Speakers by Session

Keynote Address, Sunday, September 20, 2015

Courtesy George Hagegeorge


2011 United States Artists Ford Fellow in Dance
2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer and educator, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. She founded the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company's unique, multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance. She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2011, and in 2013 she curated Wesleyan University's symposium, "Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science," which brought together artists and scientists from across North America. Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 and was released in paperback in May 2014. Her most current work is Healing Wars, an investigation of the impact of war on medicine, returning soldiers and society. Healing Wars premiered at Arena Stage in June 2014 and is presently touring."

Keynote Address, Monday, September 21, 2015


Acting Division Director, Engineering Education and Centers
National Science Foundation

Dr. Don Millard is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education within the Directorate for Education & Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. He is involved in the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program, the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program, among others. Dr. Millard's research interests include engineering education, electronics design, electronics manufacturing, electronic media development, information technology, electrical testing methodologies, semiconductor fabrication, and non-destructive inspection and evaluation. He holds a patent for the development of a laser-induced, plasma-based Non-Contact Electrical Pathway and has received such awards as the Best Paper Award of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware.

Keynote Address, Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Executive Director, University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
National Academies

Dr. Tony Boccanfuso has served as the National Academies' University-Industry Demonstration Partnership Executive Director since 2007. He is a leading expert on high value, high return university-industry partnerships who works with other thought leaders from the academic and corporate communities to advance these collaborations and promote the Nation's economic competitiveness. In his current role, he spearheads the development of a series of initiatives to catalyze partnerships and reduce barriers to University-Industry collaborations. In recognition of his experience and insights in this arena, Tony is regularly sought after as a speaker (both domestically and internationally) and has published several reference sources. He also serves as a consultant for government agencies, non-profit organizations and private firms and is Vice-Chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute.