Princeton Materials Institute -- the interdisciplinary center for materials science and engineering research, education, and outreach at Princeton University -- invites you to attend our upcoming annual research symposium. Registration is required. Program Speakers Parking Speakers Craig B. Arnold, Vice Dean for Innovation and the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University. Craig B. Arnold is the Vice Dean for Innovation and the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. His research ranges from basic science to applied technology aimed at developing a deeper understanding of fundamental materials synthesis and processing with interests in energy storage systems, laser materials processing and advanced manufacturing. He earned his PhD in condensed-matter physics from Harvard University, and was an NRC post-doctoral fellow prior to joining the faculty at Princeton in 2003. He has earned numerous accolades for his work in materials processing including the Edison Patent Award, an R&D 100 award, the Laser Focus World-OSA technology innovation award, and the SPIE PRISM award for photonics innovation. Prof. Arnold is a fellow of OSA and SPIE. Anthony Boccanfuso, Chief Executive Officer and President, University-Industry Development Partnerships (UIDP). Since 2007, Anthony M. Boccanfuso has led UIDP (uidp.org), a solutions-oriented membership organization comprised of top-tier innovation companies and world-class research universities. UIDP supports mutually beneficial collaborations by developing and disseminating strategies for addressing common issues between the sectors—academic, corporate and government. Its activities help members achieve meaningful impact on a broad array of collaboration matters, ranging from contracting to commercialization and workforce development. After completing his doctorate in inorganic chemistry, Boccanfuso embarked on a career spanning more than 30 years with a focus on research and innovation. He managed a variety of administrative, programmatic, and strategy initiatives for academic, government, and private sector organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. More recently, Boccanfuso was part of a team selected to create and manage the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA, ervacommunity.org), an NSF-funded initiative with a mission to identify and develop new engineering research directions and catalyze high-impact research that benefits society. He also serves as a member of the 1890 Foundation Board Advisory Council. Clifford P. Brangwynne, June K. Wu '92 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Director, Princeton Bioengineering Initiative, Princeton University. Clifford Brangwynne is the June K. Wu ‘92 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and Director of the Princeton Bioengineering Initiative. He obtained a B.S. in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, and PhD in Applied Physics in 2007 from Harvard University. He was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, and was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. Since 2011 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. His primary research interests are in biological self-assembly, particularly in the role of intracellular liquid-liquid phase separation. Dr. Brangwynne is the recipient of numerous awards including a Searle Scholar (2012), NIH New Innovator (2012), Sloan Research Fellow (2014), ASCB Emerging Leader Award (2015), MacArthur Fellowship (2018), Blavatnik Award (2020), Michael and Kate Bárány Award (2020), Wiley Prize (2021), HFSP Nakasone Award (2021), Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award (2022), and most recently a Breakthrough Prize (2023). Mark Brooks, Project Leader, Evotec. Mark has a background in the structure determination of macromolecular complexes using a combination of techniques such as crystallography, electron microscopy, SAXS and NMR, notably at EMBL Grenoble. He joined Evotec firstly at Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, UK, in 2009 and came to the U.S. in 2015 to assist in setting up the new Evotec Princeton site. He now leads a growing team of structural biologists who determine macromolecular structures both alone and in complex with ligands in order to give insights into future directions for the optimization of pharmaceutical molecules for diverse drug discovery programs. Pierre-Thomas Brun, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University. PT Brun received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2009. He then received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Sorbonne University in 2012 for work on the dynamics and instability of viscous and elastic threads. PT was a postdoctoral fellow at EPFL, specializing in interfacial fluid mechanics and instabilities. In 2014, he joined MIT as an instructor in Applied Mathematics before moving to Princeton, where he has been a faculty in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering since 2017. PT is the recipient of the 2020 NSF CAREER Award and the 2023 APS Early Career Award in Soft Matter Research. His curiosity-driven research combines experimental investigations and the quantitative modeling of fluid and elastic processes in soft materials. He is best known for his work on interfacial flows and pattern-forming instabilities in the context of solidifying liquids and his studies on elastic rods and morphing materials. While the epicenter of his work is fundamental, his research naturally connects to critical societal challenges, e.g., developing new manufacturing paradigms and facilitating the distribution of soft robots into our daily lives. Paul J. Chirik, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry. Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University. Paul J. Chirik is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, is a synthetic chemist with broad interests in catalysis and sustainability. His research group focuses on chemical reactions with reduced carbon footprint, reliance on earth abundant rather than precious elements and new bond disconnections that reduce waste and separations. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he obtained his B. S. in chemistry at Virginia Tech where in the laboratory of Joseph Merola, his interest in the chemistry of the transition metals began. Chirik earned his Ph. D. at Caltech under the supervision of John Bercaw and following a brief postdoctoral appointment at MIT, began his independent career at Cornell in 2001. In 2006, he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2009 was named the Peter J. W. Debye Professor of Chemistry. In 2011, Chirik and his research group moved to Princeton University where he was named the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry. His teaching and research have been recognized with an NSF CAREER Award, an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, a Packard Fellowship in science and engineering, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the 2019 Eni Environmental Solutions Prize and the Gabor Samorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis. Chirik is the author of over 240 peer reviewed publications, inventor on more than 20 patent applications and current Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics. Sujit S. Datta, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University. Sujit Datta is an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. He earned a BA in Mathematics and Physics and an MS in Physics in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania, and then a PhD in Physics in 2013 from Harvard, where he studied fluid dynamics and instabilities in soft and disordered media with Dave Weitz. His postdoctoral training was in Chemical Engineering at Caltech, where he studied the biophysics of the gut with Rustem Ismagilov. Datta joined Princeton in 2017, where his lab studies the fascinating behaviors manifested by soft ("squishy") and living systems in complex environments. He also actively leads outreach efforts in STEM to bring together diverse perspectives and provide access to researchers from traditionally under-represented groups in studies of soft and living systems. Altogether, this work has been recognized by awards from a broad range of different communities, reflecting its multidisciplinary nature, including through the NSF CAREER Award, Pew Biomedical Scholar Award, AIChE 35 Under 35 Award, ACS Unilever Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, three awards from the APS (Early Career Award in Biological Physics, Andreas Acrivos Award in Fluid Dynamics, and the Apker Award), and multiple commendations for teaching. Pablo G. Debenedetti, Dean for Research. Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science. Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University. Pablo Debenedetti is the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Dean for Research at Princeton University. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Buenos Aires, and his graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained MS (1981) and PhD (1985) degrees in Chemical Engineering. Since 1985 he has been a faculty member at Princeton University. Prior to becoming Dean for Research, he served as Chair of the Chemical Engineering department (1996-2004), and Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (2008-2013). His research interests include the thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of liquids and glasses; water and aqueous solutions; protein thermodynamics; nucleation; metastability; and the origin of biological homochirality. Research in Debenedetti’s group has helped define the current state of basic knowledge on the properties of metastable liquids and glasses, and brought this vast field to the mainstream of chemical engineering thermodynamics. He is the author of one book, Metastable Liquids (named 1996 Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Chemistry by the Association of American Publishers), and more than 300 scientific articles. Debenedetti’s professional honors include the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987), the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1989), a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1991), the Professional Progress (1997), Walker (2008), Institute Lecture (2013) and Alpha Chi Sigma (2019) Awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the John M. Prausnitz Award in Applied Chemical Thermodynamics (2001), the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the American Chemical Society (2008), the Guggenheim Medal from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2017), and the Aneesur Rahman Prize in Computational Physics from the American Physical Society (2023). He received the Distinguished Teacher Award from Princeton’s School of Engineering (2008), and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching (2008), Princeton’s highest distinction for teaching. In 2008 Debenedetti was named one of 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Physical Society. Jie Deng, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Princeton University. Jie earned his Ph.D. degree in geophysics at Yale University in 2019. He studied the melting and dynamics of Earth’s deep interior at extreme conditions using both high-pressure experiments and the density functional theory. After three years as postdoc scholar at UCLA, he joined the faculty of the Princeton Geosciences Department as an assistant professor in 2022. Jie uses atomistic simulations, machine learning, and laboratory experiments to study material properties and key processes underlying the formation and evolution of planetary bodies, including phase transitions, element partitioning, and isotope fractionation. His recent work combines machine learning, and ab initio molecular dynamics to model the melting and crystallization processes of bridgmanite, with application to the magma ocean process and early evolution of terrestrial planets. Adji Bousso Dieng, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University. Adji Bousso Dieng is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University where she leads Vertaix on research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and the natural sciences. She is affiliated with the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, the Princeton Materials Institute, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) at Princeton. She is also a Research Scientist at Google AI and the founder and President of the nonprofit The Africa I Know. She has been recently named an AI2050 Early Career Fellow by Schmidt Futures and the Annie T. Randall Innovator of 2022 for her research and advocacy by the American Statistical Association. