industry.  Some of the speakers from the first day will be repeated and the content will be directed towards students, financial, computer science and legal professionals who want to gain a general knowledge about the water industry.

DAY 1 AGENDA – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 4th Location
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte NC 28209

8:00-8:45  Registration & Continental Breakfast                                             

8:45-9:00  Opening Remarks and Introductions

Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair
Colleen Perry Keith, PhD, President, Pfeiffer University
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

9:00-9:45  Water 2.0 – Digitalization of the Water Industry
Alan Hinchman, Vice President, Gray Matter Systems

9:45-10:30  Why Monitor the Water Distribution System?
Paul Gifford, Director R&D, Mueller Co., LLC

10:30-11:15  Waterworld: The Hunt for What Lies Beneath
Adam Tank, Startup Founder & CEO, GE Ventures

11:15-Noon  Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
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  FBI: Economic Espionage Program

1:30-2:00  Get Social: Connecting water resources and increasing the flow of knowledge
Becky Scott, Program Manager, Cisco.com Digital Support Experience (CDSX)

2:00-2:30  Zero Liquid Discharge: Pressure Relief for WWTPs
Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies

2:30-3:00  The SMART Solution to Real-Time Performance Optimization & Fouling Management of Membrane Desalination Plants
Mohamad Amin Saad, President & Principal Consultant/Trainer, MASAR Technologies Inc.

3:00-3:30  Smart Water Meets Smart Cities
Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

3:30-4:00  Improving Water Quality through Advanced Composites
Charles “Charlie” Gause, Cofounder, Acting CEO & President, Triad Growth Partners

4:00-4:30  Allison Chinchar, Meteorologist, CNN International Weather Team

4:30-5:00  Water Investing: State of the Union 2017
Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

DAY 2 AGENDA – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

Thursday, October 5th Location
Pfeiffer University
Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
48380 US-52
Misenheimer NC 28109

8:00-8:45  Registration & Continental Breakfast                                             

8:45-8:50  Introductions
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

8:50-9:15  Opening Remarks
Colleen Perry Keith, PhD, President, Pfeiffer University

9:15-10:00  Us vs. Mother Nature:  The Fight Over Water
Carrie DeJaco, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Pfeiffer University

10:00-10:45  The SMART Solution to Real-Time Performance Optimization & Fouling Management of Membrane Desalination Plants
Mohamad Amin Saad, President & Principal Consultant/Trainer, MASAR Technologies Inc.

10:45-11:30  Get Social: Connecting water resources and increasing the flow of knowledge
Becky Scott, Program Manager, Cisco.com Digital Support Experience (CDSX)

11:30-12:15  Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

12:15-1:15  Lunch

1:15-2:00  The $620 Billion Water Industry
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

2:00-2:45  Water Monitoring in the Information Age
Jason Emory, Professor of Chemistry, Pfeiffer University

2:45-3:30  The State of American Water Infrastructure – Roundtable
Vincent Caprio
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD
Carrie DeJaco, PhD
Becky Scott

Our event will be hosted on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Our Conference Chairman is Dr. Kenneth E. Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation and CIO at Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge.

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
vincent@water2.org

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WATER NEWS

GrayMatter is a finalist for Solution Provider of the Year, Innovative Technology, with CEO Jim Gillespie a finalist for CEO of the Year
Pittsburgh Business Times

New Resources buys water technology consultant firm
Milwaukee Business Journal

SplashLink partners with Pipeline H2O to provide access to online water marketplace
WaterWorld

Vitev launches the latest innovation in alkaline water technology – ultra-filtration alkaline water filters
PRweb

APNewsBreak: California wants millions to fund water project
ABC News

Hack to the future: HopHacks challenges students to solve problems using technology
HUB

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WATER EVENTS

Shale Insight – A Shale Coalition Conference
September 27-28, 2017
David L Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh PA

WEFTEC 2017
The Water Quality Event
September 30 – October 4, 2017
Chicago IL

Minds + Machines
GE Digital – The Premier Industrial Internet Event
October 25-26, 2017
Moscone West, San Francisco

Keeping History Above Water Conference
October 29- November 1, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

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Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte on October 4th and 5th!

 

Agenda Update: Water 2.0 Conference – Oct 4-5 Pfeiffer University Charlotte NC

Posted on September 18th, 2017 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 would like to share an agenda update for our:

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
October 4-5, 2017 – Charlotte NC

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

$250 REGISTER TODAY

Allison Chinchar, noted Meteorologist with CNN, will be speaking on the topic of flooding at our Water 2.0 Charlotte event.

