Daily Archives: March 1, 2011

Update on progress at the Joint School

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JSNN) has provided a good update on its activities in the form of an award nomination.  The JSNN submitted an application for the first Przirembel Prize.  The award recognizes innovative collaborations in the Southeastern United States that generate tangible economic impact.  It will be awarded by InnoVenture LLC, which manages technology and research events for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors.  The award is named for Dr. Chris Przirembel, retired vice president for research and economic development at Clemson University.  It will be presented on May 10 in Greenville, S.C.

Highlights of the JSNN nomination:

  • The Joint School is one of only two schools in the United States with degrees in both nanoengineering and nanoscience.
  • It’s responsible for the creation of 192 jobs to date with an average salary of $70,000.  Job creation and investment are projected to have a $500 million impact on the Piedmont triad region over 10 years.
  • The JSNN will host two upcoming international conferences, the MANCEF COMS conference to be held in Greensboro in September and Nanocon 2012 at the JSNN.

The nomination includes a good, brief account of how the universities work together, how the JSNN came about and where it’s going.

JSNN Przirembel Prize Narrative 2-28-11

Agenda updated for March 16 smart-grid forum

The Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) has issued an updated agenda for the North Carolina Smart Grid Technical Forum.  The event will be held Wednesday March 16 at the Proximity Hotel.  Featured speakers include Dr. Gary Lebby of the A&T Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Eric Lightner, director of the Smart Grid Task Force of the U.S. Department of Energy; and Dr. Mark Johnson, program director for the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy.  The updated agenda: NC Smart Grid Tech Forum Agenda 2-28-11