Special Sessions


Tuesday, December 14 18:30 – 19:00

Salon A

Presentation of IEEE Fellow Recognition

  • Deji Akinwande, University of Texas – Austin
  • David Gracias, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University,
  • Paul S. Weiss, UC Presidential Chair and distinguished professor UCLA;


Panel discussion “Meet the Experts” by IEEE NTC Young Professionals

Monday, December 13 18:30 – 19:45

Salon A

Moderators: José Alvim Berkenbrock and Anand Shah


  • Seyi Balogun, Northwestern University, NTC distinguished lecturer
  • Bonnie Gray, Professor, Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Kremena Makasheva, Senior Researcher, CNRS, LAPLACE, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
  • Paul S. Weiss, California NanoSystems Institute and Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Bioengineering, and Materials Science & Engineering, UCLA
  • Rafal Sliz, Assistant Professor, University of Oulu, Finland IEEE NTC YP Chair

IEEE NTC Young Professionals are very excited to have the opportunity to invite you to the “Meet the Experts” Panel Discussion held at the NMDC Conference in Vancouver. Our guests – distinguished scientists and engineers, and prominent IEEE members will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences related to their profession. The experts bring different perspectives to the panel; their diverse backgrounds in various domains will help participants better understand the ever-changing world of nanotechnology and gain new enriching experiences on both a personal and professional level. These thought leaders and practitioners can leverage their academic and professional experiences to enable participants to develop insights on how to approach their professional challenges in fresh ways.

Paul S. Weiss graduated from MIT with S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry in 1980 and from the University of California at Berkeley with a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1986. He is a nanoscientist and holds a UC Presidential Chair and a distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry, bioengineering, and materials science & engineering at UCLA, where he was previously director of the California NanoSystems Institute. He is the founding and current editor-in-chief of ACS Nano.

Bonnie L. Gray joined the School of Engineering Science (ENSC) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada in 2003, where she is now a Full Professor, the ENSC Graduate Chair, and an elected member of University Senate. Dr. Gray is an Associate Member of the School of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Vancouver Medical Device Development Centre.

Oluwaseyi (Seyi) Balogun is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Boston University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Balogun’s research focuses on nanoscale heat transport measurements and thermal properties of small-scale materials, experimental mechanics of soft biological materials, and optical and elastic wave sensors.


Kremena Makasheva is Senior Researcher at CNRS, Laboratory on Plasma and Conversion of Energy (LAPLACE), Toulouse, France. She obtained a Ph.D. degree on Plasma Physics from Sofia University, Bulgaria, 2002, for her work on surface wave sustained plasmas. In 2003 she joined the Université de Montréal, Canada for almost 4 years to work on surface wave plasmas at atmospheric pressure. She currently as IEEE NTC Vice-President for Technical Activities.


Rafal Sliz is an Assistant Professor (Tenure), perusing his research in the field of nanotechnology at the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Unit, University of Oulu, Finland. His research focuses on printed electronics and development of sustainable energy storage systems. He conducted long-term research at the Flexible Display Center, Arizona State University (USA), London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London (UK), and Sargent Group, University of Toronto (Canada).





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