During the past 10 years Water 2.0 has been discussing flooding at our conferences.  Alan Hinchman, Vice President of Gray Matter Systems spoke about the effects of flooding on water treatment centers at our Water 2.0 April event.

TECHHUB: Anheuser-Busch Steps Up After Hurricane, Manufacturing & Digital Transformation and WEFTEC

Speakers for the Charlotte Water 2.0 Conference include:

The first day of our conference is primarily geared toward water industry professionals.  The second day is less technical in regard to the water industry.  Some of the speakers from the first day will be repeated and the content will be directed towards students, financial, computer science and legal professionals who want to gain a general knowledge about the water industry.

DAY 1 AGENDA – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 4th Location
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte NC 28209

8:00-8:45  Registration & Continental Breakfast                                             

8:45-9:00  Opening Remarks and Introductions
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair
Colleen Perry Keith, PhD, President, Pfeiffer University
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

9:00-9:45  Water 2.0 – Digitalization of the Water Industry
Alan Hinchman, Vice President, Gray Matter Systems

9:45-10:30  Why Monitor the Water Distribution System?
Paul Gifford, Director R&D, Mueller Co., LLC

10:30-11:15  Waterworld: The Hunt for What Lies Beneath
Adam Tank, Startup Founder & CEO, GE Ventures

11:15-Noon  Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
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  FBI: Economic Espionage Program

1:30-2:00  Becky Scott, Program Manager, Cisco.com Digital Support Experience (CDSX)

2:00-2:30  Zero Liquid Discharge: Pressure Relief for WWTPs
Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies

2:30-3:00  The SMART Solution to Real-Time Performance Optimization & Fouling Management of Membrane Desalination Plants
Mohamad Amin Saad, President & Principal Consultant/Trainer, MASAR Technologies Inc.

3:00-3:30  Smart Water Meets Smart Cities
Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

3:30-4:00  Improving Water Quality through Advanced Composites
Charles “Charlie” Gause, Cofounder, Acting CEO & President, Triad Growth Partners

4:00-4:30  Allison Chinchar, Meteorologist, CNN International Weather Team

4:30-5:00  Water Investing: State of the Union 2017
Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

DAY 2 AGENDA – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

Thursday, October 5th Location
Pfeiffer University
Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
48380 US-52
Misenheimer NC 28109

8:00-8:45  Registration & Continental Breakfast                                             

8:45-8:50  Introductions
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

8:50-9:15  Opening Remarks
Colleen Perry Keith, PhD, President, Pfeiffer University

9:15-10:00  Us vs. Mother Nature:  The Fight Over Water
Carrie DeJaco, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Pfeiffer University

10:00-10:45  The SMART Solution to Real-Time Performance Optimization & Fouling Management of Membrane Desalination Plants
Mohamad Amin Saad, President & Principal Consultant/Trainer, MASAR Technologies Inc.

10:45-11:30  Becky Scott, Program Manager, Cisco.com Digital Support Experience (CDSX)

11:30-12:15  Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge

12:15-1:15  Lunch

1:15-2:00  The $620 Billion Water Industry
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

2:00-2:45  Jason Emory, Professor of Chemistry, Pfeiffer University

2:45-3:30  The State of American Water Infrastructure – Roundtable
Vincent Caprio
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD
Carrie DeJaco, PhD
Becky Scott

Our event will be hosted on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Our Conference Chairman is Dr. Kenneth E. Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation and CIO at Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge.

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Vincent Caprio
vincent@water2.org

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WATER EVENTS

Shale Insight – A Shale Coalition Conference
September 27-28, 2017
David L Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh PA

WEFTEC 2017
The Water Quality Event
September 30 – October 4, 2017
Chicago IL

Minds + Machines
GE Digital – The Premier Industrial Internet Event
October 25-26, 2017
Moscone West, San Francisco

Keeping History Above Water Conference
October 29- November 1, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

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Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte on October 4th and 5th!