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her doctoral work received many recognitions, including a Google Ph.D. Fellowship in Machine Learning, a rising star in Machine Learning nomination by the University of Maryland, and a Savage Award from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, for her doctoral thesis. She hails from Kaolack, Senegal. Mahako Etta, Program Manager, NJ Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT). Mahako Etta is a Program Manager within the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation, and Technology (CSIT). In this role, Mahako supports the planning and implementation of CSIT’s research and development grant products that help early-stage NJ-based companies grow their technology from ideation to commercialization. Specifically, she oversees the allocation of approximately $4 million in grants annually. Mahako also works closely with federal and state agencies to connect early-stage companies with access to federal funds and business development resources. Mahako has 15 years of work experience in higher education research, administration, and workforce development. She previously served as the Project Lead for the City of Newark’s S.T.E.A.M. Coalition, a public-private network comprised of government, higher education, high schools, and foundations focused on building science, technology, engineering and mathematics pathways from high school to career for Newark students. Prior to that, Mahako worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University – Newark. Mahako managed a dynamic higher education advisory board comprised of seven universities and colleges, and a network of thirty Kindergarten through 12th grade and college readiness programs. In this role, she managed a research team that tracked the growth of post-secondary degree enrollment, retention, and attainment for Newark residents across multiple higher-educational institutions. Mahako also implemented a district-wide academic institute that enrolled 800 students per year into a summer academic and leadership institute. The institute aligned students to steam curriculum and industry. Mahako supported the Executive Director to manage up to $4 million in grant funds from Facebook, Kresge, Ford, and the Lumina Foundation. Mahako was also the Assistant Director of the Public Service Undergraduate programs at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University – Newark. She taught undergraduate courses in Public Service as Responsible Citizenship and Introduction to Public Administration. Mahako earned both her Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a Political Science minor from Rutgers University. Mahako is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. Andrea J. Goldsmith, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science. Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University. Andrea Goldsmith is the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. She was previously the Stephen Harris Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she is now Harris Professor Emerita. Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and signal processing, and their application to wireless communications, interconnected systems, and neuroscience. She founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera, Inc.) and of Quantenna (QTNA), Inc, and she serves on the Board of Directors for Intel (INTC), Medtronic (MDT), Crown Castle Inc (CCI), and the Marconi Society. She also serves on the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as the founding Chair of the IEEE Board of Directors Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Dr. Goldsmith is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her awards include the Marconi Prize, the IEEE Sumner Technical Field Award, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the ComSoc Armstrong Technical Achievement Award, the Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, the WICE Mentoring Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book ``Wireless Communications'' and co-author of the books ``MIMO Wireless Communications,” “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” and “Machine Learning and Wireless Communications,” all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 29 patents. David Hill, Senior Research Scientist, SRI International. Dr. David Hill received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. He has over 10 years’ experience in materials science, specifically in designing nano and microscale optoelectronic devices, with 15 peer-reviewed publications and one patent. Zuzanna A. Lewicka, Micro/Nanofabrication Center, Princeton University. Zuzanna Lewicka graduated with a master’s degree in optoelectronics and fiber laser technology from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland in 2005, and received a PhD degree in applied physics from Rice University, Houston in 2012. She worked as semiconductor process engineer in a startup company on photodetector arrays for vision systems and smart cameras. In 2017, Dr. Lewicka joined Princeton University as a senior research specialist at MNFC, and has been serving as an interim director of MNFC since June 2021. Marcella Lusardi, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton University. Marcella Lusardi is an assistant professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Materials Institute. Prior to joining Princeton in July 2022, she was a research scientist at BASF (2021-2022) and a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech (2018-2021). She received a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 2018 and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 2012. Her research focuses on molecular-level design of advanced catalytic and adsorptive materials to address pressing challenges in sustainability. Ahmad Moini, Senior Research Fellow, BASF. Dr. Ahmad Moini is a Senior Research Fellow at BASF Corporation in Iselin, NJ. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University, and he held a postdoctoral appointment at Michigan State University. Dr. Moini started his career at Mobil Research & Development Corporation (now ExxonMobil), where he conducted research on microporous materials. With a focus on exploratory zeolite synthesis, he studied the mechanism of zeolite crystallization and the role of specific classes of organic directing agents in the formation of various zeolite frameworks. After holding a series of research positions at Engelhard Corporation, he joined BASF Corporation. His primary research interests at Engelhard and BASF have been in the area of materials synthesis, directed at a range of catalytic and functional applications. He applied high throughput methods for the synthesis and evaluation of catalytic materials, and used these tools for the development of new products. A significant part of his work has been directed towards catalysts for environmental applications. These efforts, in collaboration with the extended