Lisa Friedersdorf

Lisa Friedersdorf

Lisa Friedersdorf

Director at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Dr. Lisa E. Friedersdorf is the Director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). As director of the NNCO, she serves as the national spokesperson for the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative which encompasses nanotechnology-related research and development activities of twenty departments and independent agencies.

Lisa Friedersdorf has been involved in nanotechnology for twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is also a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and has over two decades of experience teaching at both the university and high school levels.

Lisa Friedersdorf earned her PhD and MSE degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in Materials Science and Engineering and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

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Abstract Title: “The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative: Vision and Best Practices”

Abstract: The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) encompasses nanotechnology-related research and development activities of twenty departments and independent agencies. This presentation will provide an overview of the NNI, including its structure, goals, operation, and key areas of focus including the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives. Education and outreach efforts will be discussed with examples of how nanotechnology can be used to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields to address future workforce needs. Finally, opportunities for international collaboration though communities of research will be addressed.

SPEAKER OF PLENARY 3: INVESTING IN NANOTECHNOLOGY