Dr. Abdulrahman Al Zamil has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zamil Industrial Investment Company since its formation in 1998. He is also Chairman of Zamil Holding Company. Dr. Al Zamil started his distinguished career in 1973 as Assistant Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He was appointed Deputy Governor of Electricity in 1977, and then served as Deputy Minister of Commerce in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1980 to 1996. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of both the Saudi Export Development Center and the National Power Company. He is also a board member of the Al Shoura Consultative Council, Sahara Petrochemicals Company, Saudi International Petrochemical Company (SIPCHEM), Ministry of Labor Consultative Committee, and the High Committee of King Saud University Endowment. Dr. Al Zamil has authored several publications and has also represented the Government of Saudi Arabia and headed delegations to various international conferences and events on industry and development. He received his B.A. in Law from Cairo University and his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Saad's hobby and all time passion has been football/soccer. He has played soccer competitively all through his youth, high school and college, reaching the semi-professional A-League in California. As varsity captain of his high school team, he took a sports leadership role early on. Over the years and through his passion for the sport of soccer he became manager to the University of California Riverside's (UCR) Club team. Saad then later became an influential participant in attracting a Division I soccer program to UCR. While pursing his Master's at the University of New Mexico, Saad interned as Director of Operations for one of the country's top collegiate soccer programs, working under Jeremy Fishbien, Soccer America's National Head Coach of the year 2005. Saad played the leading role in the stadium attendance creating an atmosphere and sporting environment to be the first of its kind in US collegiate history. Saad excited the local community about New Mexico soccer, grew a local fan club, organized special event, and create buzz across the web. As a result, the University of New Mexico placed in the top 5 for NCAA Soccer fan attendance for the past five years. Saad carries a Bachelor's of Science from the University of California-Riverside and a Master's of Science from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. He has over 12 years experience in the Information Technology field, and has specialized in relational database design, data management and data analysis. Currently, Saad is working in the Visualization Core Lab at KAUST as a Systems Administrator.
Ahmad Kadoura is a student at KAUST and hopes to graduate with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering in December 2010. He was born in Kuwait and moved with his family to Lebanon at the age of 5 years old. After finishing high school in Lebanon he completed his undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. In his second semester at Kaust he started to compose poems and has written around 8 pieces so far.
Eng. Albaraa Bahjatt started his venture into IT in 1997. He gained a wide spectrum of knowledge in several IT areas such as Infrastructure, Voice, Security, Servers, Systems, Microsoft, Cisco, Storage solutions, connectivity, Switching and Routing and many other areas from Design to implementation and operations of these technologies. He started as a network technician working his way upwards to director of operations in a mid-sized IT company. He then ventured into management consultancy, where he worked as a Business Analyst then Management consultant and internal Auditing. Engineer Bahjatt then decided to create his own IT company which he co- founded and is now the director of Operations & Technology in Smart Business Solutions, one of the fastest growing companies in Saudi Arabia in 2008 & 2009
Alessandro Karmani born in 1979, Paris, France. Studied Mathematic & Biology; at the age of 16 developed an interest into the art of food. Quickly the simple interest turns to a passion. Since 1999 the real adventure start, Bistro Romain (Champs Elyse, Paris), followed by amazing work experience in many places SPAIN/ITALY then USA. On 2004 back to Europe, the next step was to work at the prestigious place, VASCO &PIERO’S Restaurant LONDON, where learned a tremendous understanding of the real traditional Italian Food & Earn on three consecutive years the winning award of the best Italian Restaurant in London. On 2007 Mr. Majed Saud KAKI dined at Restaurant and was seduced by the quality test & invited him to join his team KAKI GROUPE, JEDDAH. Since beginning 2008 Alessandro Karmani is the Executive Chef of the Prestigious Al –Shurafa International fine dining restaurant
Dr. Alyn P. Rockwood is Associate Director of the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center, and Professor of Applied Mathematics at KAUST. At the pioneering graphics company Evans and Sutherland, he led a team that first achieved certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a pilot training simulator, which allowed pilots to train completely for new aircraft on a simulator. At Silicon Graphics, Inc, he developed the method for rendering curved surfaces in real time that is integral to OpenGL today. These and other innovations led the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH), the premier organization in computer graphics, to appoint him as Research Papers Chair in 1999 and Conference Chair in 2003. Recently, as vice president, he led a multi-million-dollar initiative to create the new conference, SIGGRAPH in Asia. Dr. Rockwood has been in academics at Arizona State University and Colorado School of Mines, where he was Assistant Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies. He has received several teaching awards, the COFES 2007 Innovation in Technology Award, and the CAD Society "Heroes of Engineering" Award. His current research is focused on developing new modeling techniques for industrial design and animation, volume meshing for FE analysis, a new basis for image processing, and engineering applications of Clifford Algebra. Dr. Rockwood has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, secured six patents, co-founded three successful start-up companies and written three books, including one novel.
The workshop will be delivered by Dr. Ammar Al-Nahwi, who is a long time enthusiast and hobbyist of Islamic Calligraphy. From a very young age, Ammar started collecting and studying works of calligraphy, including books and articles as well as meeting calligraphy teachers accessible in his community. He later expanded his interests and exposure to calligraphy through travel, meeting some master as well as amateur calligraphers and compiling a collection of references and books on the subject that now exceeds 80 items. At the young age of 15, Ammar produced a limited number of calligraphy works (attempts) that are displayed in the family home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Despite his formal education and career in Mechanical Engineering, he maintained a passion for this art and used various opportunities to speak about and advocate for the preservation of this important element of Islamic and Arabic heritage. Dr. Al-Nahwi, holds a PhD in mechanical engineering, and is currently serving as KAUST’s Vice President of Research and Development Management
Dr. Sherris' research interests include second language acquisition (studies of interaction, feedback, and second language motivation); bilingualism and bilingual education; heritage and indigenous language revitalization; discourse analysis, cohesion, and stylistics; oracy and literacy standards of learning and curriculum development, including task-based language teaching and learning together with integrated content and language instruction. He frames his work as language ecology in order to research and develop sustainable, diverse approaches aligned with local communities of practice in collaboration with broader, global interests and concerns. His previous positions include Research Associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. and Curriculum Coordinator of an M.A. TESOL program at SUNY College at Fredonia. He has worked as a consultant on four continents and taught graduate courses in second language acquisition, action research, and the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model at universities across the U.S.
Ayman Jamal is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of (Visualizit) www.visualizit.tv which is a Creative Communications & Production House that specializes in developing and producing media content, TV shows, documentaries, public service messages and social media that focuses on behavior change and promoting better values for better living!. Visualizit has produced couple of mega social Campaigns for The National Dialogue Center and SAGIA (Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority). Also, launched the first anti racism rap song. Ayman is a very active entrepreneur and is the current president of Jeddah Young Businessmen Committee, Board Member EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) – Saudi Chapter and a Board Member – Jeddah Council for S&M Business Development.