BASF team, led to the discovery and development of Cu-CHA catalyst for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx from diesel vehicles. He holds 64 granted US patents relating to various aspects of materials and catalyst development. He was the recipient of the 2016 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship from the North American Catalysis Society, and the 2022 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis from the Catalysis Club of Chicago. Alex I. Norman, Executive Director, Princeton Materials Institute. Dr. Alex Norman is the Executive Director of Princeton Materials Institute (PMI). Prior to joining Princeton University, Alex has held various positions in R&D technical leadership in industry including ExxonMobil, United Technologies (now Raytheon Technologies) and Ingredion. Most recently Alex was the Director of Materials R&D for a NJ-based biomaterials start-up company, Modern Meadow. Alex holds a BS degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield (UK), where he worked on the self-assembly and transition kinetics of aqueous block polymers. During his postdoctoral studies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), University of Maryland and New York University, Alex worked on X-ray, neutron and light scattering to probe structure and morphology across a variety of polymer and protein solutions. Throughout his industrial career, Alex continued to work with National Labs and University core facilities to bring SAXS capabilities to solve industrial problems and support product development. Alex has held positions as a Program Chair at the PMSE division of the American Chemical Society and currently is a symposium organizer for the TechConnect World meetings. Sacha Patera, Senior Associate Director, Corporate Engagement & Foundation Relations, Princeton University. A scientist by training in biophysics, structural biology and rational drug design, Dr. Patera forged a career in support of academic research by brokering partnerships that enable research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Patera is part of the Princeton Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team in the Office of the Dean for Research. Before joining Princeton, Sacha held industry relations positions at Rutgers University, Dartmouth College and Northwestern University. Her academic and university experience also includes biomedical research, interdisciplinary graduate education, professional development of STEM trainees and postdocs, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Sacha is passionate about societal diversity and the professional development of scientists because she believes these are key to translating great academic ideas into innovations. In 1989, Sacha was part of a startup that sent protein crystallization experiments onto the Soviet Space Station MIR. Dr. Patera holds a biochemistry BS from McGill University, a chemistry PhD from Brandeis University and business executive education certification from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. ‘Sacha’ is a French spelling and pronounced ‘Sasha.’ Pronouns are she/her/hers. Barry P. Rand, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University. Rand joined the Princeton University faculty in 2013 and currently holds a joint appointment as professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Rand’s research interests highlight the border between electrical engineering, materials science, chemistry, and applied physics, covering electronic and optoelectronic thin-films and devices. He has authored approximately 160 refereed journal publications and holds 25 issued U.S. patents. He has received several awards and accolades, including the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2014), DuPont Young Professor Award (2015), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2015), and ONR Young Investigator Program Award (2016). Rand earned a B.E. in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2001 and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University. From 2007 to 2013, he was at imec in Leuven, Belgium, ultimately as a principal scientist, researching the understanding, optimization, and manufacturability of thin-film solar cells. Richard A. Register, Director, Princeton Materials Institute. Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University. Richard A. Register is Director of the Princeton Materials Institute and Eugene Higgins Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. His research interests revolve around micro- and nanostructured polymers, such as semicrystalline polymers, block copolymers, polymer blends, and ionomers, ranging across their synthesis, physics, properties, applications, and recycling. Previously, he served as chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering from 2008-2016, and as Director of the NSF-supported Princeton Center for Complex Materials from 2005-2008. He received the Charles M.A. Stine Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2002, and was honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award from Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2018. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the American Chemical Society, and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (with Stuart Cooper *67), and a Master of Chemical Engineering Practice and bachelor’s degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from MIT. Susan Schofer, Chief Science Officer, HAX. Partner, SOSV. Susan Schofer is a Partner at SOSV and Chief Science Officer at HAX, the world’s premier venture program accelerating early stage hard tech startups. She works with startups via early stage investment, defining key milestones and go-to-market strategies, and is responsible for scientific oversight to support portfolio companies. Prior to HAX, Susan served as SVP Business Development for Modern Meadow on the leadership team, developing sustainable materials, leading product, partnership, and go-to- market strategy and execution from ideation through commercialization. Susan spent 10 years in Silicon Valley in roles spanning R&D, product development, product management, and business development for Amyris (SynBio pioneer) and Symyx Technologies (automated, robotic high-throughput tools & workflows to accelerate material discovery & commercialization). Her passion is working with innovators to bring scientific breakthroughs to market to make a positive impact on the planet. Susan was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Stockholm University, developing artificial