The MITStanfordUC Berkeley Nanotechnology
Forum is the largest nanotechnology focused organization of
its kind in California. It is dedicated to promoting the burgeoning
field of nanotechnology by connecting ideas, technology, and people.
The organization is run entirely by unpaid volunteers under the
umbrella of the alumni associations of the three universities.
As a legal entity, the forum is organized under the MIT Club of
Northern California. The Forum was initially formed to serve the
alumni communities of MIT, Stanford, and the University of California,
Berkeley, but has expended to serve all who are interested in
the field of nanotechnology.
The MITStanfordUC Berkeley Nanotechnology
Forum provides opportunities for industry experts, researchers,
entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private investors, technologists
and the interested public to discuss, understand and evaluate
the state-of-the art in nanotechnology. The events of the Forum
feature leading researchers, business leaders, investors, policy
makers, and entrepreneurs active or interested in the field of
Sponsorship of the MITStanfordUC
Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum should not be constituted as
sponsorship of its affiliates.
Chairman and Founding Team
Wasiq Bokhari - Quantum Insight
Wasiq received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. He was part of the team that discovered the top
quark at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has done
post-doctoral research on fundamental physics and has more than
50 scientific publications and presentations to his name. He was
also part of a small team that designed next generation particle
detectors at Fermilab. As an entrepreneur, he has been part of
the founding teams of various ventures including Clickmarks, an
enterprise software provider. As the Senior Vice President of
Products, he oversaw the creation and successful launch of the
companys award-winning software. He has spoken on various
industry forums as an invited speaker. He is cited as a co-inventor
on 10 industry patents.
Anthony Waitz - Quantum Insight
Anthony has 18 years of experience in technology development,
management and strategy. Most recently he was with Synopsys Inc.
where he was responsible for the strategy of silicon IP. Prior
to this, he was a director of engineering at Synopsys, where he
ran six engineering groups focused on the design and delivery
of silicon IP products. Mr. Waitz came to Synopsys through the
acquisition of Silicon Architects in 1995, of which he was a co-founder.
Outside of silicon IP, Mr. Waitz has had a diverse technical background
spanning areas such as research in parallel processors and the
development of an early optical networking system. Mr. Waitz holds
Masters degrees from Stanford School of Engineering and the Stanford
Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Frederick Lam - MIT
Business Development Manager, MolecularDiamond Technologies,
ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures, LLC. Dr. Frederick Lam has
over 20 years of experience in high technology and is responsible
for leading the business development efforts of MolecularDiamond
Technologies (MDT), an internal nanotechnology startup in ChevronTexaco
Technology Ventures, LLC. His previous experiences at ChevronTexaco
include technology development, technology marketing and licensing,
and strategic business planning. Prior to joining MDT, he co-founded
a biotechnology startup company, where he took the lead role in
business development, negotiations, and business planning. He
was also a General Partner in an investment group which invested
in technology-based companies. He received his bachelors degree
(with honors) from the University of California, Berkeley, and
his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(M.I.T.), both in chemical engineering. Fred is a co-founder of
the MIT-Stanford-Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum and Past-President
of the MIT alumni club of Northern California (MITCNC), where
he led the entrepreneurship and bioentrepreneurship programs.
He serves on the Board of Directors for MITCNC and also serves
as an Advisor to the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab.
Kitu Bindra - Buchanan Ingersoll
Kitu Bindra has practiced law for almost two decades in the
United States and India. His areas of expertise include international
business transactions, emerging business issues including corporate
formation and financings, resolution of founders disputes, business
development, strategic alliances, and technology licensing. Mr.
Bindra is co-chair of the Buchanan Ingersoll's Nanotechnology
Team. Mr. Bindra is involved in a variety of other nanotechnology-related
initiatives, including conferences and seminars. Before joining
Buchanan Ingersoll, Mr. Bindra was General Counsel for The Enterprise
Network, a Silicon Valley business incubator with thirty-five
member companies in the nanotechnology, wireless, infrastructure,
life-sciences, and network areas. Mr. Bindra continues to represent
a large number of these companies and continues to work in commercializing
cutting-edge technologies developed at NASA. Mr. Bindra works
closely with members of The Indus Entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley
Indian Professionals Association, of which he was one of the founding
Beth Curran - Stanford University
Vivek Nadkarni - Trimble
Camille Olufson - UC Berkeley
Gina Rieger - UC Berkeley
Jane Scheiber - UC Berkeley
Qian Wu - Analog Devices
Qian Wu is a Senior Business Strategist for Analog Devices,
Inc., having worked in engineering, business development, and
strategic initiatives. Qian received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering
from McGill University. She is also a graduate of MIT with MBA
and MS in Electrical Engineering.