Basel Al-Naffouri has been acting and improvising for over 6 years. Basel started his career at MIT's Theater department. Combining his interest in the Middle East and his passion for improv, he produced, directed and acted in An Improvised Arabian Nights. Basel has appeared in numerous films including Tamer Tate, Muslims at Work and Inheritance. Most recently, Basel appeared in Golden Thread’s production of No Such Cold Thing and I’m not a Serial Killer. He also regularly performs with improv troupes such as Double Entendre and Audible Clique, and has studied with Studio ACT, Stanford Continued Studies, and the BATS School of Improv.
Tucker placed 10th in the country in 2010. She was a board member and captain of Westchester Summer League, Central Park Ultimate clinic teacher, Columbia University women's team coach, Yale University women's team captain and MVP of Team USA (2007)
Dr Nordén, former Chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, is a world leader in spectroscopy with polarized light for studying structure and interactions in complex molecular systems, including biological ones. His contributions cover a wide range of science: from fundamental electronic and photo-physical properties of aromatic chromophores, to topics related to bio-molecular recognition. He is known for the design of several, now famous constructs, including peptide nucleic acids and intercalators with kinetic DNA sequence selectivity and, recently, the first nanotechnical strategy for controlled assembly of an addressable supra-molecular network. He is promoting science globally to a general public through Molecular Frontiers (www.molecularfrontiers.org).
Benoit Marchand is a well-known figure in the world of High-Performance Computing and a frequent speaker at conferences. He built and managed SGI's (then Cray also) European HPC application tuning and benchmarking center and later also managed HPC sales and developed cluster products for Sun Microsystems Europe. He published the first Web manual on the subject of application tuning, authored a SPEC benchmark (resolved the Queens problem dilemma), was first to break the 1 GFlops barrier with the Linpack benchmark, authored several patents and founded a software company. He is renowned for developing innovative parallelization techniques and tools constantly pushing the limit of HPC technology. Mr Marchand holds a Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Waterloo and an MBA from HEC
Mr Bruno Bonnell, 52, is a French citizen, multi-entrepreneur specialized in digital world and robotic. For 25 years he ran the largest European interactive entertainment Company INFOGRAMES-ATARI. In 1995 he founded the first French Internet service provider, INFONIE and in 2006 created ROBOPOLIS a leading service robot Company. Both creative and pragmatic, he is considered as a visionary and innovater and advises many administrations and companies around the world. He has published two books: “Practice of home computing” and “VIVA LA ROBOLUTION! “ He is currently working on a new creation: SPARX the augmented robot© aimed at teaching basic and advanced robotic through augmented reality
Catherine Newman has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has been working as a product designer for the past 4 years. Her work has been published in design magazine ReadyMade and she is currently the head mechanical designer at San Francisco-based company, Streetline Networks
Chandrajit Bajaj is the director of the Center for Computational Visualization, in the Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES) and a Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Bajaj holds the Computational Applied Mathematics Chair in Visualization. He is also an affiliate faculty member of Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Bio-Medical Engineering, Neurobiology, and a fellow of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology. He additionally participates actively in the activities of the Center for Learning and Memory, and the Center for Perceptual Systems. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1980, with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Sciences from Cornell University, in 1983, and 1984 respectively. He is on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications, the ACM Computing Surveys, the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences and the Journal of Visualization. He is on numerous national and international conference committees, has served as a scientific consultant to national labs, and national science foundations of Spain, Austria, Korea, and China. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
Dr. Chuck Hansen is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Director of the School of Computing at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 1987. His expertise is in visualization methods
Dr. Christian Rey is a Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and part-time associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique (Mechanics department). He is head of Farman Institute (interdisciplinary institute) at ENS Cachan. He conducts research activities at LMT Cachan laboratory where he is head of the “High Performance Computing and Integrity of Structures” team. A f ormer student of Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan (1993), he graduated from University of Paris VI with a Master of Mathematics (1991) and a Master of Applied Mathematics (1991). He received his Ph.D in Mechanics in 1994 from Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan. He was the recipient of the Seymour Cray Young Researchers Prize in 1998. He has published about 30 refereed articles and book chapters in scientific international journals. His area of expertise includes the Finite Element Method and Domain Decomposition Methods with applications to non linear solid mechanics. His research has focused in the past few years on domain decomposition methods with localization of non linear phenomena, estimation and control of discretization error for numerical approximations within domain decomposition and on coupling methods for multi-scale and multi-physic simulations with applications to non linear solid mechanics.
While working as a postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric chemistry Christopher Knox discovered he was more interested in using computer graphics to help process and analyze very large datasets than in actually producing data. This led to a project developing software for the visualization of global climate change simulations a on 200 MPixel tiled display wall. Following this he worked for 3 years at NVIDIA, a leading visual computing company. Now he is a research scientist in KAUST's Visualization Laboratory working with KAUST's scientists to help them visualize their data using the visualization laboratory's displays
Christos Saragiotis holds a degree in Mathematics, diploma in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D .in geophysical signal processing. Prior to his joining the Seismic Wave Analysis Group of KAUST in November 2009 he worked at the Eötvös Loránd Geophysical Institute as a researcher. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer in Technological and Engineering Departments in Greece.
Professor Claudia Bettiol is a recognized expert in the geo-political and socio-engineering aspects and strategic deployment of Digital Cars and Digital Energy. She is an advisor to public authorities and private corporations on the technological and social implications of the large-scale deployment of renewable energies. Professor Bettiol teaches a European PhD Course on Sustainable Mobility at Tor Vergata University in Rome. She has published a large number of scientific articles and books on the geo-politics of renewable energy and the confluence between scientific knowledge and human development
Courtney Malone holds a Master of Music Education degree from the Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music from the College of William and Mary. She has founded and led ensembles of musicians in her native USA, Portugal, Thailand, the UAE, and here in Saudi Arabia, working with singers and players from age 3 to 93. She has performed with choirs across the USA and in Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. Her academic interests include historically informed performance practice, use of reinforcement strategies with amateur ensembles, music therapy, and the senescent voice. Courtney teaches general music at the Harbor Secondary School. She is delighted to be able to help bring music to the growing KAUST community.
Dr. Craig Douglas is the School of Energy Resources Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Institute for Scientific Computation at the University of Wyoming. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University in 1982. He has worked for Duke University, the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yale University, and the University of Kentucky. He holds a visiting professorship in Wuhan, China. His expertise includes parallel methods and data-driven science.
