21st Century Innovation/Technology

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm
Where: SH 335
Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Donofrio
Organization: Former Vice Chairman of IBM
Sponsor: IGERT Nanomedicine Science & Technology

Nick Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008. He also was vice chairman of the IBM International Foundation and chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. Mr. Donofrio’s most recent responsibilities included IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, as well as Environmental Health & Product Safety. Also reporting to Mr. Donofrio were the senior executives responsible for IBM’s enterprise on demand transformation. In addition to that strategic business mission, Mr. Donofrio led the development and retention of IBM’s technical population and enriched that community with a diversity of culture and thought. In 2008 IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano elected Nick IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. Mr. Donofrio is focused sharply on advancing education, employment and career opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women. He served for many years on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and was NACME’s Board chair from 1997 through 2002. He presently is co-chair of the New York Hall of Science.

This is a new series of seminars examining the commercialization of nanotechnology, biotechnology and nanomedicine-based R&D from concept to market. Distinguished guest speakers include venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and regulatory officials.

The seminars are coordinated with a new course NNMD5470 Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine Product Development: From Concept To Market being taught in Spring 2013.