May 6-7, 2004
College of Veterinary Medicine Auditorium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vet Med Basic Sciences Building
2001 S. Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone 217-333-2760

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List of Posters

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mel Bernstein; Director University Research Programs, Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Celia Merzbacher; Technology Policy Analyst, Office of the Science and Technology Policy at the White House

Poster Instructions

Organizing Committee

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Nanotechnology's potential to assist with homeland security endeavors will be the theme of the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) -sponsored workshop, that hundreds of experts from academia, government, and industry will attend on May 6-7, 2004 at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.  The two-day workshop will also feature poster sessions, group discussions, and tour of key laboratories such as the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and others.  

It is envisaged that workshop will lead to concerted effort in bringing to the forefront the unique strength of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in agriculture, biology, food sciences, engineering, information sciences, and veterinary medicine.  Simultaneously, the presence of small companies at the University Research Park, and the university’s ongoing industrial partnerships with Fortune 500 companies will be leveraged to address the needs of homeland security in an integrated manner on a rapid turnaround basis.  The workshop is likely to lead to research and development towards next generation of fast, portable, extra-sensitive, ultra-light, nanotechnology-enabled smart sensors.

It is anticipated that the representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, will outline the current and future homeland security needs as seen from the national perspective and on department-specific basis.  


The broad objective of the workshop is to showcase University of Illinois research, which may have potential for applications in the arena of homeland security.  Other objectives include gaining insight into potential needs for homeland security and facilitate research collaborations.  



The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is the premier center for nanotechnology research, education, and outreach activities. CNST draws its strength from working as a collaboratory involving the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Biotechnology Laboratory, Coordinated Science Laboratory, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Institute for Genomic Biology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the School of Chemical Sciences. The Center is working towards seamless integration of interdisciplinary research from atoms and materials to devices and systems. CNST is uniquely located to harness the entrepreneurial and technical spirit in the Midwest, with ongoing industrial linkages as it prepares tomorrow's workforce. The CNST thrives on its cutting-edge research in bionanotechnology, computational nanotechnology, nanocharacterization, nanoelectromechanical systems, nanoelectronics, nanofabrication, nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, and nanophotonics.

For more information visit: or email:, or call 217-333-3097.

                                              LAB TOUR

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory Tours are available on request

 NOTE: Registration is required and will be confirmed by email.           Please register-  (Click to register online)

Lab tours can be requested by writing to:


Posters are invited from UIUC graduate students, faculty, relevant departments,  local TechCommUnity, and industry

Poster Session Location: Atrium, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign- May 6-7, 2004

 1.  The general theme for the posters should be research and applications in the general area of nanotechnology with current or potential applications in homeland security.

 2.   Poster Size:  Total Display Area:  4 ‘ x 4 ‘ (tape provided)

 3.   All posters should be put up between 9:00-11:00AM on May 6 and taken down between 2:00 to 4:00PM, on May 7, 2004.

 4.   Each poster should have a representative present to explain the research from 11:30AM to 1:00PM and 5:30 to 7:30PM on May 6. 

 5.   All confirmations for posters should be sent to: by April 30, 2004.

Include the following information: 
Presenter Name (s)
Dept. / Company Affiliation 
Faculty Advisor(s) 
Poster Title  

For clarifications please call CNST: 217-333-3097


Melvin Bernstein is director of University Research Programs at the U.S.Department of Homeland Security. Prior to taking this position he spent three decades in academia, including 20 years in high-level administrative service.

As provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs and senior vice president for Academic and Research Policy at Brandeis University, he initiated a major restructuring of the undergraduate program in Arts and Sciences and expanded research and intellectual property activities in the key areas of behavioral genomics and bioinformatics. Other administrative positions have included vice president and faculty dean for Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Tufts University; provost and academic vice president, followed by chancellor and senior vice president, Illinois Institute of Technology, ITT Center, Chicago; department head for Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Carnegie Mellon University; and associate dean at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Bernstein completed undergraduate and graduate work at Columbia University, focusing on metallurgy and material science. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Berkeley Nuclear Laboratory of the Central Electricity Generating Board, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. His early career experience also included research at the E. C. Bain Laboratory for Fundamental Research, U.S. Steel Corporation. As a liaison scientist to the U.S. Office of Naval Research in the late 1970s, Bernstein traveled extensively throughout Europe and Israel to assess and report on university and industrial materials research and development. He has been invited to lecture at the most prestigious universities as well as major government and industry laboratories around the world.

A respected scientist, Bernstein also has been active on many national, state, and university panels and boards. He served as a panel chairman for the National Research Council Study on Materials Science and Engineering, 1986 to 1991, where he was a co-author of A National Agenda in Materials Science and Engineering.

He was also panel chairman for the 1988 Study on Research Directions and Needs in U.S. Manufacturing, made by the Manufacturing Studies Board of the National Research Council. He served as a panel member on Advanced Space Transportation for the Office of Technology Assessment from 1987 to 1989.

From 1990 to 1996, he was a member of the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council.

In Illinois, he served as an executive committee member to the Illinois Governor’s Science Advisory Committee from 1989 to 1991, and as a board member for the Chicago Information Industry Council from 1988 to 1991. He served on the Board of Governors for the IIT Research Institute and the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1990 to 1999, as well as the Board of Trustees for the Academy for Math and Science Teachers of Chicago from 1990 to 1991.

Bernstein is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific and technical papers. In addition, he is co-editor of four books, including a widely used handbook on stainless steels, and numerous articles and interviews on K-12 and university education and community relation issues. He was associate editor for Metallurgical Transaction from 1977 to 1982, and co-chairman and co-editor for the proceedings of three international conferences on hydrogen in metals and materials (1973, 1975, and 1978).

Active in professional societies, Bernstein served on the Board of Directors for the Metallurgical Society of AIME from 1979 to 1980, and again from 1983 to 1986. He is a member of the American Society for Metals (ASM).

  Workshop Organizing Committee

1.      Ilesanmi Adesida; Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering/ Director CNST and MNTL (Chair)

2.       Irfan Ahmad; Assistant Director, CNST

3.       Steve Bishop; Associate Vice President, Corporate Relations and Economic Development

4.       Kent Choquette; Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering/ Micro and Nanotechnology Lab.

5.       Geoff Dahl, Associate Professor, Animal Science              

6.       Jennifer Eardley; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

7.       Terry Greene; Business Development Manager, SAIC

8.       Edwin Hahn; Associate Dean for Research, College of Veterinary  Medicine

9.       Kathy Harper; Coordinator, Micro and Nanotechnology Lab.

10.     Thomas Mackin, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering   

11.    Sean Murdock; Executive Director, AtomWorks

12.    Mark Shannon; Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Nano-CEMMS, and CAMPWS

13.     Steve Sonka; Assistant Dean, Research Strategy, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

14.     Brenda Wilson; Associate Professor, Microbiology

For More Information Contact:

 Prof. Ilesanmi Adesida

Dr. Irfan Ahmad

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
University of Illinois


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