Symposium to Focus on Emerging Technologies at UC Riverside

Community invited to learn about research that is driving innovation in energy, the environment, agriculture and computing

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A February 16 symposium at UCR will focus on emerging technologies.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California, Riverside will host a symposium on Thursday, Feb. 16, that will highlight emerging technologies and innovations at UCR and how they enrich the ways we experience and interact with the world.

The event, “Living the Promise Symposium: Emerging Technologies,” is free and open to the public. The symposium is from 6-8 p.m. in Room 302, Highlander Union Building. Parking in Lot 1 is free for the event. Reservations are requested and can be made online.

The symposium will address how UCR is developing new materials and technologies for energy, the environment, agriculture, and computing, and educating the next generation of forward thinkers and innovators. It will conclude with an interactive reception featuring demonstrations and student research presentations.

The symposium is the fourth in a series that reflects key themes of the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign announced in October 2016. The $300 million campaign will conclude in 2020 and seeks funding for student support, faculty research, and infrastructure. Campaign themes align with goals outlined in UCR 2020, the university’s strategic plan.

The symposium panelists and participants are:

David Kisailus

David Kisailus, professor of chemical and environmental engineering and Winston Chung Professor of Energy Innovation, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. Kisailus is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage (MATECSS). He is the director of a Department of Defense multi-university research center focused on making impact- and energy-absorbing materials. His research lab looks to nature’s inspiration in designing the next generation of engineering products and materials including strong and tough composites, and nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications. He is also the co-founder and chief technical officer of Nature Inspired Industries, a startup company focused on lightweight materials for automobile, aircraft, and sports applications.

Charles Wyman

Charles Wyman, distinguished professor of chemical and environmental engineering and Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at CE-CERT, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. Wyman’s research focuses on developing a processes to create biofuels and chemicals from waste plant materials. He is also the cofounder, chief development officer, and chair of the scientific advisory board for Mascoma Corporation, a startup company focused on biomass conversion to ethanol and other products.

Kelley Barsanti

Kelley Barsanti, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. Barsanti’s research focuses on the development of mechanistic models for the prediction of atmospheric particulate matter, which is a key contributor to air pollution and climate change. Her current research includes characterizing previously understudied and unidentified organic compounds in the complex mixture of compounds that are emitted and formed in biomass burning plumes, and developing models of new particle formation.

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller, manager of emissions and fuels at CE-CERT, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. Miller joined CE-CERT in December 2000 after a distinguished career with Sun Oil Co. and UNOCAL, where he led the largest proprietary research program on the relationship between gasoline properties and tailpipe emissions. Miller brings more than 25 years of experience to UCR in technology planning, chemical engineering processes, new product development/commercialization, business development, and multi-national relationships.

Vassilis Tsotras

Vassilis Tsotras, professor of computer science and engineering, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. Tsotras is the director of the UCR Data Science Center. His research areas include big data management and spatial, spatiotemporal, and semi-structured databases. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cooperative Information Systems and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award and the BCOE Teaching Excellence Award.

Julia Bailey-Serres

Julia Bailey-Serres, professor of genetics and geneticist, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Bailey-Serres is the director of UCR’s Center for Plant Cell Biology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Her research group studies the sensing, signaling, and acclimation responses to low oxygen stress in plants. Her multidisciplinary approach combines genetic, molecular, biochemical, and bioinformatic technologies and has significant implications for agricultural and global food challenges.

Susan R. Wessler

Susan R. Wessler, distinguished professor of genetics and Neil A. and Rochelle A. Campbell Presidential Chair for Innovations in Science Education, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Wessler is a world leader in the study of mobile DNAs, the major drivers of plant genome evolution. Her innovative laboratory, the Neil A. Campbell Science Learning Laboratory, gives first-year students the kind of experimental research experience usually reserved for graduate students or undergraduates in their junior or senior years. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies.

Future Living the Promise symposia themes and dates are: From Genomics to Harvest, March 17; Renewable Nature, April 19; and New Voices and Visions, May 4.

More information about the comprehensive fundraising campaign is available at or (951) 827-3144.

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