Dan Cscontos is currently managing science communication and consultancy projects in the Middle East for MSC. He has an elite editorial background having focussed on finding, editing and publishing the world’s best applied and pure physics research papers during stints as an editor on Nature Physics and Nature. A theoretical physicist by training, prior to joining Nature Publishing Group, Dan gained a broad research experience in nanophysics and nanotechnology during his PhD work in quantum transport in nanostructures at Lund University, Sweden, and postdoctoral research in spintronics at Ohio University in the United States and Massey University in New Zealand.
Dania Nassief is the co-founder of Eggdancer Productions, the first production company in Saudi Arabia to be owned and managed by Saudi women. Dania has worked on a variety of projects, from cooking and culture to social affairs, including “Jeddah: The Old City “and the IMAX film “Journey to Mecca” and “Herrscherhäuser aus 1000 und einer Nacht” for ZDF. Dania seeks to enlighten as well as entertain. She is considered a pioneer in her field as the first woman to manage a production company in Saudi Arabia without a male presence. Her primary focus is to bring about social change, which she feels she can achieve through her chosen profession.
Dr. David Reckhow has been on the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts since 1985, and has just completed a term as Interim Department Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering. From 2002 to 2005, he served as Director of The Environmental Institute on the Amherst Campus, as well as the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center. Prior to going to UMass, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Compagnie Générale des Eaux in Paris. Dave has degrees from Tufts University (BSCE), Stanford University (MSCE) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD). His current research interests include general aquatic chemistry, chemical oxidation of organic compounds in water, coagulation processes, analysis of pollutants in water, and aquatic organic matter in natural systems and drinking waters. He has special interests in trace organic compounds, disinfection byproducts and ozonation processes for drinking water treatment. Dr Reckhow served for several years as North American Technical Editor of the international journal, Ozone: Science and Engineering. He was also a co-author of the widely-used reference book, Ozone in Water Treatment: Application and Engineering. He has authored over 80 publications. Several of these have been recognized with AWWA and IOA publication awards. He was also a recipient of an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. Dr Reckhow has an active research program (currently PI on 6 research grants), and he regularly serves as a consultant to engineering firms, and industrial and governmental groups.
Ms. Erica T. Jolly has been teaching English as a Foreign Language, English for Business, English for Specific Purposes and English for Academic purposes now for over 18 years in 9 different countries, on 4 different continents. Immediately prior to working at KAUST she was teaching at universities in Nottingham and Hull in the UK. Her MA in English Language Teaching Is from the University of Reading in England. Ms. Jolly also has a background in the sciences, with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics.
Eugenijus Kaniusas graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT), Austria, in 1997. Dr.techn. study completed and habilitated (venia docendi) in bioelectrical engineering, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Currently he is associate university professor and head of research group “Biomedical Sensing” at the Institute of Electrodynamics, Microwave and Circuit Engineering, VUT. He teaches and conducts research on electric, acoustic, optic, and magnetoelastic sensors for biomedical applications, biomedical signal processing, and wearable hardware/software concepts for diagnostic/therapeutic biomedical devices. Since 2007 he has been a full member of advisory board of study affairs of Biomedical Engineering at VUT.
Ghazi Binzagr - Holds a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Management and Organization Development. He is a fourth generation member in the Binzagr Group. The group started as a trading company in the Arabian Peninsula more than 130 years ago. He is the Deputy Chairman of Arabian Stores Co Ltd (Sarawat Superstores). He is also a Board Member of Binzagr CoRo, Binzagr Avon, Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance (Middle East) Limited, Binzagr Barwil Marine Transport company and he is also the President of Wisaal, a company he founded for human and community development. He is an active volunteer in the community where he serves in different capacities through various institutions including the Jeddah Chambers of Commerce and the Madinah Community Center. He is an active contributor and member of the Honorary Advisory Board at Effat University, the first private University for women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a former member of HRH Prince Migrin Bin Abdel Aziz Think Tank Group set up specifically to advise on regional development in the Madinah Region.
Dr. Gilles Lubineau is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at KAUST. He assumed his duties in July 2009. Prior to his appointment at KAUST, Dr. Lubineau was a member of the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan,. He was the head of the “Composites, micro and nanostructure research group” at LMT-Cachan with applications in damage mechanics and multiscale modeling for laminated composites and thermostructural composites. While at KAUST, Dr. Lubineau has set up COHMAS (Composite and Heterogeneous Materials Analysis and Simulation), an integrated laboratory for controlling composite science, from the process, to the characterization, the modeling, the simulation and the validation. Current research interest are: nanoreinforced multifunctional materials, multiscale modeling from damage to final failure, controlled identification based on 3D tomography, bridging domains techniques. Dr. Lubineau received a graduate degree from École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS-Cachan), France. He received his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University Paris VI, France, followed by a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the Laboratory of Mechanics and Technology, France. He also earned the agrégation (French high level qualification for teaching) in theoretical mechanics, in 1999, and his research habilitation in Mechanics in 2008
In 2005 Mr. Hisham A A Koshak founded and is now currently the CEO of HAYKALAH. Today HAYKALA has established itself as a leading Saudi Islamic investment banking firm. Mr. Koshak previously worked for The National Commercial Bank ("NCB") where he established and managed the Islamic Product Development Group ("PDG"). PDG served NCB's thrust of being "The most inventive Islamic products provider". The result of that came when PDG introduced the first Islamic cash base finance ("TWARROQ") and the first Islamic credit card to private consumers and then moved on to corporate clients as well. After firmly establishing HAYKALAH in 2005, Mr. Koshak b Vice-President at Swicorp and participated in a number of landmark transactions. Mr. Koshak also established the private equity management division of Swicorp. Mr. Koshak holds a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing Services and a Bachelor degree in Marketing from Kensington University in Glendale California, USA and is working on his Ph.D. in Islamic Economics from George Washington University in Washington DC, USA.
Dr. Ilham Kadri was appointed General Manager, Middle East and Africa, for Dow Advanced Materials Division (AMD) in October 2009. Dr. Kadri is responsible for driving the development of AMD commercial activities and strategy throughout the region. She will focus on building the new division, generating regional growth opportunities and aligning business segments. Dr. Kadri joined Dow in 2007 as a Marketing Director for Dow Coating Materials (DCM), after the acquisition of Rohm & Haas, where she was Marketing Director for the architectural, industrial, and construction business unit and responsible for developing and executing the strategy for the EMEA region. During this time, Dr. Kadri built and led a highly reputable and successful marketing and product management team. She successfully created an effective regional innovation process for new products which led to a robust and sustainable sales pipeline. With her team and customer partnerships, she launched innovative technologies into the EMEA markets. Dr. Kadri brings to Dow strong leadership skills and international market knowledge based on a decade of marketing and business leadership roles that include innovation process design, changing the game in commodity markets, and leading management change. She has a strategic ability to differentiate and create value for customers while identifying unmet market needs. Throughout her career in public and private companies including Huntsman Advanced Materials, UCB-Cytec and Shell Chemicals – Basell, Dr. Kadri has held regional and global positions of increasing responsibility in multiple functions including: sales and key account management, technical service management, marketing and product management, and strategic planning. She has worked in the coatings, construction, automotive, marine, aerospace, and plastic industries, with experience in technologies including acrylics, epoxy, alkyds, radcure, powder and additives technologies. Dr. Kadri is the author of a PhD thesis and a commercial patent, and the co-author of several industrial and scientific papers. She has won multiple automotive business platform awards, and was recently awarded for her participation in the Dow and Rohm & Haas integration. Dr. Kadri is a recognized mentor to high potential employees both within Dow and externally, and a change mentor in the community. Dr. Kadri holds a doctorate in Reactive Extrusion from the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. She earned her engineering diploma grandes-écoles in chemical engineering from l’école des Hauts Polymères de Strasbourg, and she has a masters degree in physics and chemistry from Université Claude Bernard in Lyon and Université Laval in Québec.
