Dr. Anthony F. Laviano
NANOworld® Chairman and Founder
Northrop Rice Advanced Instituted of Technology
Chief Technology Officer
In 2005 when nanotechnology was introduced at the PSMA board meeting the membership lacked interest in this disruptive technology, thinking it was unreal. It was only through the foresight of the PSMA Executive Director, Joe Horzepa, that I continued to pursue the notion that PSMA have a Nanotechnology initiative.
During the 2007 PSMA Board meeting I gave a presentation entitled “The Nano Frontier” which introduced the notion of designing power sources using nanotechnology, that is, the nano scale, between 1 nanometer (nm) to 100 nanometers (nm) . As a result, PSMA authorized a Special Project to develop an e-learning tutorial on nanotechnology to introduce the basics of the technology to its PSMA members.
A Nanotechnology Committee was established with Chuck Mullett and me as Co-Chairs. The Nanotechnology Form was added on PSMA web page. Our purpose was to educate the membership concerning the application of nanotechnology in the power sources industry and bring about the awareness that nanotechnology has arrived into world of application.
Our mission before us, in cooperation with Dr. J. Michael Rice, President of Northrop Rice Advanced Instituted of Technology ( NRAIT) and Aerolearn its e-learning platform, we went on to provide Nano 100 a Nanotechnology tutorial for the membership in 2008 with an update in 2011 and Nano 200, an advanced tutorial, in 2013. Also, in 2013 we completed Nano 300 Colloquium for college campuses world wide with cash awards for the best Nanotechnology Paper.
In parallel, we focused on bring nanotechnology education and awareness to APEC. In 2010 Chuck Mullett, Nanotechnology Committee Co-Chair, introduced the first Nanotechnology Industry Session at APEC and I, the other Nanotechnology Committee Co-Chair, presented a Nanotechnology overview in the Plenary Session. Our Nanotechnology Committee continued with PSMA Nanotechnology Industry Sessions in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. At APEC 2013 we also had a Nanotechnology Plenary Session speaker and a Nanotechnology Professional Education Seminar. Nanotechnology topics are now becoming an integral part within APEC sessions. This being the case, a separate Nanotechnology Industry Session was longer necessary.
Thus, we fulfilled our mission to bring Nanotechnology education and awareness to the PSMA membership, APEC and students world wide. Nanotechnology is now an integral part of PSMA Technical Forums. Mission Accomplished!
Remembering Chuck Mullett, PSMA Nanotechnology Committee and Forum Co-Founder (click here to read more)