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

Posted on March 19th, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

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









Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
May 17, 2018 – Raleigh-Durham NC






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






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

Speakers for the Raleigh-Durham Water 2.0 Conference include:










Colleen Perry Keith, PhD, President, Pfeiffer University

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

Adam Tank, Founder & CEO, Industrial Optic

Alan Hinchman, Vice President, Gray Matter Systems

Mark Modzelewski, General Manager, Treeline Interactive

Brian Fannon, PhD, Watershed Investigator for Yadkin Riverkeeper

Karen Sorber, Executive Chair/CEO, Micronic Technologies

Scott Livingston, Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC

Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Becky Scott, Senior Solutions Architect, Lithium Technologies

FBI Representative

Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScoence Exchange

Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:

Matt Malandro, Conference Manager

Click here to see completed Water 2.0 events.


Carolina Water says its water is clean, lead-free. They set out Tuesday to prove it.
The Herald

California to add recycled sewer water to the state reservoirs
Fox News

Thinking of drinking “raw water”? Why health experts say beware.
The Herald Sun

Tens of millions of Americans exposed to unsafe drinking water each year
USA Today

Bottled Water, Brought to You by Fracking?
Food & Water Watch

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
MIT Technology Review

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

COFES Institute Announces Ping Fu as a Keynote at COFES 2018

Posted on March 12th, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Technologist, Entrepreneur and Author to keynote at The Congress On the Future of Engineering Software (COFES)

The COFES Institute is pleased to announce technologist, entrepreneur and author Ping Fu, as a keynote speaker at COFES 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 12-15, 2018 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Ms. Fu has been a major contributor in the engineering software arena and is currently the Executive Chairman of Gelsight (

The theme for COFES 2018 is Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us. Ping will discuss the theme for COFES with a focus on machine learning and resilient design. The annual four-day event for the design and engineering software industry brings together a diverse group of thought leaders in technology and science to engage in wide-ranging and meaningful discussions. To request an invitation, visit

“Ping is the ideal person to lead off COFES as the opening keynote,” said Vincent Caprio, COFES Institute President. “She has been part of the computing evolution for decades and more importantly has been an innovator in the engineering software space. I know she will provide a thought-provoking foundation for our theme.”

“Resilient design and machine learning are two subjects I am focusing on now,” said Fu. “Both of these topics are integral to this year’s COFES theme. Resilient 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. With machine learning, 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 are not good at doing. I think the term machine learning is interchangeable with Artificial Intelligence.”

“I am really delighted to have Ping give our opening keynote,“ said Brad Holz, COFES co-founder. “Aside from the fact that she is truly a remarkable individual with an amazing history, she is also a true visionary for our industry and has much we can learn from.”

About Ping Fu

Ping Fu is a Chinese-American entrepreneur who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Fu began studying journalism in China. Then she immigrated to the United States in 1984 and changed her studies to computer science. One of her first jobs was with Bell Labs when they were transitioning to packet switching. Later she then took the role of director of visualization at NCSA where she worked on the Terminator 2: Judgement Day. After which she co-founded Geomagic in 1997, a 3D software development company, and served as the chief executive officer until February 2013 when the company was acquired by 3D Systems Inc. At Geomagic, she was recognized for her achievements with the company through a number of awards, including being named Inc. Magazine’s 2005 “Entrepreneur of the Year”. Also, in 2013, she published her memoir, Bend, Not Break, co-authored with MeiMei Fox. At 3D Systems, she held the title of Vice President and Chief Entrepreneur Officer. Currently Fu, is serving as Executive Chairman at GelSight, Inc. (, a next-generation metrology company.

About COFES and the COFES Institute

Now in its 19th year, COFES is the annual, invitation-only event for the design and engineering software industry. Widely recognized as a think-tank event, COFES ( gathers design and engineering software leaders (vendors, users, press, and analysts) together to discuss the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of business. COFES is renowned for hosting leading keynote visionaries that provide a new perspective to the future of the industry. Apply for an invitation at

The COFES Institute was created in 2017 to provide sustainable leadership to COFES. The COFES Institute is a non-profit 501c3 governed by a Board of Directors led by Vincent Caprio. Other members of the board are (in order of last name): Jim Brown: President – TechClarity, Jim Doxey: Product Configuration Manager – Oculus, Nathanael Miller: Aerospace Engineer – NASA Langley Research Center, Jason Preston: Co-Founder – Parnassus Group (DENT), and Rebecca Yeh: Event Director & Secretary – COFES. In addition, the COFES Advisory Board was established to provide industry input to the COFES Board, see the COFES website for a listing of the Advisory Board participants.