Professor James Calvin is Vice President for Academic Affairs at KAUST. He began his relationship with the University as the Director of one of the KAUST Global Research Partnership Research Centers, the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS) at Texas A&M University. Professor Calvin has since served as a Visiting Professor, Acting Associate Provost and Acting Provost before taking on the role of Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Prof. Leckie has been on the Stanford Environmental Engineering faculty since 1970 and is an environmental chemist interested in the application of chemical principles to the study of pollutants behavior in natural aquatic systems and in engineered processes. His research contributions have been extensive in the areas of adsorption chemistry, human exposure analysis, and membrane science. In 2005, he became a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and received the American Society of Civil Engineering Rudolf Hering Medal in 1981. Presently, he is co-Director of the Singapore-Stanford Partnership program in Environmental Engineering & Science, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness at Stanford University. He is also Appointed Chair Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University. Prof. Leckie holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from San José State University (1964), and M.S. (1965) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees in Environmental Sciences from Harvard University.
Professor Basset, who has authored more than 450 scientific papers and reports, works to identify the possible relationships between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. For that purpose, he developed "surface organometallic chemistry", a new field of chemistry that tries to answer various questions: Are the concepts of the reactivity of molecular chemistry applicable when an organometallic molecule reacts with a surface? Can the structures of molecular surface species be rationalized on the same basis as those of molecular species in solution? Does the reactivity of surface organometallic fragments allow understanding the elementary steps of heterogeneous catalysis? Can we make single site catalysts on a surface? Can we render heterogeneous catalysis a predictable science? Can we anticipate the discovery of new catalytic reactions? This chemistry resulted in the discovery of a number of new catalytic reactions, such as the metathesis of alkanes which transforms any paraffin into its lower and higher homologues, the cleavage of paraffins by methane, the coupling of methane into ethane and hydrogen, the Ziegler-Natta depolymerisation which transforms polyethylene into diesel range gazoline, the transformation of ethylene to propylene, and the removal of traces of arsenic from water.
Dr. Jean-Phillippe Croué is a Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science (KAUST). Previously, Dr. Croué was a Professor in Environmental Engineering at the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Poitiers, University of Poitiers, France and is currently an Adjunct Professor for the University of Curtin in Perth, Australia. Dr. Croué received a Habilitation degree from the University of Poitiers, France in 1990. He also received his Ph.D. at the same institution in 1987. Dr. Croué has worked as an Engineer Consultant, at GUIGUES, in Aix-en-Provence, France and as a Research Engineer (Anjou Recherche – Compagnie Générale des Eaux Maisons Lafitte France) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Scientific and Professional Memberships. Dr, Croué is an expert for DGRI (Direction Générale de la Recherche et de l’Innovation) and AERES (Agence d’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignment Supérieure) Ministry of Education and Research. He is also a former Vice President, French Chapter of the International Humic Substances Society Dr. Croué’s research interests focus on activities pertaining to drinking water and wastewater reclamation treatments. These include the isolation and characterization of Natural Organic Matter (NOM) and Effluent Organic Matter (EfOM); removal of dissolved organic matter by physical chemical treatments (i.e. coagulation and anion exchange); characterization of organic foulant of low and high pressure membranes (river water, desalination, wastewater reclamation); and the impact of chemical or physical pre-treatments prior to high pressure membrane filtration Evaluation of disinfection (chlorination and ozonation) byproducts.
Dr. Jichun Li is currently professor of Mathematics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Previously he held positions at the University of California at Los Angeles and University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in computational science and engineering. He has published 58 refereed journal articles, 1 book, and co-edited 1 special journal issue
Ultimate Player, Captain, Tournament Director. Gara is currently New York mens masters team player/defensive captain. He is currently playing in a Professional division. He's a winnder of many Amateur tournaments and placed in top 1/3 at 2010 Worlds in Marion, OH. He has completed an 18 hole round of disc golf in all 50 U.S. States. He's a New England Flying disc Association (NEFA) member and a NEFA Team Challenge Participant.
John Cheeseman received his PhD from Duke University in 1975 and has spent the bulk of his career at the University of Illinois. Since before the days of Arabidopsis and plant molecular genetics, he has specialized in understanding of the mechanisms by which plants adapt to environmental stress, with emphasis on those that do it extremely well. His work on ion transport and electrophysiology of halophytes provides a strong baseline for analysis of genetic mechanisms underlying salt tolerance. With the advent of second generation sequencing, he and his colleagues have led the way in de novo transcriptome assembly and application of transcriptome analysis to environmental responses under field conditions, with emphasis on salinity and responses to life at extremely low phosphorus levels.
Professional Training Through Music Improvisation This class will teach non-musicians and musicians alike, through the power of improvisation (working without the written music), to cultivate valuable teamwork skills and building on each other’s ideas in a fun learning environment. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments, but most of the class will involve using one’s natural instrument, the voice.
Prof Jurg Keller is Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at the University of Queensland and Professor in the School of Engineering. He also holds an Australian Professorial Fellowship from ARC (Australian Research Council).Jurg has 20 years experience in water industry research, particularly in biological wastewater treatment, environmental biotechnology, microbial fuel cells and resource recovery concepts. While working at the leading edge of research and development, he has also several collaborative and consulting projects with industry partners, with total research projects underway to a value of around US$20m. He has been the founding Director of the AWMC since 1996 and has developed it into one of the leading research centres in this field worldwide with over 100 staff and students investigating innovative ways to improve water management.
Kathryn Furby is a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Her research is currently centered on coral population dynamics and environmental monitoring. Previously, she has worked on shark movement, elasmobranch sensory research, public aquarium impacts on conservation, and the biogeochemistry of coral stress. She received her Bachelor's degree in biology from Bennington College in Vermont.
Kazunari Domen received B.S. (1976), M.S. (1979), and Ph.D. (1982) honors in chemistry from the University of Tokyo. He joined Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1982 as Assistant Professor and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1996. He moved to the University of Tokyo, Department of Chemical System Engineering as Professor in 2004. He is now an associate editor of Chemical Science, Royal Society of Chemistry. He also was an associate editor of Catalysis Today and Chemistry Letters. He received Catalysis Society of Japan Awards 2007. He has published more than 500 original papers and about 100 reviews and accounts in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, especially of water splitting reaction on photocatalysts. Kazunari Domen has been working on overall water splitting reaction on heterogeneous photocatalysts to generate clean and recyclable hydrogen. Domen started investigation on non-oxide type photocatalysts to extend responsible wavelength of light into visible region, and in 2005, he has indeed succeeded in accomplishing overall water splitting under visible light (400 nm<λ<500nm) on a GaN:ZnO solid solution photocatalyst. This is the first reliable and reproducible system for overall water splitting under visible light irradiation on a particulate photocatalyst.
Ken Larner, University Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), received the degree of Geophysical Engineer from CSM in 1960 and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1970. During final nine of his 18 years with Western Geophysical Company (1970-1989) he was vice president for geophysical research, leaving to become the Charles Henry Green Professor of Exploration Geophysics at CSM (1988-2004). He served as president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in 1988-89, and, from 1996 till 2004, as director of the industry-sponsored research consortium, Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) at CSM. In 1988, he received the Conrad Schlumberger Award of the European Association of Exploration Geophysicists, and in 1996, he received the SEG’s highest award, the Maurice Ewing Gold Medal. Also in 1996, he was inducted as a Foreign Fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RAEN), and in 2003, he received the P. L. Kapitsa Gold Medal of the RAEN. He was Spring 1988 SEG Distinguished Lecturer and a 2000-2001 Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. During 2007-2009 he served as Board Chairman of the SEAM Corporation, an industry-supported subsidiary of the SEG devoted to providing the seismic exploration industry with advanced seismic models for complex subsurface earth structure. He is co-author of "The Art of Being a Scientist" published in 2009.
Ken Minneman is the dean of Chemical and Life Sciences and Engineering and a named professor in Bioscience at KAUST. Prior to joining the KAUST faculty, Dr. Minneman was the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pharmacology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests are in cell surface receptors that mediate the actions of the neurotransmitters, hormones, and drugs. He focuses on G protein coupled receptors
Mr. McGovern is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital LLC, which provides Intellectual Property Rights Strategy, and originates, structures and implements capital formation, joint ventures and business alliances. McGovern Capital invests early stage capital and/or provides facilitative (legal, accounting, tax, securities, etc.) services to its investment companies, which are primarily companies commercializing proprietary technologies.
Khalid Sulaiman Al-Rajhi received his MBA From Hult International Business School, Boston College, USA in 1989 and his Ph.D. in International Business from Glasgow University in 2008. He is currently the Managing Director Of Sulaiman Adulaziz Al-Rajhi & Sons CI - Al-Watania Poultry. Located in Qassim, approx. 350 kilometers from Riyadh within the central region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al-Watania Poultry project is the largest of its kind in the Middle East.
Kholoud Attar is the founder and creative director of a Saudi- focused design magazine. After two years, since the first issue of 2000 copies which were initially distributed only in Jeddah, the magazine now has a circulation of 40,000 copies distributed throughout the Middle East. She has published 14 issues, directed 315 photo shoots and manages a team of 18. Kholoud graduated from Dar-Al Hekma college with a B.A in graphic design and has worked on several major freelance projects. She also trained with T.B.W.A an international advertising company. Kholoud trains raising talents in design and sponsors creative events to increase design influence in Saudi Arabia.
Lisa Rowland is a San Francisco-based improvisor and a member of BATS Improv, and Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. She is also a founding member of Awkward Dinner Party, and was voted Best Actor in the Bay Area in the SF Bay Guardian for 2012. In addition to performing, Lisa has been a teacher of improv for nearly ten years, teaching improv to students of all ages and experience levels. She coaches high school improv teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and is also is a trainer for improv-based workshops for professional teams. She has worked with organizations such as Google, Oracle, Stanford University and Genentech. She's been lucky enough to travel all over the country and the world doing improv, and is pleased to be coming back for a second year teaching as a part of WEP at KAUST.
Margriet Ruurs is the author of 26 books for children. With a Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University, she teaches writing workshops at elementary schools across North America and has been a guest lecturer at several universities, including Iowa Writing Project at the University of Northern Iowa. The recipient of the 2005 Region West Presidential Award for Reading & Technology of the International Reading Association, she has conducted writing workshops in Lahore, Pakistan and author visits to International Schools around the world. Margriet writes a regular column on writing, as well as freelance articles, for Reading Today, the magazine of IRA. For twelve years Margriet conducted children’s programming for Okanagan Regional Libraries. She travels extensively to International Schools around the world. Margriet, her husband and two sons have lived in many different places: The Netherlands, where she was born, Alberta, the Yukon and many other parts of the U.S. and Canada. Currently she makes her home on Salt Spring Island, B.C. where she runs a booklovers’ B & B. When she’s not busy writing and speaking, Margriet likes to hike or knit. But what she likes best is getting children excited about writing and reading good books!
Dr Marc Lemaire is the Director of the Laboratory of Catalysis and Organic Synthesis at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Molecular and Supramolecular, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Dr. Martin Jekel is a professor in the Department of Water Quality Control at TU Berlin and chairman of the Centre for Water in Urban Areas. Between 1976 and 1986, Dr. Jekel was a researcher at the Engler-Bunte Institute, Department of Water Chemistry, University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 1988, he has been a full professor at TU Berlin. His research focuses on water quality
Mike received a Zoology degree from the University of Arkansas in 2001. He then attended James Cook University in Australia to pursue graduate studies in coral reef ecology, specializing in life history and ecology of butterflyfishes. He was awarded the PhD in 2007. Mike accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he focused on larval connectivity in coral reef fishes. During his time in Woods Hole, Mike began working in the Red Sea in 2008 in partnership with a new university in Saudi Arabia - the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Mike joined KAUST in July 2009 as a founding faculty member in the Red Sea Research Center. Mike has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters, and he has co-edited two books. His research focuses on advancing general understanding of Red Sea coral reefs and more broadly making contributions to movement ecology, which is a critical aspect of developing conservation plans in the marine environment. He is particularly interested in connectivity questions ranging from larval dispersal to large distance migrations of adult fishes.