Agenda Announcement: Water 2.0 Conference – Oct 4-5 Pfeiffer University Charlotte NC

Posted on September 5th, 2017 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 is excited to announce the agenda for our:

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
October 4-5, 2017 – Charlotte NC

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

$250 REGISTER TODAY

Speakers for the Charlotte Water 2.0 Conference include:

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

9:00-9:45  Water 2.0 – Digitalization of the Water Industry
Alan Hinchman, Vice President, Gray Matter Systems

9:45-10:30  Paul Gifford, Director R&D, Mueller Co., LLC

10:30-11:15  Waterworld: The Hunt for What Lies Beneath
Adam Tank, Startup Founder & CEO, GE Ventures

11:15-Noon  Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
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  FBI: Economic Espionage Program

1:30-2:00  Becky Scott, Program Manager, Cisco.com Digital Support Experience (CDSX)

2:00-2:30  Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies

2:30-3:00  Stephen Spoonamore, CEO, eSurface Inc./Co-Founder and Board Member, ABSMaterials Inc.

3:00-3:30  Smart Water Meets Smart Cities
Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

3:30-4:00  Improving Water Quality through Advanced Composites
Charles “Charlie” Gause, Cofounder, Acting CEO & President, Triad Growth Partners

4:00-4:30  Allison Chinchar, Meteorologist, CNN International Weather Team

4:30-5:00  Water Investing: State of the Union 2017
Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

Our event will be hosted on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Our Conference Chairman is Dr. Kenneth E. Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation and CIO at Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge.

CONFERENCE LOCATIONS

Wednesday, October 4th Location
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte NC 28209

Thursday, October 5th Location
Pfeiffer University
Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
48380 US-52
Misenheimer NC 28109

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
vincent@water2.org

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WATER NEWS

Harvey could be costliest disaster in US history
New York Post

Here are the worst hurricanes and floods in U.S. history
USA Today

The “500-year” flood, explained: why Houston was so underprepared for Hurricane Harvey
Vox

1,000 more Guard troops activated as ‘unprecedented’ flooding swamps Houston from Harvey
USA Today

Catastrophic flooding ‘beyond anything experienced’ in Houston and ‘expected to worsen’
The Washington Post

Houston flood: Tropical Storm Harvey’s worst case scenario is being realized
Mashable

Senator Baldwin to Join National Showcase of Milwaukee’s Water Tech Industry
Milwaukee Independent

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WATER EVENTS

Massachusetts Water Week
New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN)
September 11-18, 2017

Shale Insight – A Shale Coalition Conference
September 27-28, 2017
David L Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh PA

WEFTEC 2017
The Water Quality Event
September 30 – October 4, 2017
Chicago IL

Minds + Machines
GE Digital – The Premier Industrial Internet Event
October 25-26, 2017
Moscone West, San Francisco

Keeping History Above Water Conference
October 29- November 1, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

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Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte on October 4th and 5th!

Speaker Update: Water 2.0 Conference – Oct 4-5 Pfeiffer University Charlotte NC

Posted on August 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 would like to share a speaker update for our:

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
October 4-5, 2017 – Charlotte NC

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers

$250 REGISTER TODAY

Our event will be hosted on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Our Conference Chairman is Dr. Kenneth E. Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation and CIO at Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge.

CONFERENCE LOCATIONS

Wednesday, October 4th Location
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte NC 28209

Thursday, October 5th Location
Pfeiffer University
Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
48380 US-52
Misenheimer NC 28109

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

Speakers for the Charlotte Water 2.0 Conference include:

Colleen Perry Keith, PhD, President, Pfeiffer University
Alan Hinchman, Vice President, Gray Matter Systems
Adam Tank, Digital Water Leader – GE Water & Distributed Power, GE Power & Water
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge
Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies
Stephen Spoonamore, CEO, eSurface Inc./Co-Founder and Board Member, ABSMaterials Inc.
Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.
Charles “Charlie” Gause, Cofounder, Acting CEO & President, Triad Growth Partners
Allison Chinchar, Meteorologist, CNN International Weather Team
Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange
FBI Representative
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Director & Founder

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Vincent Caprio
vincent@water2.org

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WATER NEWS

2017 Infrastructure Report Card – America’s Infrastructure Scores a D+
American Society of Civil Engineers

The Future of Water Management: A Menu for Policy Makers in the Digital Industrial Era
GE Digital Policy White Paper

TechHub: Ransomware Wreaking Global Havoc, Real-Time Asset Condition & Water Innovations
GrayMatter Systems

West View utility trying sensors to reduce line breaks, expensive repairs
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayoral candidates call for more technology, changes in makeup of S&WB
Fox 8 WVUE

UK firm to harness salt water to power battery plans
The National

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WATER EVENTS

Massachusetts Water Week
New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN)
September 11-18, 2017

Shale Insight – A Shale Coalition Conference
September 27-28, 2017
David L Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh PA

WEFTEC 2017
The Water Quality Event
September 30 – October 4, 2017
Chicago IL

Minds + Machines
GE Digital – The Premier Industrial Internet Event
October 25-26, 2017
Moscone West, San Francisco

Keeping History Above Water Conference
October 29- November 1, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

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Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte on October 4th and 5th!