Former Steering Committee Members
Jonathan Goldman - Accenture, LLP
Jonathan Goldman graduated from MIT with a B.S. in physics (1998)
and from Stanford University with a PhD in physics (2005), where
he worked on quantum computing. While at Stanford he helped co-found
the forum and since completing his PhD, has been working in the
energy sector in business strategy for Accenture, LLP.
Arun Mehta was formerly a Manager of Fuel Technologies at the
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California.
He has managed several projects on fossil power generation and
environmental control for the electric utility industry. He received
his Bachelors degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and his Masters
and Doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.
Advisors to the Forum
Hans Coufal - IBM
Hans J. Coufal is manager of the Science and Technology
research function at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose,
California. He manages a group of departments focusing on some
of the most exciting realms of research today, including quantum
information, nanotechnology, biotechnology, supercomputer simulations
and holographic data storage.
After receiving his Ph.D. degree in applied physics from the Technical
University of Munich, Germany, Dr. Coufal spent several years
on the faculty there and at the Free University in Berlin. He
then spent a sabbatical at IBM's San Jose Research Laboratory,
the precursor to the Almaden lab, and joined IBM's research staff
there in 1981. Dr. Coufal's personal research specialized in studies
of radiation-induced chemical, physical, thermal and acoustic
transients, and he developed and applied many novel detection
schemes and applications for them.
Dr. Coufal has managed IBM's holographic data storage research
effort since 1991. In 1996, he was named one of the two principal
investigators of the two government-industry-academia consortia
cosponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
-- HDSS (Holographic Data Storage Systems) and PRISM (Photorefractive
Information Storage Materials) -- which were active from 1993-2002.
He was named Manager of New Directions within the Science and
Technology function in 1996 and Manager of Science and Technology
Dr. Coufal is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of
the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and received
the 2000 Leadership Award from the National Storage Industry Consortium
for his role in managing the HDSS and PRISM programs. He is a
member of the editorial board of the technical journal, Applied
Physics, where he is responsible for articles on holographic data
storage materials and systems. Dr. Coufal is author or coauthor
of more than 140 technical publications, editor of six books and
holds 13 patents.
Stan Williams - HP
R. Stanley Williams is an HP Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard
Laboratories and founding Director (since 1995) of the HP Quantum
Science Research (QSR) group. The QSR was established to prepare
HP for the major challenges and opportunities ahead in electronic
device technology as features continue to shrink to the nanometer
size scale, where quantum mechanics becomes important. He received
a B.A. degree in Chemical Physics in 1974 from Rice University
and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from U. C. Berkeley in 1978.
He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs from
1978-80 and a faculty member (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor)
of the Chemistry Department at UCLA from 1980 1995. He
is currently Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at UCLA and of Computer
Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His
primary scientific research during the past twenty-five years
has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics, and
their applications to technology. This has evolved into the areas
of nanostructures and chemically-assembled materials, with an
emphasis on the thermodynamics of size and shape. Most recently,
he has examined the fundamental limits of information and computing,
which has led to his current research in molecular electronics.
He has received awards for scientific and academic achievement,
including the 2000 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics,
the 2000 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Award and the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He was named to the
inaugural Scientific American 50 Top Technology leaders in 2002,
and the molecular electronics program he leads was named the Technology
of the Year for 2002 by Industry Week magazine. He was a coorganizer
and co-editor of the workshop and book Vision for Nanotechnology
in the 21st Century, respectively, that led to the establishment
of the U. S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. He has been awarded
twelve US patents with twentyfive more pending, has published
212 papers in reviewed scientific journals, and has written general
articles for technical and business publications. One of his patents
was named as one of five that will transform business and
technology by MITs Technology Review in 2000.