Dr Mostefa Bourchak is an Assistant Professor in Aerospace Structures and Materials at the Department of Aeronautical Engineering in King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah, KSA). He has been there since January 2008 teaching Aerospace Structural Analysis and Design at the undergraduate level and Aerospace Materials Failure Analysis at the graduate level. He has many years of experience in composite materials design and manufacturing for Aerospace applications. He possesses wide knowledge of non-destructive testing and evaluating especially on Acoustic Emission for fatigue damage detection in composite materials. He is currently undertaking research in composite materials design, failure analysis, failure prediction, Finite Element Analysis and nanocomposite material. Dr Bourchak obtained a 1st Class BEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University (London, UK) in 2000. After working for Sonda Aviation (Worthing, UK) as an Aircraft Flight Simulation Engineer for a year, Dr Bourchak joined Bristol University (UK) to undertake a PhD in Fatigue Life Prediction in Composite Materials for Aerospace Applications in collaboration with Agusta-Westland Helicopters and Dowty Aerospace Propellers where he completed his PhD in 2007. Then, Dr Bourchak worked in a joined project with Bristol University and Helitune Ltd (Devon, UK) on developing tools for Helicopters rotor track and Balance.
Dr Mrinal K. Sen is a professor and holder of Jackson Chair in Applied Seismology in the Jackson School of Geosciences of the University of Texas at Austin. Mrinal’s research areas include seismic wave propagation, inverse problems, seismic imaging, reservoir characterization and computational geophysics. He has published over one hundred peer-reviewed papers, several book chapters and two books on seismic inversion. Dr. Sen received the best paper award on AVO inversion by SEG at a summer research workshop, best paper awards at SEG and AGU, Joseph C. Walter award for excellence in research (2007) and was a recipient of SEG scholarships for graduate studies. He serves as an associate editor of the journals Geophysics, Computational Seismology, International Journal of Geophysics and Journal of Seismic Exploration. Prof. Sen received B.Sc and M.Sc degress in Applied Geophysics from Indian School of Mines and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a wandering poet. She has spent 35 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. She is the author and/or editor of more than 25 volumes and has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and numerous honors for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials: The Language of Life with Bill Moyers and The United States of Poetry and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. She has been visiting writer for full semesters for The Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Hawai’i. In January 2010 she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. This week at the Harbor Schools, she is working with the children in a poetry workshop.
Nick Campbell has a broad research background in population and evolutionary genetics, which started with an honours degree from the University of Adelaide and continued during his PhD in Peter Baverstock’s group at Southern Cross University. His postdoctoral research was in Steve Barker’s group at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences at the University of Queensland. Nick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2001 after 10 years as a research geneticist. He has had a variety of editorial and publishing roles, including stints as an editor on Nature Reviews Genetics, Executive Editor in charge of NPG’s academic journals in genetics and launch publisher for the Omics Gateway. Nick established and led NPG’s academic journal publishing program in the Asia-Pacific. As Nature’s Managing Editor Nick’s main role is to lead the publishing management and development of Nature, the world’s premier scientific journal, which he combines with his role in leading MSC activities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Orlando Auciello is a Senior Scientist and Distinguished Argonne Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, working in the Materials Science Division and the Center for Nanoscale Materials. He is directing several basic and applied research programs on different fields, involving multi-component oxide and nanocarbon thin films and application to systems and devices (ferroelectric memories, nanoscale CMOS devices, photovoltaic energy generation / storage devices, high-frequency devices, piezoelectric thin films for MEMS/NEMS sensors and actuators; UNCD coatings for petrochemical industry, MEMS/NEMS, and implantable biomedical devices (artificial retina to restore sight to people blinded by retina degeneration). The UNCD film technology is now commercialized by Advanced Diamond Technologies, a Company founded by Auciello and colleagues and spun-off from Argonne in 2004.
Mr. Jerram’s career has been intertwined with the internet and publishing since the early 1990s, when he was an independent consultant for Silicon Valley companies including Apple and Sun. In 2000, he was an internet strategist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked in health care, higher education and financial services. Mr. Jerram joined the Public Library of Science in 2007 as CEO. He is the author of two books on business and technology, The Web at Work and Multimedia Power Tools. Mr. Jerram holds a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of California
Peter Otto holds appointments at UCSD as Technology Director/Music, and Director of Sonic Arts Research & Development/CalIT2. A musician, educator, software and hardware designer, he invented one of the first control surfaces for Digital Audio Workstations, and recently designed advanced spatial/VR audio systems for CalIT2 (StarCave, HIPerwall and others). Facilities credits include CalIT2's SpatLab, CalIT2's Digital Cinema Theatres, and new acoustical rooms, systems and studios at UCSD Music's Prebys Music Center. Research projects include high-definition multi-channel audio streaming and production systems with CineGrid, an industry/academic digital cinema consortium, and new applications for communications and immersive sound using Wave Field arrays. Otto has designed and written numerous spatial audio software packages, including binaural and multi-channel design and imaging applications.
Dr. Phillip Crews is currently Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Santa Cruz and leads an active research group in the field of marine natural products chemistry. His laboratory specializes in the bioorganic chemistry of marine sponges and sponge derived microorganisms grown in saltwater culture. The use of concise methods to characterize complex marine natural products with novel chemical structures is an important element of this work. The discovery and collaborative study of molecular structures possessing biological properties relevant as therapeutic leads or as molecular probes is also an import theme. Some of the most important discoveries include: the bengamides, which led to the development of an analog advanced into a anticancer Phase I Clinical Trial; jasplakinolide that is used worldwide as a molecular probe of actin dynamics, and psymberin which is currently undergoing extensive preclinical evaluation. He has published >200 research papers and has also written one of the most thorough books on structure elucidation.
Dr. Randy Moredock holds the position of Mental Health Counselor for AED (Association for Educational Development). In this position, he has been tasked with providing a range of counseling services to the students and their families at KAUST University. Dr. Moredock specializes in marriage and family therapy and is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor for the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also dually licensed as a marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor in New York State. Dr. Moredock is interested in counselor pedagogy, professional ethics, and attachment theory. (Ph.D., University of North Dakota, United States).
Dr Rashid Khan is currently serving as the Leader for the Corporation Intellectual Assets Management of Saudi Aramco. Rashid earned a Ph.D. & an M.S. in Energy Engineering from Penn State University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Oregon State.. He has been a practitioner of Intellectual properties, and IP based business development, while engaged in many research initiatives. He also served as the Deputy Director of Technology Program within Saudi Aramco. Dr. Khan served five years with the U.S. Dept of Energy and 13 years with Texaco. He had assignment with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); worked as an adjunct professor at Vassar College, NY, and served an advisor to US White House during Clinton era. Dr Khan is an inventor of 30 patents, and a co-inventor of the Smokeless Flare which is a commercial success. As a SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 2006–2007, Dr. Khan made presentations on Innovation around the world and also at Harvard (Kennedy School), Rice University and MIT. He was the initial Champion for Solar Energy Research for KAUST, while he assisted developing IP policies for KAUST. Dr. Khan published nearly 200 journal papers, and has written/edited several Books and served as a keynote speaker for various international conferences.
