Plenary Speakers NAMS 2021

Plenary Speakers NAMS 20212021-04-02T17:29:06+00:00

Prof. Kristi Anseth – University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Anseth is a Distinguished Professor, Tisone Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Head of Academic Leadership of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. Dr. Anseth is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2009), the National Academy of Medicine (2009), the National Academy of Sciences (2013), and the National Academy of Inventors (2016). She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Materials Research Society. Dr. Anseth currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Board of Trustees for the Gordon Research Conferences, on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Allen Institute, and is an editor for Biomacromolecules and Progress in Materials Science.

Dr. Peter Green – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Dr. Green is the deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology and the chief research officer for NREL. Dr. Green is responsible for NREL’s science and research goals, strengthening the laboratory’s core capabilities, and enhancing NREL’s research portfolio. In addition, he oversees the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program, NREL-university interactions, and the postdoctoral research program. Prior to his appointment at NREL, Dr. Green spent 20 years in academia (UT Austin and University of Michigan), and 11 years at Sandia National Laboratories. At University of Michigan, he served as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the director of the Energy Department’s Energy Frontiers Research Center: Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion. Dr. Green served as president of the Materials Research Society, and is fellow of American Physical Society, the American Ceramics Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prof. Thomas Schäfer  – POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country

Dr. Schäfer is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Basque Centre for Macromolecular Design and Engineering (POLYMAT) in Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain. He leads a multi-disciplinary research group in the field of nanobiotechnology/membrane separations initially funded by the European Research Council. Thomas earned his BSc from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg and MSc in Chemical Engineering with focus on animal cell culture from the Technical University Hamburg. He obtained his PhD from Universidade Nova de Lisboa in membrane separation processes and has worked as a postgraduate and postdoctoral researcher at Wageningen University, University of New South Wales, University of Siena, University of Pisa, as well as University of Tarragona.

Thomas has served as elected member of the council of the EMS and co-organizes the biannual “Imagine Membrane” conference series in close collaboration between NAMS and EMS. He has been very active in discussing the future of young researchers in Europe as Chair of the COST Targeted Network “Sci-Generation” and as co-founder of the Young Academy of Europe. He also is co-founder and CTO of the spin-off company “Surphase”.


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