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White House Associate Director of Science and Technology Policy Thomas Kalil To Keynote at NSTI Nanotech 2009 in Houston

Keynote Address "Nanotechnology and the Obama Administration" Scheduled for Monday, May 4th. Mr. Kalil joins impressive list of keynote speakers coming to Houston for Nanotech 2009
Tom Kalil

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Kalil, the associate director of Science and Technology Policy for the Obama Administration has been added to the conference program at NSTI Nanotech, taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas May 3-7. Kalil is scheduled to deliver his keynote address, “Nanotechnology and the Obama Administration” on Monday, May 4th at 8:30 AM.

“Thomas Kalil is one of the top advisors in the Obama administration working on science, technology, and energy policy issues, and we are honored he will share his insights with attendees,” said Dr. Matthew Laudon, executive director of NSTI. “This is the strongest program we’ve ever assembled, and contributions from policy makers like Mr. Kalil provide enhanced value to the overall conference.”

In addition to his role in the Obama Administration, Thomas Kalil is also the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. There, he is responsible for multi-disciplinary research initiatives which intersect information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems and biology. He is actively involved in building and strengthening partnerships between biotechnology organizations, and industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

Previously, Thomas Kalil served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy, and he was the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council, where he led a number of White House technology initiatives, such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Next Generation Internet, bridging the digital divide, e-learning, and he helped to increase funding for long-term information technology research.

Kalil has authored numerous articles and op-eds on S&T policy, nanotechnology, nuclear strategy, U.S.-Japan trade negotiations, U.S.-Japan cooperation in science and technology, the National Information Infrastructure, distributed learning, and electronic commerce.

Nanotech Keynote & Plenary Speaker List for Houston
The NSTI Nanotech conference will feature prominent speakers in the areas of nanotechnology research, development, and business, including:

Dan Arvizu, Director, U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Anatoly Borisovich Chubais, Director General, Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies
Paul Dickerson, Partner, Haynes & Boone LLP; Former COO, DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Ray O. Johnston, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Larry Kellner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Airlines, Inc.
Robert J. Kumpf, Chief Administrative Office, Bayer MaterialScience LLC
John Mendelsohn, President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Scott Tinker, President, American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Director, Burean of Economic Geology State Geologists of Texas
R. James Woolsey, Venture Partner and Senior Advisor, Vantage Point

This year’s program in Houston is not to be missed! To view the NSTI Nanotech program, please visit To register in advance (early bird registration deadline ends Friday, April 24), click here. RSS feed of Nano World News

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