Panels and Workshops

NMDC 2018 is pleased to offer several evening professional development workshops for attendees.

W1: Career Panel: Navigating career pathways in Academia and Industry

October 14, Sunday, 7-8:30pm
Fireside Room

Organizer: Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz, PSU
Moderator: Jim Tung, Lacamas Laboratories


  • Manoranjan Acharya (Intel)
  • Erik Sanchez (Portland State University, Professor of Physics)
  • Johanna Schwartz (Klarquist Sparkman, LLP)
  • Jim Tung (Lacamas Laboratories)

Dr. Manoranjan Acharya, has 9 years in Intel for technology development for multiple sub 20 nm technology. Responsible for managing multiple teams enabling Intel’s 14nm to interconnect process technology. Currently leading a program for SOC based multi-OS enablement as a senior technical program manager. Serves as an Adjunct Faculty in PSU, teaching Nano-electronics. Dr. Acharya has a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Erik Sánchez earned his Ph.D. at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in Near-Field Microscopy (ESR/Physics) while attending Portland State University. After graduating, he continued at Harvard University in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department. Dr. Sánchez’s Nano-Development Lab focuses on the development and implementation of nano-scale imaging techniques. His current research encompasses a variety of fields including Near Field Optics, Charged/Neutral Beam technology, 3D printing technology at the nano at micro scale as well as electromagnetic modeling of light interaction with materials.  He is presently the graduate program director in Physics at PSU and co-runs an NSF REU program in microscopy related learning.  See

Johanna Schwartz is a senior associate at Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, which is a proven intellectual property law firm for science and technology companies looking to creatively protect and defend their ideas.  Johanna specializes in various aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, trademark law, licensing, and clearance and patentability assessments.  Johanna is a member of Klarquist’s chemical and biotech patent groups and her practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting the U.S. and international patent applications in a range of technical areas.  Johanna specializes in the fields of organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, and has extensive experience with small molecules, organic synthesis, dosage formulations, polymer chemistry, and methodology development.  Johanna also is active in the Portland legal community, where she mentors first-year law students at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.  She also is active in the chemical community and serves as an annual speaker at the American Chemical Society/Division of Organic Chemistry’s Graduate Research Symposium.  Johanna earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Oregon State University in 2009, studying under Dr. Rich Carter.   She earned her J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 2012 and was admitted to the Oregon bar in 2012, and to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Bar in 2013.

Jim Tung is a business development manager at Lacamas Laboratories in Portland, OR. He has been at his current position for 7 years, working on new chemical manufacturing projects and improving current plant processes. Before that, he was a senior research chemist at Obiter Research in Champaign, IL performing kilo-scale organic chemistry. An Oregon native, Jim got his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Oregon, his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, with postdoctoral experience at Pfizer’s laboratories in La Jolla, CA. He is the past chair of the Portland Section of the American Chemical Society. He has interests in process chemistry, social media outreach and encouraging career exploration and development for younger chemists.


P1-M4: Panel Nanotechnology Education Worldwide

October 15, Monday, 7:30-9:30PM
Fireside Room

Panel Organizers:

Peter Moeck, Portland State University, OR, USA
Malgorzata Chrzanowska-Jeske, Portland State University, OR, USA
Milo Koretsky, 
Oregon State University, OR, USA

Invited Speakers:

“Between Promise Fear and Disillusion Two Decades of Public Engagement Around Nanotechnology”
Richard Jones, FRS, of Sheffield University, UK

Nanotechnology emerged as a subject of public interest and concern towards the end of the 1990’s. A couple of decades on, it’s worth looking back at the way the public discussion of the subject has evolved. On the one hand we had the transformational visions associated with the transhumanist movement, together with some extravagant promises of new industries and medical breakthroughs. The flipside of these were worries about profound societal changes for the worse, and, less dramatically, but the potential for environmental and health impacts from the release of nanoparticles.

Since then we’ve seen some real achievements in the field, both scientific and technological, but also a growing sense of disillusion with technological progress, associated with slowing economic growth in the developed world. What should we learn from this experience? What’s the right balance between emphasising the potential of emerging technologies and cautioning against over-optimistic claims?

“Ethics in Nano Education, but First the Ethics of Nano Education”
Cyrus Mody, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Discussions of the ethics or social implications of nanotechnology almost always focus on products (and occasionally manufacturing or experimental processes) which are nano-enabled and/or contain nanomaterials. These discussions are important, but they miss that (literally) the most visible part of nanotechnology involves the reorganization of education at all levels but especially in universities and community colleges. In general, institutions which have “nano” in their names have spent the 21st century advocating for more interdisciplinary, market-oriented, hands-on forms of education. Both the benefits and the costs of these educational innovations should be at the center of discussions of the societal implications of nanotechnology. Education is the means by which societies reproduce; thus education is always sensitive and frequently contested. In this paper I survey the long history of activism and political debate which informs the educational innovations associated with nanotechnology, including the innovation of bringing ethics training into nano education. I argue that ethics does belong in nano education, but to understand why we first need to analyze the ethics of nano education.


Sorin Cotofana, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Bonnie Gray, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
Ricardo Reis, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Allegra-RS, Brazil
Artunkumar Subramanian, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA
Tommy Tzeng, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Martin Wybourne, Dartmouth College, NH, USA

The panel starts with two invited 30 minutes invited talks. One discusses public engagement in nanotechnology and what is the right balance between emphasizing the potential of emerging technologies and cautioning against over-optimistic claims. The second reviews ethics in Nano Education and of Nano Education.  Six panelists, from various part of the world, will present their views in response to 4 predefined questions on various aspects of Nanotechnology Education. It will be followed by 30 minutes Q&A session with questions from the audience.


W2: Workshop: The “art” of Effective Negotiation: “Just ask for it”

October 16, Tuesday, 7:30-9:00PM
Fireside Room


Negotiations occur every day in the scientific laboratory and workplace and often involve issues that are key to research success and career advancement.

This session will introduce some fundamentals of negotiation approaches relevant to a variety of one-on-one conversations and group settings.

We will focus on:

  • the importance of negotiation to advance research and career objectives
  • identification of negotiables including start-up packages, space, authorship, supplies, etc.
  • necessary elements of a successful negotiation
  • the importance of developing alternatives to an agreement
  • techniques for handling difficult people and conversations
  • the importance of listening and appreciating different viewpoints and identification of short and long-term negotiation goals.


Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz, a research assistant professor of Chemistry, has served Portland State University for 10 years. Prior to this she eraned her PhD in Bioinorganic and Organometallic Chemistry from Texas A and M University and her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and Psychology at Hunter College the City of the University of New York. She currently leads the laboratory interdisciplinary nanostructured materials laboratory bridging concepts in inorganic, analytical, medicinal, and nanomaterials chemistry for applications that relate to human health. They envision that the fundamental chemistry developed in their lab will improve our understanding and clinical outcomes of major diseases that impact the quality of human life such as cancer, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to her outstanding research, Dr. Mackiewicz is a strong role model for the Portland State Women in STEM group where she serves as a faculty advisor. Her work with this group and through capstone class she designed on “Empowering and Advancing Women and Underrepresented Students in STEM” allows her to pursue her other passion in transforming the lives of students by providing skills in leadership, communication, networking, and negotiation strategies.

Website: PSU Laboratory of Nanostructured Materials

Follow on: Twitter (@Mack_Lab)




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