2020 Virtual Agenda

November 5, 2020

2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Mark Wehde, MS, MBA
Chair, Mayo Clinic Engineering

Innovation within healthcare organizations

Clinic Engineering was founded before the invention of the transistor and has grown as an organization supported by the light-speed developments in various engineering, physical science, and life science fields. Wehde will detail some of the organization’s fascinating history, and then delve into healthcare of the future. The next decade will see amazing changes as the fourth industrial revolution hits healthcare. AI, robotics, data analytics, 3d printing, virtual and augment reality all are making huge impacts on how we care for patients.

November 12, 2020

2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Mark W. Verbrugge
Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory
General Motors R&D Center

The rapidly advancing field of batteries for electric vehicles

For battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the three key customer concerns are cost per unit energy (e.g., $/kWh), energy density (e.g., Wh/L) that translates to BEV range, and the accessibility of high-rate charging stations coupled with batteries that can be fast charged.  We cover past and forecast future advancements for these three concerns.  From a technical perspective, central to addressing these challenges are the identification of high-performance materials that are earth abundant and low cost.  From a business perspective, public-private partnerships will be foundational in advancing battery technology as well as addressing critical charging infrastructure needs.

November 19, 2020

2:00 p.m. Eastern time

John C. Warner
Distinguished Research Fellow
Zymergen Corp

Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements

Imagine a world where all segments of society demanded environmentally benign climate neutral products! Imagine if all consumers, all retailers and all manufacturers insisted on buying and selling only non-toxic truly sustainable materials! The unfortunate reality is that, even if this situation were to occur, our knowledge of materials science and chemistry would allow us to provide only a small fraction of the necessary products and materials that our economy is based upon. Unfortunately, the way we learn and teach chemistry and materials science in academia is for the most part void of any information regarding mechanisms of toxicity and environmental harm. Green Chemistry is a science that seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials at the design stage of a materials process. It has been demonstrated that materials and products CAN be designed with negligible impact on human health and the environment while still being economically competitive and successful in the marketplace. This presentation will describe the history and background of Green Chemistry and discuss the opportunities for the next generation of materials designers to create a safer and more sustainable future.