photosynthesis. She holds a PhD in chemistry from Caltech and an ScB in chemistry from Brown. Alok Sharma, Senior Principal Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb. Dr. Alok Sharma is a Senior Principal Scientist in the Molecular Structure and Design group of Bristol Myers Squibb company in the USA. His research interests and expertise include structural biology, macromolecular crystallography, single-particle cryo-electron microscopy and computational biology. He holds a doctoral degree in Structural and Computational Biology from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. During his doctoral work, through computational biology and X-ray crystallography, Dr. Sharma proposed a connection between successive gene duplication, fusion, divergent evolution, and carbohydrate-binding capabilities in plant lectins. He also delineated the structural and functional role of water molecules and combination of conformation selection and induced fit mechanisms in carbohydrate recognition by plant lectins. Through X-ray crystallography work, he explained the structural basis of lack of toxicity for few ribosome-inactivating protein homologs. Dr. Sharma obtained his postdoctoral training from Gunter Blobel’s Laboratory at the Rockefeller University, New York, USA where with a combination of biophysics, X-ray crystallography, single-particle cryoEM and computational methods he highlighted the dynamic and promiscuous nature of nucleoporins involved in structure and function of nuclear pore complex. During his 4 years at BMS, Dr. Sharma has applied X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM & biophysics to support a number of drug discovery projects. Matthew Sillick, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Paragon Pure. Matt Sillick, BS Alfred University/MS Georgia Tech, is a food materials scientist with twelve patents in flavor encapsulation and natural ingredients. Matt is co-founder and CTO at Paragon Pure, a food technology startup developing oleogel technologies as healthy and sustainable alternatives to tropical fats within plant-based meat applications. Paragon Pure has been supported by an SBIR grant from the USDA as well as an exploratory research grant from the Good Food Institute. The company successfully completed a VC-backed seed round in August 2022 to develop our structured fats pilot plant in Rocky Hill, NJ. Aditya Sood, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton University. Aditya Sood is an assistant professor with joint appointments in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and the Princeton Materials Institute (PMI). His group works in the areas of nanoscale thermal transport, nanoelectronics, and ultrafast science. The group is broadly interested in visualizing materials on the fastest time and smallest length scales, and manipulating their behavior for applications in energy-efficient computing, energy harvesting, and energy storage. Prof. Sood received a PhD from Stanford University in Materials Science, and B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He was briefly a postdoc in Stanford-EE, after which he was a postdoc and Research Scientist at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences at the SLAC National Laboratory. He has received the MRS Postdoctoral Award from the Materials Research Society (2022), the Early Career Award from the AVS Nanoscale Science & Technology Division (2022), the LCLS Young Investigator Award from SLAC National Lab (2021), the Gold Graduate Student Award from MRS (2017), and the Batra Gold Medal from IIT-Kanpur (2011). Hrebesh Subhash, Senior Principal Scientist, Global Devices and Clinical Method Development, Colgate-Palmolive Company. Dr. Hrebesh M Subhash is a Senior Principal Scientist and Technical Lead at the Global Devices and Clinical Method Development Division of Colgate Palmolive in the USA. He holds a doctoral degree in Biomedical Optics from Yamagata University in Japan, as well as dual masters in Photonics Technology and Applied Electronics from Cochin University of Science and Technology in India and Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, respectively. Dr. Hrebesh has previously worked with the Spanish National Research Council and the MIT-M Vision Consortium in Madrid, Spain, the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform Ireland in Galway, Ireland, Compact Imaging Inc in Mountain View, California, the Oregon Hearing Research Institute and Case Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, the Human Sensing and Functional Sensor Engineering Lab in Yamagata, Japan, and the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology in Indore, India. His research interests and expertise include Biomedical Optics, Optical Instrumentation, Microscopy, Wearable sensors and Medical imaging, Signal and Image processing, Robotics and AI/ML, particularly in the development of cutting-edge and translational biophotonics technologies that interface and bridge basic engineering research and medical diagnosis and interventions. Dr. Hrebesh has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences, and has contributed 5 book chapters in the field of optical imaging and clinical applications. He has 10 issued patents and over 20 pending patents. Nicholas Thompson, Senior Manager, Research and Development, Universal Display Corporation. Nicholas Thompson is a Senior Research and Development Manager at Universal Display Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014. Since then, he has worked at UDC focusing on development of high performance PHOLED devices. Nicholas has more than 20 publications and 25 granted or pending patent applications. Nan Yao, Director, Imaging and Analysis Center. Professor of the Practice in the Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton University. Professor Nan Yao is a leading scholar with core expertise in materials characterization for interdisciplinary research and applications. Yao is the founding director of Princeton's Imaging and Analysis Center. As a teacher, he is a ten-time teaching award recipient at Princeton University. As a scientist, he has published two books and over 300 scientific articles with contributions including the co-discovery of the first natural quasicrystal, a finding that has revolutionized the science of natural crystal chemistry by identifying the third form of solid in nature besides crystalline and non-crystalline. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including election to the Microscopy Society of America, the Royal Microscopical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.