EPA Issues Guidance for New Nanotechnology Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule

Posted on August 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to share with the nanotechnology community the following important EPA announcement.

EPA Issues Guidance for New Nanotechnology Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued guidance materials for the recently-issued TSCA section 8(a) Nanotechnology Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Rule which becomes effective on August 14, 2017. This rule establishes one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale as described in the rule issued January 12, 2017.

The guidance reflects input received on draft guidance EPA issued in May 2017 and provides answers to questions the Agency has received from manufacturers (including importers) and processors of certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale, as described in the final rule. EPA has incorporated public comments and included additional questions in the guidance.  We intend to update the guidance based on questions and input we receive.

If this general guidance does not answer those questions or other questions you have about the rule, please contact EPA and the Agency will answer these questions on a case-by-case basis.  EPA intends to add further questions/answers and update the guidance as warranted based on further questions we may receive. EPA’s technical contact for this rule, Jim Alwood, can be reached at Alwood.jim@epa.gov.

Read the guidance for reporting

Read more about the rule and how to access electronic reporting

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NANO NEWS

A nanotechnology overnight sensation 30 years in the making!
BetaNews

Solar panels: Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color
ScienceDaily

EPA Seeks Comment on Nominations to “Augmented” Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
Regulatory Developments – Bergeson & Campbell PC

“TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5” Webinar Brings Together Industry and EPA to Talk New TSCA
Webinar materials and recording are now available for download
News & Events – Bergeson & Campbell PC

Request for Continued Stay of Nanoscale Materials Reporting Rule
Letter to Jeffrey Morris PhD, Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, US EPA

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UPCOMING EVENTS

EPA Webinar on Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals under TSCA
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – 2PM ET

NANO Manufacturing  Conference 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Gateway University Research Park – Greensboro NC

Defense Innovation – Technology Acceleration Challenges
October 3-5, 2017 – Tampa FL

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
October 4-5, 2017 – Charlotte NC

Speaker Announcement: Water 2.0 Conference – Oct 4-5 Pfeiffer University Charlotte NC

Posted on August 14th, 2017 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 would like to share a speaker announcement for our:

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
October 4-5, 2017 – Charlotte NC

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers

$250 REGISTER TODAY

Our event will be hosted on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Our Conference Chairman is Dr. Kenneth E. Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation and CIO at Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge.

CONFERENCE LOCATIONS

Wednesday, October 4th Location
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte NC 28209

Thursday, October 5th Location
Pfeiffer University
Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
48380 US-52
Misenheimer NC 28109

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

Speakers for the Charlotte Water 2.0 Conference include:

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
vincent@water2.org

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WATER NEWS

GE Water to be Rebranded as SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions After Acquisition
Water & Wastewater International

TECHHUB: Ransomware Wreaking Global Havoc, Real-Time Asset Condition & Water Innovations
Gray Matter Systems

CU Boulder researchers lead team using drone technology to map soil moisture
Daily Camera – CU News

Researchers creating warning system for toxic algae in lakes
ABC News

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WATER EVENTS

WEFTEC 2017
The Water Quality Event
September 30 – October 4, 2017
Chicago IL

Minds + Machines
GE Digital – The Premier Industrial Internet Event
October 25-26, 2017
Moscone West, San Francisco

Keeping History Above Water Conference
October 29- November 1, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

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Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte on October 4th and 5th!

Save the Date: Water 2.0 Conference – Oct 4-5 Pfeiffer University Charlotte NC

Posted on July 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

Today we are proud to announce the next event in our Water 2.0 Conference series.  Our event will be hosted on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Our Conference Chairman is Dr. Kenneth E. Russell, Vice President for Digital Transformation and CIO at Pfeiffer University and Author of Social Knowledge.

The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

Water Enters the Digital Era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers.

Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
October 4-5, 2017 – Charlotte NC

$250 REGISTER TODAY

CONFERENCE LOCATIONS

Wednesday, October 4th Location
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte NC 28209

Thursday, October 5th Location
Pfeiffer University
Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
48380 US-52
Misenheimer NC 28109


Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Vincent Caprio
vincent@water2.org

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WATER NEWS

John Flannery Named Chairman and CEO of GE
GE Newsroom

TECHHUB: What’s New in the Industrial Internet
GrayMatter Systems

Pennsylvania American Water introduces new map to spotlight pipeline projects
Clean Technology Business Review

Researchers investigate ways to split water, create hydrogen fuel
Florida State University News

In China’s murky waters, global sewage firms seek rewards
Business Insider

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WATER EVENTS

Transform 2017
The GrayMatter Conference
August 1-3, 2017
Put-in-Bay OH

The Water Expo
August 30-31, 2017
Miami FL

WEFTEC 2017
The Water Quality Event
September 30 – October 4, 2017
Chicago IL

Minds + Machines
GE Digital – The Premier Industrial Internet Event
October 25-26, 2017
Moscone West, San Francisco

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Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte on October 4th and 5th!

NanoBCA Recommends: Venture Investing in Science by Douglas Jamison & Stephen Waite

Posted on July 12th, 2017 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend:

Venture Investing in Science
by Douglas W. Jamison and Stephen R. Waite

A short message about the book from co-author, Stephen Waite:

Over the past decade, software companies have increasingly monopolized the flow of venture capital, starving support for scientific research and its transformative discoveries. New medicines, cheaper and faster personal computers, and other life-changing developments all stem from investment in science. In the past, these funds led to steam engines, light bulbs, microprocessors, 3D printers, and even the Internet. In Venture Investing in Science, Douglas Jamison and I directly link financial support to revolutionary advancements in physics, computers, chemistry, and biology and make a passionate case for continued investing in science to meet the global challenges of our time.

Clean air and water, cures for intractable diseases, greener public transportation, cheaper and faster communication technologies—these are some of the rich opportunities awaiting venture capital investment today. In the book, Doug and I focus on how early-stage companies specializing in commercializing transformative technologies based on deep science have been shunned by venture capitalists, and how the development of such companies have been hampered by structural changes in capital markets and government regulation over the past decade. These shifts have impeded the development of nanotechnology over the past decade. We argue that reinvigorating science-based technological innovation is crucial to reactivating the economic dynamism that lifts living standards and fuels prosperity over time.

Venture Investing in Science includes two case studies: one, on quantum computing pioneer D-Wave Systems, and another on carbon nanotube electronics pioneer, Nantero. It is noteworthy that as of today, neither company has been able to access the public capital markets via an initial public offering.

Commenting on Venture Investing in Science, prominent venture capitalist and best-selling author, George Gilder, stated:

“Jamison and Waite have written the crucial economic book of the year, addressing the crisis of venture capital in an era without ‘deep science’-based innovations and IPOs, and with leviathans buying up their own shares and the shares of their rivals while stinting on the hard science behind all truly transformative progress.”

Praise for Venture Investing in Science

“Until reading this book I had not encountered such a cohesive and well-researched account of the current state of deep science commercialization. Every member of society should understand what permits successful technology commercialization to occur and how they might play a part in its success. A great work.”—Braun Kiess, Rutgers Business School

“Due to the shifting venture investing landscape and changes in the regulatory environment, deep science R&D—after billions in government investment—is not being commercialized to its full potential. Society needs a balanced approach. Otherwise the economy and quality of life are at risk. This book is a call for change.”—Mihail C. Roco, senior advisor for science and engineering at the National Science Foundation

“This fascinating book should be required reading for all entrepreneurs and investors interested in science- and technology-based startups.”—Andrew W. Lo, MIT Sloan School of Management

“This book makes a compelling case that attention needs to be refocused on science-based businesses and a more robust capital market for early-stage companies to increase U.S. economic dynamism.”—Andrew J. Malik, chairman, Needham & Company, LLC

“The authors have been at ground zero of science venture investing for nearly two decades. Economic success in the U.S. will likely depend on how well the forces the authors identify are understood, harnessed, and harvested.”—Keith Crandell, cofounder and managing director, ARCH V

Copies of the book in hardcover or Kindle format can be purchased from Amazon.com at the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/Venture-Investing-Columbia-Business-Publishing/dp/0231175728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497989066&sr=8-1&keywords=venture+investing+in+science

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Once again, we highly recommend Venture Investing in Science.