1. Hear the amazing story of how Professor Belcher uses genetically-engineered viruses to biologically assemble new materials at nano-structure scale for applications as diverse as lithium ion batteries and solar photovoltaic cells!

    Organisms have been making exquisite inorganic materials for over 500 million years. This talk will address conditions under which organisms first evolved to make materials and her scientific approaches to move beyond naturally-evolved materials to genetically manufacture advanced materials using a “green” process.

    There are many properties of living systems that can be harnessed by researchers to make advanced materials; Prof. Belcher’s approach is to evolve organisms to work with a diverse set of building blocks. Her goal is to have a DNA sequence that codes for assembly of any inorganic material, typically using an M13 virus as a template.

    Two energy-related applications she is investigating are: 1) using bio-molecular recognition, attach electrochemically active materials to conducting carbon nanotubes networks to boost electron transfer in metal phosphate cathodes for rechargeable lithium ion batteries and 2) improve the efficiency of solar cells by using biologically-assembled nanocomposites with high electron mobility to efficiently collect photo-generated electrons. She will also demonstrate how these novel processes can be used in life science applications, such as ovarian cancer detection.


    Professor Belcher is a Materials Chemist with expertise in the fields of biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces and solid state chemistry. Her primary research focus is evolving new materials for energy, electronics and the environment. She received her B.S. in Creative Studies with an emphasis in biology from The University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued her education at UCSB and earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (1997). Following a year of postdoctoral research in electrical engineering at UCSB, Dr. Belcher joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Chemistry in 1999. She joined the faculty at MIT in 2002 and now holds the W.M. Keck Chair in Energy. In 2002, she founded the company Cambrios Technologies, Inc., and in 2007 she founded Siluria Technologies, Inc.

    In 2012, Dr. Belcher was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She also received the Boston Museum of Science “Walker Prize” for lifetime achievement in science. In 2010 Dr. Belcher received the Eni Prize for Renewable and Non-conventional Energy. In 2009, Rolling Stone Magazine listed her as one of the top 100 people changing the country. In 2007, Time Magazine named her a “Hero”- for her research related to Climate Change. In 2006, she was named Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American and was awarded a 2006 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough award. In 2005, she was named as one of 10 to watch by Fortune magazine for "how the world will work in the next 75 years.”

    Her work has been published in many prestigious scientific journals including Science and Nature, and has been reported in the popular press including Time, Fortune, Forbes, Discover, Scientific American, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week and The Wall Street Journal.

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  2. Whenever your “information device”… computer, pad computer, smart phone, video streaming device, etc. … is connected to a network of any sort… home network, office network, the internet, etc. … by either a wired or wireless path, at the other end of that connection is a server of some sort. It may be a small local memory backup server or a huge, remote “server farm” providing enormous amounts of streamed data, or anything in between those two extremes. For many of us, this is a hidden world that we are only vaguely aware of, yet it is central to the digital revolution that surrounds us. This program will pull the curtain back on that world and bring us up to date on some of the major issues influencing server system design and deployment.

    The software-defined data center: How cloud architectures are disrupting the status quo
    These things are dimming the lights: The server “energy crisis”
    Every lock has a key: How do we protect the server system and the data it holds
    Data, data everywhere: How do we build a big enough storage closet
    What’s a small business to do? : The impact on SME’s
    “Serveropolis”: The emergence of “server cities”

    Our stellar panel of experts include:

    Moderator - David Walrod, Vodafone Ventures
    Kevin Brown, CEO, Coraid
    Benson Yeung, Senior Partner, Triware Networld Systems
    Herb Zien, CEO, LiquidCool Solutions
    Jim Miller, VP Worldwide Operations, Google
    Lindsay Snider, Director of Engineering, Barracuda Networks

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  3. Please join us at Silicon Valley Bank for an outlook on new and exciting clean technology businesses from an industry-leading group of panelists. Our panel brings together individuals from DoE’s ARPA-E research commercialization arm, two leading venture capitalists and an top investment banker, to identify emerging clean tech investment opportunities for 2013 and beyond.

    Hear first-hand from business and technology-savvy investors!

    Cheryl Martin – ARPA-E
    Ray Rothrock – Venrock Partners
    Pierre Lamond – Khosla Ventures
    Stuart Bernstein - Goldman Sachs
    Moderator: Quentin Falconer – Clean Tech Practice, SVB

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  4. Neil Armstrong once said that our electric grid was one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.  Yet, in the next few decades, our electric grid will need to be modernized to meet the evolving energy challenges of the 21st century. These include increasing renewable energy generation and dealing with the proliferation of distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar panels, electric vehicles, energy storage, and smart appliances, while keeping electric energy supply inexpensive and reliable.

    But with challenges come opportunities for innovation. New technologies such as grid data networking, smart meters, analytics and demand response algorithms will help modernize our electric grid and benefit consumers and utilities alike through enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability, the ability to integrate new sources of energy generation, including at the local level.

    What new technologies, solutions, and business model innovations are required to allow a Smart Grid to be able to realize its potential to deliver these benefits, including adapting to emerging;distributed energy resources?

    Smart Meters, aka advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), have been deployed throughout the state, but Time-of-Use (TOU) rates or dynamic pricing have not yet been implemented. Will they be mandated so consumers can start managing their energy bills better?

    With the smart grid, more energy devices will be networked and a lot of Big Data will flow. What innovations are needed to be able to analyze the data and optimize supply and demand in order to deliver benefits to energy providers and consumers?

    Please join us to learn about the numerous Smart Grid innovation opportunities from top executives of leading smart grid companies in the Bay Area!

    Andy White – CEO, Trilliant
    Brian Thompson - CEO, Stem
    Lisa Caswell – President, eMeter
    Steve Malnight – VP, Pacific Gas & Electric
    Moderator: Don Keller – Board of Directors, Orrick

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  5. The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry continues to grow, despite intense international competition and recent margin compression.

    Can innovation in technology and manufacturing allow American companies to compete and ultimately thrive in this huge but challenging market?

    Professor Buonassisi will address these questions as he explores the outlook for American PV cell and module suppliers. He will begin by using an industry-validated bottoms-up cost model to compare the cost-reduction potentials of various innovative PV technologies, and how their successful development could influence manufacturing location decisions. He will also describe recent progress toward these innovative technologies, highlighting the new computational and experimental tools that have accelerated the cycle of discovery and product development — providing “sneak peeks” at the technologies that may grace rooftops in years to come. He will conclude by showcasing recent success stories of U.S. innovation.

    Join us as Professor Buonassisi explains how technology innovation will open up pathways for success in the U.S. solar PV industry.

    Tonio Buonassisi, MIT Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, heads an interdisciplinary research laboratory focused on photovoltaics (PV). He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Science & Technology at UC Berkeley, with additional research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the Max-Planck-Institute for Microstructure Physics. He is author of over a hundred journal papers, and co-developer of a dedicated course on photovoltaics.

    Prof. Buonassisi invents, develops, and applies defect-engineering techniques over the entire solar cell process, from crystal growth to modules, improving the cost effectiveness of commercial and next-generation solar cells. Several of his PV innovations have been implemented in industry, including key contributions leading to the founding of solar start-ups and a research institute.

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