Schedule for Anaheim 2015

Friday March 27, 2015

7:30 am – 8:00 am
RegistrationLocation: ACC 202B
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Welcome and OverviewLocation: ACC 202B
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Research with ImpactStrategies for building a research portfolio that has high impact and visibility within a society.

Speaker: Dr. Abraham Lee (University of California, Irvine)

Location: ACC 202B

9:30 am – 9:45 am Coffee Break
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Balancing Service & OutreachUnderstanding how to identify good service that helps build your brand and how to strategically incorporate outreach into your research program while protecting your time.

Speaker: Dr. Manu Platt (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Location: ACC 202B

10:45 am – 11:00 am
Travel Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NSF Research and Funding OpportunitiesTips on writing a grant for the NSF that will get funded and a brief overview of some lesser-known funding opportunities within NSF.

Speaker: Dr. Bevlee Watford (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Location: ACC 210D

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Funding your Research Program (Working Lunch)Methods for soliciting funding for your research program and understanding the difference between various funding entities, e.g. NSF, NIH, AFOSR, DARPA, Industry, Foundations.

Speaker: Dr. Timothy Pinkston (University of Southern California)

Location: ACC 202B

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Engineering Deans’ ForumLocation: ACC 207C
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Travel Break
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Teaching in No TimeGood practices for planning a course, preparing lecture notes and exams, setting homework and pop quizzes. Stimulating ideas regarding integrating STEM research into your courses (which may lead to publications and considered as education-based outreach).

Speaker: Dr. Audrey Ellerbee (Stanford University)

Location: Hilton Huntington C

3:00 pm – 3:15pm Travel and Coffee Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Branding, Marketing and Selling Your ResearchTopics include: how to create your image using technology and social media effectively to connect with alumni, corporations, and potential collaborators; how to also market your research program effectively using other media outlets at your institution, e.g., department website newsletter, campus newsletter; critical tips on selling your research in 30 sec. or less, e.g. creating an effective elevator speech for various entities.

Speaker: Dr. Mitchell Walker (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Location: ACC 210B

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm How to handle THAT!Case studies and demonstrations on various topics will “come to life” in this workshop that is centered on developing strategies for dealing with the unorthodox, e.g., an unruly student, collaborations (collaborators) gone awry, nonperforming graduates students, intentional and unintentional biases.

Speaker: Dr. Tequila Harris (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Location: ACC 209A

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Networking and Social EventLocation: Marriott Platinum Ballroom 2


Saturday March 28, 2015

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Beyond the University Walls Panel DiscussionLocation: ACC 203A
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Coffee Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am ARLN Open MeetingLocation: ACC 203A
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
ARLN Steering Committee Closed MeetingLocation: ACC 203A
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ARLS Poster and Networking SessionLocation: ACC 210A
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
ARLS Closing RemarksLocation: ACC 201A



Poster Session: The poster session will begin at 1:00pm and is a wonderful opportunity to interact informally with other attendees around research and other career-related concerns. Each presenter is asked to be present at the session and remain at their poster for the duration of the session.

The maximum poster size that can be accommodated is 36” W x 48” H. Please size your poster accordingly. Pushpins to hang posters will be provided on-site. Please note that ARLN and NSBE do not provide printing services on-site.

Conference Attire: Please note, the NSBE Convention and ARLS are business attire. Please dress appropriately. Jeans and sneakers are not permitted.


