“From Concept to Commerce”
In January 2012, President Shirley Ann Jackson and Institute researchers participated in the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where they presented an IdeasLab titled: “From Concept to Commerce.” A reprise of that presentation was given on March 27, 2012, in EMPAC.
The presentation explained how the transformation of Rensselaer has fueled development of ideas that move from the laboratory into commercial applications, leading to technological and other advances that improve our lives.
The primary focus of the presentation is on the decade-long transformation of Rensselaer, under the comprehensive Rensselaer Plan, into a fully realized national research university that has enabled path-breaking research in many areas, including biotechnology, nanotechnology, and social cognitive network science.
President Jackson is joined by the following researchers, who repeated their Davos presentation for the Rensselaer community:
- Jonathan Dordick, director of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Richard Siegel, director of the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center and the Robert W. Hunt Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
- Boleslaw Szymanski, director of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center, and the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science