Regina Saisi, a native of San Francisco, is an actor, improviser and teacher. She has taught at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, California Institute of the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Institute and is currently the Dean at the BATS Improv school. She has worked in venues throughout the United States as well as Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Beirut, Saudi Arabia and Sweden teaching and performing improvisation. She is a founding member True Fiction Magazine, helping pioneer longform improv and is a member of BATS Improv. She has taught improvisation to inner-city youth in Oakland as well as corporate clients in the Bay Area.
Richard Ebstein received both his M.S and Ph.D. from Yale, USA. He is currently a Professor in the Psychology Department at the National University of Singapore. His research revolves around human behavioral genetics, with the overarching goal of providing molecular insights into the role of genes as a partial contributor to all facets of human behavior. His work is highly interdisciplinary and combines personality, social, cognitive, and neuropsychology with techniques of molecular genetics. Major research areas include neuroeconomics, the genetics of social behavior and normal personality, autism, ADHD, eating disorders, substance abuse and major mental illness.
Richard Swann is currently working in the KAUST Schools. He holds a PhD with specializations in psycho-acoustics, education and conducting from Florida State University. He also holds degrees with specializations in Musicology, Composition and Analysis. Apart from his regular teaching duties, his work in music education has taken him all over the world as an orchestral and choral conductor, clinician and workshop presenter.
Roel Snieder holds the Keck Foundation Endowed Chair of Basic Exploration Science at the Colorado School of Mines. He received in 1984 a Masters degree in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University, and in 1987 a Ph.D. in seismology from Utrecht University. In 1993 he was appointed as professor of seismology at Utrecht University, where from 1997-2000 he was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences. In 1997 he was a visiting professor at the Center for Wave Phenomena. Roel served on the editorial boards of Geophysical Journal International, Inverse Problems, Reviews of Geophysics, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. In 2000 he was elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for important contributions to geophysical inverse theory, seismic tomography, and the theory of surface waves. He is author of the textbooks "A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences" and "The Art of Being a Scientist" that are published by Cambridge University Press. Roel is a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 2000 he is a firefighter in Genesee Fire Rescue.
KAUST Architecture vision to reality KAUST was the single largest project in HOK history. It was designed and constructed at a pace that was not thought possible at the onset. HOK (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum) had experience designing other universities and research laboratories in Kingdom and around the world but none at the pace or scale that was achieved at KAUST. Over 500 hundred professionals in more than a of dozen of HOK’s offices worldwide participated along with staff from 48 specialty consultant firms that almost doubled their manpower totals. Aramco, who was charged by the King to deliver the project, was very familiar with managing and delivering large scale projects in Kingdom and around the world. Together, and along with two of the world’s largest contractors, the King’s vision of producing one of the most attractive and outstanding scientific centers in the world that excels in creativity, innovation, and scientific research in specific strategic fields to support development and the national economy was born. You will be taken through some of the challenges faced; precedence design feature considerations; lessons learned and case study research that went into developing a world class university from a patch of desert on the Red Sea.
Dr. Sahu has been a research staff member at IBM since 2000. Dr. Sahu received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After joining IBM Research, Dr. Sahu has focused on systems and network services management, content distribution network and data center networking and more recently on cloud computing and smarter planet solutions. He has led a team of researchers and engineers to develop Smarter Water and Smarter Energy solutions and analytics on Cloud platforms for citywide deployments. Dr. Sahu has more than 50 technical papers and 60 patents filed in these areas. He is the founding chair of Usenix/ACM HotCloud workshop which has been well received in the Cloud/Systems community. Dr. Sahu has a best paper award at ACM Internet Measurement Conference 2006. Dr. Sahu teaches a graduate level course on Cloud Computing at Columbia University as an adjunct Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science.
The world-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. When he was twelve, a music teacher placed a western flute in his hands setting him on his way to becoming one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists. He performed frequently to enthusiastic audiences throughout Uganda until 1982, when he was forced to flee to Kenya as a political refugee. He emigrated to the United States in 1987, Samite now makes his home in Ithaca, New York and has performed in a broad variety of venues throughout the USA. In 2002, Samite founded Musicians for World Harmony an organization dedicated to enabling musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people. In that capacity he travels to sing, play music, and exchange stories with victims of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. He has traveled extensively to war-torn countries in Africa to work in refugee camps, with former child soldiers and AIDS orphans. Most recently Samite attended Connecting For Change, part of the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Samite released his newest CD, My Music World, in 2010 and, as he states, the album captures more of who he is than any of his previous albums. It represents influences from all the places I have been, from my childhood in Uganda, and my life in Kenya as a refugee, to my current travels in Africa with my work for Musicians for World Harmony. I am always inspired by my surroundings my childhood hikes into the forest, my teenage years in Kampala, and my visits to refugee camps and orphanages. His smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences throughout the world.
Dr. Serge Prudhomme is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France, in 1991 with a Diploma of Engineering and from the University of Virginia in 1992 with a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 1999 from UT Austin. He has published about 50 refereed articles and book chapters in scientific international journals. His area of expertise includes the Finite Element Method and Numerical Analysis with applications to fluid and solid mechanics
Shiladitya DasSarma is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology of the University System of Maryland. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research over the past 25 years has concerned the molecular genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics of halophilic Archaea and other novel microbes and their biotechnological applications.
Dr. Jónsson became fascinated by volcanoes and geophysics at an early age in his native Iceland when a volcano erupted 9 times during his childhood less than 20 km from his home. He went on to pursue these interests and has been studying volcanoes and earthquakes in many different parts of the world. Dr. Jónsson earned his doctoral degree in Geophysics and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and holds masters and bachelor degrees in Geophysics from the University of Iceland. After graduation from Stanford, Dr. Jónsson was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and then, before joining KAUST, was a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Soheyb Kouider’s main experiences with instruction are in math, statistics and data analysis using programs such as MATLAB, SAS, R, Minitab, C language, Excel and Mathematica. His interests are in spatial analysis, regression analysis and survival analysis. He is available for consulting to help find the proper method to analyze researchers’ data sets. His MS (Statistics) is from Western Michigan University.
