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Advanced Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, MEMS, & Microsystems Focus of Annual Iberoamerican Research and Development Summit.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 28, 2003

Leading U.S. Engineering Representative Dr. Dennis Swyt, Chief,

Precision Engineering Division, National Institute of Standards

and Technology (NIST) and Small Technology Expert Job Elders Among

Participants in Event Designed to Create Partnerships and

Opportunities for International Business Development

The third Annual Iberoamerican Research and Development Summit (AIRDS) features Dr. Dennis Swyt, Chief, Precision Engineering Division, NIST, U.S. Department of Commerce, and industry leaders such as Job Elders, President of C2V, among others, to discuss Advanced Manufacturing and Small Technologies May 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Old Town Hotel.

Dr. Asad M. Madni, President and COO, BEI Technologies, Inc. will focus his keynote address on Full Circle Commercialization of a Dual-Use Micromachined Quartz Rate Sensor Technology and its implications for research and development, technology transfer, and business opportunities.

Other speakers include Ing. Jaime Parada, Director General of Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), J. Leonard Martinez, Vice President of Manufacturing Systems, Science and Technology, and Alton Romig Jr., Vice President of Science & Technology and Partnerships and Chief Technology Officer, both of Sandia National Laboratories, a world leader in Advanced Manufacturing and Small Technologies.

Technology transfer opportunities from Sandia National Laboratories create a vibrant Small Technology cluster in New Mexico, currently ranked 3rd in a list of the top 10 U.S. states in the race to become the economic center of Small Technology, which includes Nanotechnology, MEMS, and Microsystems (Small Times, March/April 2003).

Designed to create partnerships and prospects for international business development amongst participants from the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking regions of the world, AIRDS is presented by Sandia National Laboratories, the City of Albuquerque, and MAPA Incorporated.

Sponsors include the Next Generation Economy Initiative, United States Agency for International Development, and Manufacturing Extension Partnership Management Services Incorporated.

The Summit will consist of a multi-track conference, technology demonstrations, and an agenda conducive to "deal flow" and partnership building. Participants include representatives from Iberoamerican Science and Technology Ministries, U.S. national laboratories and government agencies, Centers of Excellence, universities, international organizations, and companies such as Motorola and Sony.

For more information, including a detailed agenda, please see www.irdsummit.org or contact Ms. Leonel Chavez or Mr. Victor Chavez.
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