Executive Director - Business Development
Dr. Matthew Laudon is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Business Development for the Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI) in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Laudon is an expert in academic to business relations. He obtained a Ph.D. with the Wisconsin Center for Nanotechnology and Synchrotron Radiation Center and has subsequently worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), Motorola in Los Alamos National Laboratories and numerous Boston area start-ups in micro and nanotechnology commercialization and partnership development. He has worked as a technology commercialization consultant for; VC, legal, academic, start-up and established technology corporations. Dr. Laudon has served as an NSF — NNI proposal reviewer and as an advisor for the Massachusetts Nanotechnology Initiative. He has published over 30 technical publications and patents in topics ranging from nanotechnology, semiconductors, microsystems and optics. Dr. Laudon is the co-founder of the Nano Science and Technology Institute and is the co-founder and chair of the International Nanotechnology Conference (Nanotech 1998 — 2010).
Executive Director - Technology Development
Dr. Bart Romanowicz is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Technology Development for the Nano Science and Technology Institute in Cambridge, MA. He received his M.S. and Sc.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, working in the Microsystems Institute. Dr. Romanowicz is an expert in matching technology capabilities with industrial needs for commercialization. He has served as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an industrial and academic partner manager at the Microsystems firm Coventor and as technology team lead with the Boston based Axiowave Networks, Inc. and CFD Research Corporation. Romanowicz has over 40 technical publications and patents primarily in microsystem design, is the author of Methodology for the Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems, Kluwer (1998), is the co-founder and chair of the Nanotech International Conference and Expo and is Managing Editor or Editor in Chief of two journals and two annuals in micro and nano technologies.
Sarah J. Wenning
Vice President, Operations
Sarah Wenning is Co-founder and Vice President of Operations for the Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI). Ms. Wenning obtained a B.A. with the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has worked in operational management positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a variety of San Francisco Bay area biotechnology start-ups. She has worked with the NSTI since its founding in 1997. Ms. Wenning has 18+ years of meeting management and event planning experience, including directing operations for meetings ranging from 50 to as large as 8,000 attendees. She has planned meetings and events for non-profits, government agencies, government contractors, associations and corporations.
Ms. Rocha serves as Publications Director for the Nano Science and Technology Institute. She is responsible for managing the monthly Nano World News and other publications being developed by the NSTI for the business and nanotechnology community. Before joining the NSTI, Ms. Rocha was a Project Manager with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), a leading state economic development organization. Her work focused on MTC’s flagship publication, the annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy report. She conducted primary data collection and analysis for various reports, and collaborated with and managed Advisory Committees comprised of leaders from business, academia, and government. Ms Rocha also assisted in the creation of the Massachusetts Nanotechnology Initiative (MNI), an initiative that works to promote nanotechnology-related research, development, and business formation. Her work with the MNI included co-organizing the state’s first Nanotechnology Venture Forum in 2003 held at MIT, and serving as Co-Editor on the Nanotechnology in Massachusetts report.
Vice President of Events
Christopher Erb is Vice President of Events for the Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI). Christopher obtained a B.S. with the University of Lowell, Massachusetts, and has over 20 years experience in the conference and trade show industry. Formally the Vice President of Events at DCI, an Andover, Massachusetts based conference company and the Chief Operating Officer of Pulvermedia, a Long Island, New York based trade show organization, Christopher has extensive experience in sales, marketing, operations, content development and executive management. He has been with the NSTI since 2008.
Advanced Materials Coordinator
Fiona Case, is coordinator of advanced materials programs at the NSTI, she has more than 15 years experience in the industrial applications of polymer and surfactant science. Her introduction to industrial polymer science was in the late 80s at Courtaulds Research in the UK where she worked as part of the team developing Tencel - a new environmentally friendly solvent spun cellulose fiber. She also investigated the effects of polyacrylonitrile microstructure on carbon fiber performance using early molecular and quantum mechanics computer modeling techniques. Courtaulds involvement as a founder member of the Biosym/Molecular Simulations Inc. (MSI) Polymer Consortium, one of the earliest materials simulation efforts, meant frequent trips to sunny San Diego, CA. In 1991 she moved to California to join Biosym. Fiona spent nine years at Biosym/MSI (now Accelrys). She carried out contract research for some of the top US and European companies. As manager of the MSI training group she prepared and presented more than 30 workshops worldwide on polymer science and molecular modeling. She also worked in marketing and technical sales support. In 1999 she was hired into a central research group at Colgate Palmolive. This presented challenges including materials structure and property prediction for toothpaste, detergent, hard surface care and personal care products, and packaging and fragrance technology. She also continued to be active in professional education as a lecturer for American Chemical Society (ACS) Short Courses on polymer science and molecular modeling. In her spare time she organized a symposium on Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems, which was held during the ACS National Meeting in Boston, 2002. She is the coeditor a book based on this symposium (ACS Symposium Series #861). In 2003 Fiona left Colgate Palmolive to move to beautiful Vermont with her husband, Martin Case, and to found Case Scientific offering consultancy and contract research in soft nanotechnolgy, computational chemistry, polymer and surfactant science. She has also embarked on a second career in scientific journalism. Fiona is a Chartered Chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ACS, the American Oil Chemists Society, and the National Association of Science Writers.