Category Archives: WTEC Workshops

** June 2, 2015 Workshop on Nanomodular Materials & Systems by Design

The study is on design and assembly of nanoscale materials into useful devices. It uses a case study based on the exciting new two-dimensional materials like graphene, which are particularly promising for applications in electronics, energy storage, coatings, and other fields.

This study is being conducted by a panel of experts chaired by Pulickel Ajayan from Rice University. Others on the panel include: Kaustav Banerjee (UCSB),
Don Brenner (NCSU), Ahmed Busnaina (Northeastern), Padma Gopalan (Wisconsin), and Charlie Johnson (Penn).  In March the panel visited top labs in Asia–Singapore, China, Japan, and Korea.  In April the team went to Europe–Switzerland, France, Belgium, Ireland, and UK. They also organized a half-dozen workshops abroad to help gather information.

The final workshop will be held at NSF from 8AM to 4PM, in Room 1235, the boardroom of the National Science Board. There is more information at  The workshop will also be webcast and archived for later viewing at



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** Renewable Energy and Systems Engineering: An International Perspective

WTEC has recently completed a study on the R&D being done around the world to help renewable energy fit into existing energy infrastructures, like electrical grids.  That requires systems engineering on a scale beyond anything done before.  To make progress, WTEC sent a team of U.S. experts to top labs in Europe and Asia to bring back good ideas.  The final report is at  A video version of the final workshop has been archived and can be viewed by registering at:

About WTEC:
The World Technology Evaluation Center is the nation’s leading organization in conducting international technology assessments via peer review. WTEC has conducted over 70 such studies since 1989 under grants from many Federal agencies. For more information, visit

** BioManufacturing R&D: An International Perspective

What’s the next big thing in replaceable body parts?

Cyborgs are trending from science fiction to reality shows. People with superior artificial parts have been fantasies since at least the popular 1970s sitcom, the Six Million Dollar Man, and many films that explore the possibilities. Now science fact is rapidly catching up with science fiction.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could buy spare parts for your body, just as you do for your car? Researchers around the world are pursuing this dream, and are making great progress. More and more spare parts are already being used to help patients recover from burns, bum knees, and even failure of whole organs. While artificial organ transplants are now limited to relatively simple ones like bladders, researchers are working on much more ambitious goals like kidneys, livers, and even hearts. (Brains are not included! Yet.)

Some of America’s top experts on the exciting new field of bio manufacturing recently visited the some of the best labs in Europe and Asia to bring back good ideas. They will present their results at a workshop on November 5, and you can attend for free. Just go to to register.  Or you can call 410-691-1579.

About WTEC:

The World Technology Evaluation Center is the nation’s leading organization in conducting international technology assessments via peer review. WTEC has conducted over 70 such studies since 1989 under grants from a variety of Federal agencies. For more information, visit WTEC.

For more information: Ms. Patricia Foland, Vice President for International Operations, WTEC,, Phone: 410-691-1579.


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Under sponsorship by NSF and other Federal agencies the World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. (WTEC), the nation’s leading organization for conducting international technology assessments, has commissioned a panel of U.S. experts to complete a study started in 2007 on the worldwide advances in Vaccine Development and Production. Previously the United States and Europe were analyzed; now Asia is the focus in this phase. Results will be presented in a FREE workshop to be held on May 5, 2010, 8:30am – 4:00pm, at the National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 555, Arlington, VA, 22230. Although the workshop is free, registration is required. For further information and registration visit:

The panel includes:
• Dr. Joseph Bielitzki, LENSAR, (Chair)
• Dr. Stephen W. Drew, Drew Solutions
• Dr. Cyril Gerard Gay, USDA
• Dr. Terrance Leighton, CHORI
• Dr. Sheldon Howard Jacobson, UIUC
• Dr. Mary Ritchey, Ritchey Associates

The panel will report on their visits to some 30 key academic and industrial institutions in 5 different countries in Asia. The panel will also compare findings in vaccine production with the latest research in the United States and Europe.

The full text of recently completed WTEC international reports on rapid vaccine manufacturing, brain-computer interfaces, carbon nanotube manufacturing, spin electronics, micromanufacturing, robotics, and many others are available free at

Free Worshop on Simulation-Based Engineering and Science (SBE&S)

Learn about the current directions in Simulation-Based Engineering and Science (SBE&S) from a panel of experts who have completed a study initiated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other U.S. Government agencies to examine the worldwide status and trends in this field. This FREE workshop will be held during 8:30am – 4:00pm on April 25, 2008 at NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Room 375. Registration is required due to seating capacity and NSF security arrangements. Registration and more information.

Free WTEC Workshop on Rapid Vaccine Manufacturing

Ramping up production of vaccines offers the best hope of preventing a pandemic of avian flu. To gather new ideas for engineering such improvements, the WTEC expert panel on Rapid Vaccine Manufacturing visited 18 of the top labs in Europe in early March. Earlier they surveyed U.S. R&D in the field with a workshop at NSF. Led by Joe Bielitzky, the panel will present their findings from 8:20AM to 4PM on March 30 in Room 555 at NSF in Arlington, VA. The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required for entry into the NSF building. For more information and to register, visit