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Nanoengineering focus of Congress, conference.

NANOTECHNOLOGY-RELATED SESSIONS were featured in the technical program of the 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. And ASME is deepening the focus next month with its third Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology in San Francisco.

The ASME NanoEngineering for Energy and Sustainability steering committee set up panel presentations, technical sessions, and the Society-Wide Micro and Nano Technology Poster Forum to enable participants at IMECE in San Diego to explore issues related to nanotechnology.

The panel "Nanoengineering for Energy Storage" looked at the advances, challenges, and opportunities in energy storage through design, processing, and manipulation of material at the nanometer-scale. Ram Gupta, director of the Energy for Sustainability Program at the National Science Foundation; Steven Kaye, chief scientific officer at Wildcat Discovery Technologies; and Shirley Meng, associate professor of nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego, were among the speakers.

Another panel presentation, "Materials Challenges for Energy," examined both the state-of-the-art in and the challenges associated with nanoscale materials for nuclear, fossil, solar, and wind energy. Panelists included Adam Cohen, deputy director of operations for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Bryan Morreale, research group leader at the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory; and SuSu Wang, Distinguished University Professor in the University of Houston's mechanical engineering department.

"We are very excited about the programming we're sponsoring at this year's Congress," said Marriner Merrill, researcher at the United States Naval Research Laboratory and secretary of the NEES steering committee. "We believe these sessions will be tremendously valuable to researchers and engineers who understand the impact that nanoengineering can have in the fields of energy and sustainability."

Next month, the ASME 2014 Third Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology will focus on how engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology can be integrated to address fundamental problems in biology and medicine. In addition, the conference will look at how nanoscale engineered devices and materials can be used to detect and treat diseases. Among the confirmed speakers are Mina Bissell, a Distinguished Scientist in life sciences at the University of California, Berkeley; John Rogers, chair of the department of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Arun Majumdar, vice president for energy at Google.

Conference begins February 2.

For more information, visit: NEMB2014/index,cfm.

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