Organization

The MIT•Stanford•UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum is the largest nanotechnology focused organization of its kind in California. It is dedicated to promoting the burgeoning field of nanotechnology by connecting ideas, technology, and people. The organization is run entirely by unpaid volunteers under the umbrella of the alumni associations of the three universities. As a legal entity, the forum is organized under the MIT Club of Northern California. The Forum was initially formed to serve the alumni communities of MIT, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley, but has expended to serve all who are interested in the field of nanotechnology.

The MIT•Stanford•UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum provides opportunities for industry experts, researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private investors, technologists and the interested public to discuss, understand and evaluate the state-of-the art in nanotechnology. The events of the Forum feature leading researchers, business leaders, investors, policy makers, and entrepreneurs active or interested in the field of nanotechnology.

Sponsorship of the MIT•Stanford•UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum should not be constituted as sponsorship of its affiliates.

Chairman and Founding Team

Wasiq Bokhari - Quantum Insight

Wasiq received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was part of the team that discovered the top quark at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has done post-doctoral research on fundamental physics and has more than 50 scientific publications and presentations to his name. He was also part of a small team that designed next generation particle detectors at Fermilab. As an entrepreneur, he has been part of the founding teams of various ventures including Clickmarks, an enterprise software provider. As the Senior Vice President of Products, he oversaw the creation and successful launch of the company’s award-winning software. He has spoken on various industry forums as an invited speaker. He is cited as a co-inventor on 10 industry patents.

Anthony Waitz - Quantum Insight
Anthony has 18 years of experience in technology development, management and strategy. Most recently he was with Synopsys Inc. where he was responsible for the strategy of silicon IP. Prior to this, he was a director of engineering at Synopsys, where he ran six engineering groups focused on the design and delivery of silicon IP products. Mr. Waitz came to Synopsys through the acquisition of Silicon Architects in 1995, of which he was a co-founder. Outside of silicon IP, Mr. Waitz has had a diverse technical background spanning areas such as research in parallel processors and the development of an early optical networking system. Mr. Waitz holds Masters degrees from Stanford School of Engineering and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Frederick Lam - MIT
Business Development Manager, MolecularDiamond Technologies, ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures, LLC. Dr. Frederick Lam has over 20 years of experience in high technology and is responsible for leading the business development efforts of MolecularDiamond Technologies (MDT), an internal nanotechnology startup in ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures, LLC. His previous experiences at ChevronTexaco include technology development, technology marketing and licensing, and strategic business planning. Prior to joining MDT, he co-founded a biotechnology startup company, where he took the lead role in business development, negotiations, and business planning. He was also a General Partner in an investment group which invested in technology-based companies. He received his bachelors degree (with honors) from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), both in chemical engineering. Fred is a co-founder of the MIT-Stanford-Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum and Past-President of the MIT alumni club of Northern California (MITCNC), where he led the entrepreneurship and bioentrepreneurship programs. He serves on the Board of Directors for MITCNC and also serves as an Advisor to the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab.

Kitu Bindra - Buchanan Ingersoll
Kitu Bindra has practiced law for almost two decades in the United States and India. His areas of expertise include international business transactions, emerging business issues including corporate formation and financings, resolution of founders disputes, business development, strategic alliances, and technology licensing. Mr. Bindra is co-chair of the Buchanan Ingersoll's Nanotechnology Team. Mr. Bindra is involved in a variety of other nanotechnology-related initiatives, including conferences and seminars. Before joining Buchanan Ingersoll, Mr. Bindra was General Counsel for The Enterprise Network, a Silicon Valley business incubator with thirty-five member companies in the nanotechnology, wireless, infrastructure, life-sciences, and network areas. Mr. Bindra continues to represent a large number of these companies and continues to work in commercializing cutting-edge technologies developed at NASA. Mr. Bindra works closely with members of The Indus Entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association, of which he was one of the founding members.


