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COIN & Joint School Announce Nanomanufacturing Conference 8/15 Greensboro, NC

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The Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN) and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) announced their collaboration on an event exclusively dedicated to Nanomanufacturing. The Nanomanufacturing Conference will be held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering on August 15th in Greensboro, North Carolina. You will have the opportunity to tour this magnificent facility.

Registration is open. Register today for the early bird rate of $150

We have a room block at The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Greensboro-East for $93 per night.

The Nanomanufacturing Conference is one of the nation’s premier Advanced Manufacturing conferences, featuring national and international nanotech innovators, leading researchers, government leaders and visionaries.

Nanomanufacturing is pioneering a new era in American Advanced Manufacturing. The federal government plans to invest over $1 billion in the coming year for Advanced Manufacturing through the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, the 14-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator, and other initiatives to foster innovation-fueled job creation through public-private partnerships. These coordinated investments catalyze and leverage private capital, build an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and promote cluster-based development in regions across the United States.

These initiatives reflect a “. . . commitment to supporting American manufacturers in building things here and selling them everywhere,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson in a recent press release. Advanced Manufacturing is critical to the health of the national economy and provides essential goods and equipment directly to consumers as well as to a wide range of industries, including the energy production, agriculture, medical and computing industries, and the security and intelligence sectors.

The Nanomanufacturing Conference cuts to the core of how Advanced Manufacturing technologies, buttressed by nanotechnology, provide a competitive edge that will drive the economy well into the 21st Century.

Manufacturing accounts for 70 percent of private-sector R&D and 60 percent of U.S. exports – including a record $1.2 trillion in goods exported in 2011. Over the past 25 months, manufacturers have created nearly half a million jobs – the best streak since 1995. The goal of Advanced Manufacturing is to create jobs, grow the economy, and enhance the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers in the global marketplace.

The Nanomanufacturing Conference is for anyone who wants to understand the science and technology that will drive the manufacturing renaissance in America. “We are pleased to convene nationally recognized experts in the field of nanomanufacturing for this conference and to showcase the world-class facilities and programs here at the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering,” said James G. Ryan, Ph.D., Founding Dean, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro, N.C.

“This conference provides cornerstone fundamentals for the future of our economy, and provides a roadmap for how to bring lost manufacturing jobs back to America,” said co-host Griffith Kundahl, Executive Director at the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN). “The impact is being felt primarily in places like Greensboro, NC and Albany, NY where advanced manufacturing innovation is already creating tens of thousands of blue-collar manufacturing jobs for America again.”

I believe Nanomanufacturing is driving the next wave of American greatness. Businesses that incorporate nanomanufacturing are poised to be atop that wave. This is a unique opportunity to be educated in regard to nanomanufacturing.

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I hope you and your family are enjoying the spring weather.


Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association

WIA Recommends: Water & Watts, Tues, June 19th, Washington, DC

Posted on June 8th, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Energy and Environment Program for a workshop examining the energy water nexus and saving energy and water in the municipal, industrial, and commercial sectors.

Water & Watts – Potential to Save Energy and Water in Municipal, Industrial, and Commercial Sectors

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
8:30am – 6:00pm

Atlantic Council
1101 15th Street, NW
11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

The workshop will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and build consensus on the necessity of addressing the ongoing energy water nexus policy, technology, and management impacts on water consuming sectors. I have the opportunity to speak at 2:00 on the Financing Infrastructure panel. Water Innovations Alliance Advisory Board Member, Alan Hinchman of GE will be speaking at 12:30 on the Technologies and Projects to Improve Energy and Water Efficiency panel.

By participating in this unique workshop you will:
– Be briefed by both sides of the aisle and houses of Congress on legislative priorities;
– Discover how the agriculture, energy and water sectors can mutually benefit from integrated energy-water nexus solutions;
– Discuss the barriers and opportunities for innovative financing of water infrastructure upgrades;
– Address standards, codes and regulations that can be harnessed to improve energy and water efficiencies;
– Examine how to build successful public acceptance and outreach efforts; and
– Hear firsthand how the Army is addressing the nexus at its installations world wide.

The June 19th workshop features a wide array of thought leaders and expert speakers and participants. The invitation-only group comes from Congress, industry, technological innovators, corporations, utilities, U.S. and state government agencies, national laboratories, regulatory bodies, academia, associations and the non-profit community. The meeting, run under modified Chatham House rules, guarantees that participants and speakers alike have the opportunity for frank discussion of all issues. Additionally, there will be opportunities to network and meet other key individuals working towards solutions to energy-water nexus issues.

This is an invitation-only conference. If you are interested in attending, then please RSVP to Vincent Caprio at

8:00am Registration and coffee

8:30am Congressional Perspectives
Moderated by David Garman
Individual Presentations by:
– David Wegner, Professional Staff, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
– David McCarthy, Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee
– Elizabeth Fox, Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works
– Lynn Abramson, Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Barbara Boxer
– McKie Campbell, Minority Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
– Patricia Beneke, Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

10:00am Setting the Stage
Moderated by Nicole T. Carter
Individual Presentations by:
– Lorraine White, Water Energy Program Manager, GEI Consultants
– Tom Curtis, Deputy Executive Director, American Water Works Association
– Howard Passell, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
– Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

11:15am Keynote: Patrick O’Toole, President, Family Farm Alliance

11:45am Buffet Lunch

12:15pm Technologies and Projects to Improve Energy and Water Efficiency
Moderated by Amanda Brock
Individual Presentations by:
– Jes Munk Hansen, President, Grundfos North America
– Alan Hinchman, Marketing Leader, GE Intelligent Platforms
– Amit Pramanik, Senior Program Director, Water Environment Research Foundation
– Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy
– Shahid Chaudhry, Program Manager, Energy-Water Nexus, California Energy Commission

1:45pm Financing Infrastructure
Moderated by Mark A. Limbaugh
Individual Presentations by:
– William Rogers, Vice President and Treasurer, American Water Works Inc.
– Tim Williams, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Water Environment Federation
– Vincent Caprio, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Water Innovations Alliance

2:45pm Aiming for the Gold: Standards, Codes, and Federal Regulatory Initiatives
Moderated by Adam Carpenter
Individual Presentations by:
– Thomas Pape, Principal, Best Management Partners
– Steve Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
– Shiela Frace, Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
– David Wollman , Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST

4:15pm Public Education and Outreach
Moderated by Mari Angeles Major-Sosias
Individual Presentations by:
– Jennifer Persike, Director of Strategic Coordination and Public Affairs, Association of California Water Agencies
– Lorraine Loken, Senior Vice President, Clean Water America Alliance

5:00pm Keynote: How the U.S. Department of Defense is Addressing the Energy and Water Nexus
– Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Army

6:00pm Networking Reception

I hope to see you in DC on June 19th.


Vincent Caprio
Chief Operating Officer
Water Innovations Alliance