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Event Series Event Series: Erich Bloch Symposium

Erich Bloch Symposium

June 4, 2018


This two-day forum is hosted by the UB Department of Materials, Design & Innovation in memory of Erich Bloch.  Leaders from across the country will address how innovations in materials can impact business and society.

Speakers Include:

  • Krishna Rajan, Erich Bloch Chair, Department of Materials Design & Innovation; University at Buffalo
  • Michael Ward, Silver Chair Professor of Chemistry, and Director, Molecular Design Institute; New York University
  • Linda Sapochak, Director, Division of Materials Research; National Science Foundation
  • Jeff Belt, President, SolEpoxy and co-Chair of WNY Regional Economic Development Council
  • Mark Shima, President, Panasonic ECO Solutions Solar of New York
  • Frits Abell, Chief Operating Officer; Green Machine
  • Kemper Lewis, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Director, Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies; University at Buffalo
  • Kristina M. Johnson, Chancellor, State University of New York; and Professor of Electrical Engineering, University at Buffalo.
  • Don Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry; MIT
  • Payal Sampat, Mining Program Director; Earthworks
  • Shelia Davis, Executive Director; Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
  • Jonathan Bird, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering; University at Buffalo
  • William Petuskey, Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, and Director, Advanced Materials Initiatives; Arizona State University
  • Mark Rossi, Executive Director; Clean Production Action
  • David Furrer, Senior Fellow Discipline Lead; Pratt and Whitney; and In-coming president of ASM International, the Materials Information Society
  • Christina Orsi, Associate Vice President, Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships; University at Buffalo
  • Helga Vanthournout, Senior Expert, Center for the Business and the Environment; McKinsey & Company, Geneva, Switzerland
  • John Fullerton, Founder and President; Capital Institute
  • Lauren Asplen, Director, Healthy Sustainability Program; BlueGreen Alliance
  • Ken Geiser, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Sarah O’Brien, Director; Clean Electronics Production Network
  • Jim Vallette, Research Director; Health Building Network



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