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We are excited to announce that we have a new INVENTor! Dr. Heng Pan is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the INVENT Lab, he was an Associate Professor at Missouri S&T. Dr. Pan's research interests include additive manufacturing of electronics and energy devices, micro/nanomanufacturing, and semiconductor manufacturing. He has received multiple awards including NSF CAREER Award and ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award. Welcome Aboard Dr. Pan!
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Ms. Stephanie Murphy shared her experiences and her success in innovating in the new space economy in the Women Innovators Speaker Series. Stephanie Murphy is the principal owner and Executive Chairman of the Board of MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT), an advanced technology company providing comprehensive technical and management services in Engineering, Integration, and Test, Space Access, Modeling and Simulation, and also Information Technology/Cybersecurity. She is also the founder and principal owner of Alpha Space
Test and Research Alliance, LLC (Alpha Space) which serves the Materials Science community and Private Sector with materials science research access in the space environment utilizing a privately‐owned laboratory at the International Space Station, making her the first woman to own a commercial facility in space.
Women Innovators had a panel discussion on "non-academic career paths for M.S and Ph.D. innovators". The panel included Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg, Dr. Dilma Da Silva, and Dr. Cynthia Hipwell. Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg is a former NASA astronaut and currently works as a Professor of Engineering Practice at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University. Dr. Dilma Da Silva has previously worked at Qualcomm Research and IBM Thomas J. Watson research center. Dr. Da Silva currently holds the Ford Motor Company Design Professorship II at Texas A&M University. Dr. Cynthia Hipwell has spent 21 years in industry – most of that as a data storage leader at Seagate Technology. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Hipwell currently holds TEES Eminent Professorship at Texas A&M University.
Women Innovators had their first 2020 meeting to kick off the new semester. This meeting was led by Program Director, Dr. Cynthia Hipwell. INVENTors and Innovators shared their ideas and reviewed the agenda for the semester.
Mr. Rodney Boehm discussed "important tips to improve your elevator pitch" in the Women Innovators Speaker Series. Mr. Boehm is the Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University.
Texas A&M Office of the President jointly with Texas A&M University Aggie Women Network announced that Dr. Hipwell will be recognized with the 2019 Eminent Scholar Award. The award encompasses a wide range of disciplines and honors the outstanding contributions of faculty based on research, scholarship, and service.
INVENTors presented their latest research at the 2019 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC). TFC is focused on the role tribology plays as the interface of physics, chemistry, materials science and mechanical engineering. Presented topics include "Design and Optimization of a Finger-Surface Tribometer with Constant Normal Load Control", "Study of human fingertip friction with controlled relative humidity"
and "Modeling Capillary in the Finger-Device Tribology Interfaces"
INVENTors presented their latest research at the 2019 GRC/GRS on the Science of Adhesion which was focused on outstanding challenges in understanding adhesion and friction in extreme conditions. Presented topics include "Friction and Adhesion in the Finger-Device Interface" and "Modeling Capillary at Finger Device Interface"
Dr. Cora Leibig shared her innovations on "Disrupting 3D Printing with Durable Materials" in the Women Innovators Speaker Series. Dr. Cora Leibig is the founder and CEO of Chromatic 3D Materials, a company focused on developing innovative, disruptive materials for the 3D printing industry. Dr. Leibig has 20 years of professional experience in the materials industry: prior roles include VP of R&D and COO at Segetis, a VC‐backed startup company, and Research Director at The Dow Chemical Company. In all of her efforts, she seeks to marry technology innovation with unmet needs in the market, and invest in technology that can
accelerate business growth.