Chew Soo Hong is professor at NUS’ Department of Economics and Department of Finance. He is on leave at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Chew received his Ph.D. (interdisciplinary studies) from the University of British Columbia in the areas of mathematics, economics, and management science, and his thesis won the Leonard J. Savage Prize awarded by the Econometric Society. He has previously taught at the University of California, Irvine; Johns Hopkins University; and University of Arizona. Professor Chew’s research interests include decision theory and biological economics, encompassing both behavioral economics and experimental economics. He has published in well regarded journals including Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. His recent research in biological economics has been published in more biology oriented journals such as Proceeding of the Royal Society B, Neuron, and PLoS ONE
Steven Gal is a career entrepreneur. In July 2009, Steven returned to teaching entrepreneurship and is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. Steven's career as a technology entrepreneur began in 1994, when as an Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship in the Entrepreneur Program at USC's Marshall School of Business, the advent of the commercial Internet drew he and many of his students into the startup world. Over 15 years, Steven has founded, funded, built and/or turned around six technology companies as an operating executive, participating in over $100 million in venture financings, serving on multiple for-profit and not-for-profit boards, and has been an active angel investor and coach to entrepreneurs and their companies. Steven was a co-founder and CEO of Semio, developers of early seminal technology in Internet and Intranet search (acquired by LucidMedia), where he raised both angel and venture capital for his first technology venture. Steven was a co-founder, board member and executive at ID Analytics, where the team raised over $40 million in venture funding to build and operate the US National Identity Network and produce the real-time ID Score which is the de facto standard in preventing identity fraud. Steven was Vice President of Marketing at eMarketing company PrimeResponse, where he was a member of the executive team that took the company public (NASDAQ:PRME, acquired by Pegasystems, NASDAQ:PEGA); and at eSupport vendor Inference, where he helped lead a turnaround and successful sale (NASDAQ: INFR, acquired by eGain, NASDAQ: EGAN); and at the analytics firm HNC Software (NASDAQ: HNCS, acquired by Fair Isaac, NYSE: FICO), the provider of the FICO Score. Most recently, Steven developed a revolutionary concept for giving consumers control over their personal information, and in 2007 launched ProQuo.com, raising $15 million in venture financing, signing on nearly one million consumers, and stopping at least 50 million pounds of junk mail before the company was shut down in the midst of the recent financial crisis. Before his careers in teaching and technology, Steven spent several years on Wall Street in risk arbitrage and on the floor of the New York Futures Exchange. Steven is also an attorney and a member of the California Bar. Steven currently serves on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship@Cornell, the Advisory Council for eLab and on Cornell's University Council. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from University of Southern California School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.
Terry McGenity is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex, UK. His PhD, investigating the microbial ecology of ancient salt deposits (University of Leicester, UK), was followed by postdoctoral positions at the Japan Marine Science and Technology Centre (JAMSTEC, Yokosuka) and the Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology (University of Reading). His overarching research interest is to understand how microbial communities function and interact to effect major biogeochemical processes. He worked as a postdoc with Ken Timmis at the University of Essex, where he was inspired to investigate microbial interactions with hydrocarbons at multiple scales, from communities to cells, and as both a source of food and stress. He has broad interests in microbial ecology and diversity, particularly with respect to carbon cycling, and is driven to better understand how microbes cope with, or flourish in, hypersaline, desiccated and poly-extreme environments.
Tim has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, Rafe Chase's groundbreaking longform troupe Improv Theatre, the renowned True Fiction Magazine, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded a new improv group, the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. He has appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote, and originated the role of Dirk Manly in, An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Tim has performed and taught improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, Belgium, Helsinki, London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Stockholm). He has served for many years as the Director of the BATS Improv Long-Form Intensive.
Dr. Ulrich Stingl is Assistant Professor of Marine Science at KAUST. He assumed his duties in August 2009. Dr. Stingl is a Microbial Ecologist who has experience in both academic and industrial settings. Prior to his appointment at KAUST, he served as a Senior Scientist at Synthetic Genomic Inc. in La Jolla, California. During this time, Dr. Stingl’s main research interests were in the cultivation, physiology and genomics of biofuel-producing bacteria. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship by the German Science Foundation. During this time, Dr. Stingl worked on novel cultivation techniques as well as physiology and genomics of oligotrophic marine bacteria at the Oregon State University, USA. Dr. Stingl has published 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a regular reviewer of major journals in the field of microbiology, symbiosis, and microbial ecology. In 2005, he received the Altana Pharma Award for the best Ph.D thesis in Biology at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Dr. Stingl is a member of number of associations, including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), the Association for General and Applied Microbiology and the AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science (AAAS). Dr. Stingl, a German citizen, graduated as summa cum laude with a doctoral degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Limnology and Microbiology from the University of Konstanz, Germany. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Wesley Sine is the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship & Personal Enterprise at Cornell University. Professor Sine's research focuses on the emergence of new economic sectors. He explores issues related to institutional change, industry and technology evolution, technology entrepreneurship, and new venture structure and strategy. He has examined a diverse set of economic sectors ranging from the electric power industry to the emergence of the Internet. Sine has published, provisionally accepted, or has papers forthcoming in the following journals: Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy. His teaching interests include entrepreneurship, commercializing university technology, new venture growth, the management of technology and innovation, and organizational change.
Dr. Yalchin Efendiev is a Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Institute for Scientific Computation at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Caltech in 1999. He received a Fraunhofer Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2010. His expertise is in multiscale methods.
Mr. Yuhong Kuang was a violinist with the Chinese Film Philharmonic for more than 20 years. He also was selected as the Principal Second Violin for Beijing Opera Troupe during 1970’s. From 1994-2000, Mr. Yuhong Kuang joined the Cristofori Music School of Singapore as a senior violin instructor. After emigrating to Canada in 2000, he formed his own music studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, and continued his music career in teaching violin, viola and piano. Mr. Kuang started to learn piano at the age of 4 with Professor Li Cui-Zhen. When he was 6 years old, he took violin lessons with the Italian violinist and conductor Arrigo Foa. When he was 15, he studied with Chen You-Xin, a renowned violinist and professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the age of 18, he entered the reputable Shanghai Conservatory of Music to further his studies. 6 years later he graduated with double majors in violin and viola. Currently, Mr. Kuang is a member of the Chinese Musician Association, the highest honor institution of music in China. His name was collected in the Chinese Modern Artist Dictionary in 1994.
Zachary Seldess is a media artist, composer, teacher, and programmer. He has presented interactive sound art installations at Gallery Aferro in Newark, N.J. USA; Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe Germany; and Siggraph Asia in Yokohama Japan. His work has been published in Antennae, a biannual print journal of experimental poetry and music, and has presented artistic and educational software at the International Conference on New Interfaces in Musical Expression as well as the Chamber Music America National Conference. Other projects include sound design and programming for New York-based dancer Johari Mayfield, design of real-time multi-channel audio and video performance software for video artist Hisao Ihara, as well as custom software design for artists Lillian Ball, Rashaad Newsome, Patrick Clancy, Miguel Frasconi, Mari Kimura, Tobaron Waxman, Shana Moulton, Christopher Janney, and others. Zachary is co-director of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and Conference – featuring three days of mixed-media concert works and interactive sound installations.