Steering Committee

Beth Curran - Stanford University

Vivek Nadkarni - Trimble

Camille Olufson - UC Berkeley


Gina Rieger - UC Berkeley

Jane Scheiber - UC Berkeley


Qian Wu - Analog Devices
Qian Wu is a Senior Business Strategist for Analog Devices, Inc., having worked in engineering, business development, and strategic initiatives. Qian received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. She is also a graduate of MIT with MBA and MS in Electrical Engineering.

Former Steering Committee Members

Jonathan Goldman - Accenture, LLP
Jonathan Goldman graduated from MIT with a B.S. in physics (1998) and from Stanford University with a PhD in physics (2005), where he worked on quantum computing. While at Stanford he helped co-found the forum and since completing his PhD, has been working in the energy sector in business strategy for Accenture, LLP.

Klaudyne Hong

Arun Mehta
Arun Mehta was formerly a Manager of Fuel Technologies at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. He has managed several projects on fossil power generation and environmental control for the electric utility industry. He received his Bachelors degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.


Advisors to the Forum

Hans Coufal - IBM
Hans J. Coufal is manager of the “Science and Technology” research function at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He manages a group of departments focusing on some of the most exciting realms of research today, including quantum information, nanotechnology, biotechnology, supercomputer simulations and holographic data storage.

After receiving his Ph.D. degree in applied physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, Dr. Coufal spent several years on the faculty there and at the Free University in Berlin. He then spent a sabbatical at IBM's San Jose Research Laboratory, the precursor to the Almaden lab, and joined IBM's research staff there in 1981. Dr. Coufal's personal research specialized in studies of radiation-induced chemical, physical, thermal and acoustic transients, and he developed and applied many novel detection schemes and applications for them.

Dr. Coufal has managed IBM's holographic data storage research effort since 1991. In 1996, he was named one of the two principal investigators of the two government-industry-academia consortia cosponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- HDSS (Holographic Data Storage Systems) and PRISM (Photorefractive Information Storage Materials) -- which were active from 1993-2002. He was named Manager of New Directions within the Science and Technology function in 1996 and Manager of Science and Technology in
2000.

Dr. Coufal is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and received the 2000 Leadership Award from the National Storage Industry Consortium for his role in managing the HDSS and PRISM programs. He is a member of the editorial board of the technical journal, Applied Physics, where he is responsible for articles on holographic data storage materials and systems. Dr. Coufal is author or coauthor of more than 140 technical publications, editor of six books and holds 13 patents.

Stan Williams - HP
R. Stanley Williams is an HP Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and founding Director (since 1995) of the HP Quantum Science Research (QSR) group. The QSR was established to prepare HP for the major challenges and opportunities ahead in electronic device technology as features continue to shrink to the nanometer size scale, where quantum mechanics becomes important. He received a B.A. degree in Chemical Physics in 1974 from Rice University and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from U. C. Berkeley in 1978. He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs from 1978-80 and a faculty member (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) of the Chemistry Department at UCLA from 1980 – 1995. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at UCLA and of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary scientific research during the past twenty-five years has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics, and their applications to technology. This has evolved into the areas of nanostructures and chemically-assembled materials, with an emphasis on the thermodynamics of size and shape. Most recently, he has examined the fundamental limits of information and computing, which has led to his current research in molecular electronics. He has received awards for scientific and academic achievement, including the 2000 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics, the 2000 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He was named to the inaugural Scientific American 50 Top Technology leaders in 2002, and the molecular electronics program he leads was named the Technology of the Year for 2002 by Industry Week magazine. He was a coorganizer and co-editor of the workshop and book “Vision for Nanotechnology in the 21st Century”, respectively, that led to the establishment of the U. S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. He has been awarded twelve US patents with twentyfive more pending, has published 212 papers in reviewed scientific journals, and has written general articles for technical and business publications. One of his patents was named as one of five that will “transform business and technology” by MIT’s Technology Review in 2000.


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