Abraham (Abe) P. Lee, PhD is the William J. Link Chair and Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) with a joint appointment in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of California at Irvine in the USA.  He also serves as the director of the Micro/nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus (MF3) Center, a DARPA-industry supported research center currently with more than 10 industrial members. Prior to joining the UCI faculty in 2002, he was with the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations at the National Cancer Institute as a Senior Technology Advisor, and before that he was a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (1999-2001).  Dr. Lee’s current research is focused on the development of active integrated microfluidics (electrofluidics and acoustic) and droplet microfluidic platforms for the following applications: biosensors to detect environmental and terrorism threats, point-of-care and molecular diagnostics, “smart” nanomedicine for early detection and treatment, automated cell sorting technologies, and tissue engineering and cell-based therapeutics.  His research has contributed to the founding of several start-up companies and he also serves as an advisor to companies and government agencies.  Dr. Lee served as an editor for the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (2004-2009) and is currently the associate editor of the Lab on a Chip journal. He has given more than 100 invited presentations, owns 38 issued US patents and has published over 80 peer-reviewed journals articles.  Professor Lee was awarded the 2009 Pioneers of Miniaturization Prize by Corning and Lab on a Chip and is an elected fellow of the American Institute of and Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Lee received his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and his bachelor’s degree in Power Mechanical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 1986.
Dr. Manu O. Platt received his B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College in 2001 and his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University joint program in biomedical engineering in 2006 studying flow mediated mechanisms of proteolytic cardiovascular remodeling in atherosclerosis. He finished his postdoctoral training at MIT in orthopedic tissue engineering and systems biology prior to returning to Georgia Tech and Emory in the joint department of Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Platt’s transdisciplinary research bridges tissue remodeling, systems biology, and a number of diseases.  Tissue remodeling involves the activation of proteases, enzymes capable of degrading the structural proteins of tissue and organs, and systems biology involves the use of computational models with experimental systems to explain phenomena difficult to test at the wet lab bench. The Platt Lab studies proteolytic mechanisms in a number of diseases: pediatric strokes in children with sickle cell disease, HIV-mediated cardiovascular disease, tendinopathy in overuse injuries, endometriosis, and personalized medicine applications to predict individual patient-specific cancer metastasis potential. His work has been funded by NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, International AIDS Society, Georgia Cancer Coalition, and the National Science Foundation.
Audrey K . Ellerbee, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She received her BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and completed her postdoctoral training in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. During her career, Dr. Ellerbee spent a short time as an International Fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore and as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate through the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program sponsored by the OSA and SPIE. She is a member of the OSA and SPIE and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Air Force Young Investigator Award, the NSF Career Award and the Hellman Faculty Scholars Award. Dr. Ellerbee directs the Stanford Biomedical Optics group, whose mission is to develop and deploy novel tools for optical imaging at the microscale and nanoscale. Their applications of interest span clinical and basic science domains. The group also has a particular interest in the development of low-cost, portable technologies suited for use in poorly resourced environments. Building on their expertise and experience with interferometry, they aim to create innovative technologies that serve as integral complements to the toolkits of biologists and clinicians, as well as use their own technologies to study various cellular phenomena relevant to disease.
Dr. Mitchell L. R. Walker is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he directs the High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory. He received his B.S.E., M.S.E, and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he specialized in plasma physics and advanced space propulsion. His primary research interests include both experimental and theoretical studies of advanced plasma propulsion concepts for spacecraft and fundamental plasma physics. His research activities include vacuum facility effects, helicon plasma sources, electron emission from carbon nanotubes, plasma-material interactions, Hall effect thrusters, gridded ion engines, MPD thrusters, and a suite of diagnostics for plasma interrogation and thruster characterization. Professor Walker has authored more than 80 journal articles and conference papers in the fields of electric propulsion and plasma physics.  He is the recipient of an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Lawrence Sperry Award, and a NASA Faculty Fellow Award. Professor Walker is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, serves on the AIAA Electric Propulsion Technical Committee, and is an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He also serves on the National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems Technology Solutions Committee.
Dr. Tequila A. L. Harris is an Associate Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor’s in Physics from Lane College.  Dr. Harris’ research is focused on exploring the connectivity between thin film quality and its functionality, durability and performance, based on its manufacture.  Her aim is to elucidate mechanisms that cause system failure, which may have initiated at the manufacturing stage.  With the use of numerical simulations and experimentation, she has introduced unique models and approaches to predict and control the quality of thin films, processed on permeable and impermeable substrates. By addressing the associated complex fundamental problems, she aims to impact a plethora of industries and fields such as energy, electronics and environmental. Dr. Harris has received several awards and honors, of note, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Lockheed Martin Inspirational Young Faculty Award.
Dr. Timothy M. Pinkston is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BSEE’85) and Stanford University (MSEE’86 and PhD’93). His research interests span various aspects of interconnection network and communication architectures for distributed and parallel processing systems, including multicore and multiprocessor computer systems.  He has published over a hundred technical articles and book chapters on topics related to the above.  He served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) and served in leadership roles and on technical program committees for many conferences and workshops in the field, including ISCA, HPCA, IPDPS, ICPP, NOCS and HiPC. He also served as General Chair for the IPDPS’07 conference and as Program Chair for the HPCA’09 and ICPADS’06 conferences, and he has served on the Executive Board for the IEEE Computer Society’s TCCA and TCPP.  From January of 2006 to December of 2008, he served as a Program Director in the Computer & Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE) at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), where he directed research funding in the Computer Systems Architecture area ($10M) and led CISE’s flagship Expeditions in Computing Program ($40M).  Prior to NSF, he served as the Director of the Computer Engineering Division in USC’s Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering.  Currently, he is the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, having served in the Dean’s Office since 2009. Dr. Pinkston is a Senior Member of the ACM and Fellow of the IEEE.
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