2006 Purdue–Silicon Valley Symposia

The Path to Nano-Preeminence: Facility, Faculty, and Tech Acceleration

The new Birck Nanotechnology Center building, dedicated in October 2005, has a legitimate claim to being the nation's best academic nanotech facility for conducting research and instruction in nanotechnology. This presentation will describe the building's specialized design for nanoscale research and its unique features. The equipment available will include a Leica VB-6 UHR EWF and an FEI Titan. Example research projects will illustrate the interdisciplinary nanoscale research under way, and our presenters will also discuss a model for accelerating intellectual property into products.

George Adams
Julie Goonewardene

Purdue University

George Adams

Research Development Manager, Birck Nanotechnology Center
Purdue University

George Adams received his BSEE from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1978, his MSEE from Purdue in 1980, and his PhD from Purdue in 1984.

In 1983 he became one of the five initial staff members of the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science at the NASA Ames Research Center. His work focused on high-performance computing for scientific applications. During 1986 he was also a visiting lecturer with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.

In 1987 he joined the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University. He has co-authored 40-plus journal and conference papers, nine book chapters, and a U.S. patent. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and both the General Motors Corporation Technical Education Program and the National Technological University have named him an Outstanding Instructor for his distance education classes.

Adams joined the team planning the Birck Nanotechnology Center in spring 2000 and became its research development manager in 2004. He works to foster new multidisciplinary nanoscale research efforts and promote application of nanoscale research results to meet societal needs.

Julie Goonewardene

Associate Director of Technology Commercialization, Discovery Park
Purdue University

Julie Goonewardene leads the commercialization effort for Discovery Park at Purdue University. Key areas within Discovery Park include innovations in nanotechnology, life sciences, and energy. Her major focus is company formation and the identification, development, and protection of intellectual property.

Prior to joining Purdue she was president and CEO of Cantilever Technologies. Goonewardene co-founded Cantilever with venture capital funding and later executed Cantilever's sale to i360. At the time of Cantilever's sale, customers included Cummins, Brunswick, and Lockheed Martin. Cantilever's software—the Readiness Engine—allowed complex organizations to analyze, understand, and resolve exceptions related to standard customer and supplier transactions. Prior to Cantilever, she was president of SSG, a boutique-consulting firm. Earlier she was a senior principal and one of the first 30 employees of Technology Solutions Company.

Goonewardene is co-author of The Right Decision for the Right Reason and a guest lecturer at Purdue University's Krannert School. She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Financial Exchange, the Advisory Board—Purdue Convocations, and the American Association of University Women.