Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)

Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)

Nanotechnology focus at annual IEST meeting

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The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) 54th Annual Technical Meeting and Exposition, ESTECH 2008, will be held May 4–7 at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale (Northwest Suburban Chicago), Illinois. In addition to the scores of presentations, tutorials, and working groups of interest and importance to the Design, Test, and Evaluation, Product Reliability, and Contamination Control communities, a significant portion of the event will center on the burgeoning new science of nanotechnology.

The renowned Dr. E. Clayton Teague will give the Keynote Address at the Annual Awards and Membership Luncheon on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Dr. Teague is Director of the federal National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). Dr. Teague was previously Chief of the Manufacturing Metrology Division in the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dr. Teague served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nanotechnology for ten years and is currently a member of its Editorial Board. He holds a BS and MS in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in physics from the University of North Texas. He has authored or coauthored 70 papers, has presented 50 invited talks in the technical fields described, and holds six patents jointly with colleagues. Dr. Teague has received the Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award from the Department of Commerce.

A number of nanotechnology-related educational opportunities will be available to attendees. John Weaver, facilities manager of the Birck Nanotechnology Center (BNC) at Purdue University, will give a full-day tutorial on nanotechnology facility design on Monday, May 5. Nanotechnology Working Groups will meet to discuss the development of potential Nanotechnology Recommended Practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6 and 7. A seminar (technical session) on nanotechnology, chaired by Dr. David S. Ensor, IEST delegate to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies, will take place on May 7.

Concluding ESTECH 2008 will be an optional all-day tour by motor coach to the Birck Nanotechnology Center on Thursday, May 8. The BNC was listed as the 2007 Facility of the Year by Controlled Environments magazine. The BNC leverages advances in nanoscale science and engineering to create innovative nanotechnologies addressing societal challenges and opportunities in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence, and health. In turn, the BNC exploits the accelerating progress in nanotechnology utilizing the most advanced nanoscale instrumentation to pursue answers to fundamental questions in the life and physical sciences. The interplay between these two complementary arcs of inquiry fosters a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for discovery well into the 21st century.

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