March 5-6: Tech summit

UD to host inaugural Fraunhofer-Delaware Technology Summit


1:35 p.m., Feb. 13, 2013--The inaugural Fraunhofer-Delaware Technology Summit, set for March 5-6 at the University of Delaware, will bring together scientists and engineers from Europe and the U.S. to explore solutions for sustainability in two critical areas — energy and the life sciences. 

Those who plan to attend the summit need to register soon. Registration on the conference website closes Feb. 25.

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The first day of the summit is a full-day conference at UD’s Clayton Hall Conference Center featuring local and international speakers, including keynoters Douglas Muzyka, senior vice president and chief science and technology officer at DuPont, who will speak on “Life Sciences Addressing Global Challenges,” and Lee Davis, senior vice president and regional president, East, at NRG Energy, who will present “From Fossil to Photons: An Energy Company’s Transformation.”

The second day of the summit will feature laboratory tours and follow-up discussions.

“We look forward to welcoming leaders in research, translational sciences and industry to the inaugural Fraunhofer-Delaware Technology Summit,” said Karl Steiner, UD’s senior associate provost for research development and co-organizer of the conference. “This is a tremendous opportunity to network and share ideas for addressing some of society’s major challenges.”

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, with initiatives focusing on health, security, communication, energy and the environment. It has more than 80 research units, including 60 Fraunhofer Institutes, and more than 20,000 staff, primarily engineers and scientists.

The Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology (CMB), a subsidiary of Fraunhofer USA, is located in the Delaware Technology Park and conducts research and development in the area of plant biotechnology. 

The University of Delaware is classified as a research university with very high research activity — a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal research and development support for science and engineering. The University has more than 70 research centers, will open a new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory in 2013 and recently began phase-one development of the 272-acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus

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