2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry—Interactive Panel Discussion

Monday, April 13
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 B

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Space is limited.

This session will consist of researchers, entrepreneurs and industry specialists discussing their experiences and strategies to develop and commercialize their research as well as starting a successful company or nonprofit organization.

The event will start with a talk of how to spin off a successful nonprofit organization followed by an interactive panel discussion. The panel will include representatives from academia who recently made a commercially viable discovery, to companies and research institutions at all stages of the entrepreneurial ladder. Topics will include individual experiences, company products and access to resources that supported their entrepreneurial activities. Their insights in a panel format are invaluable to the PhD students who attend the biyearly MRS Meetings, many who are considering or already part of a tech transfer program. The event will end with a speed networking session in which attendees will have a chance for a brief conversation with the speakers.

Part I: Invited Speakers (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

JacobTrevinoJacob Trevino, Nanotech Alliance Inc.
How to Successfully Start a Nonprofit Organization

Jacob Trevino is a principal scientist at Chemeleon, a nanotechnology startup based in Brooklyn. He is also the founder of the nascently-formed nonprofit The Nanotech Alliance. The Alliance is a platform that began in New York City, aimed at fostering the growth and advancement of the nanotechnology and nanoscience communities in the greater New York City area. Trevino will speak about how he formed this nonprofit, and his plans to bring this platform far beyond New York.

Sheila Paul SheddSheila Paul Shedd, Arizona State University
Activating Your Career Toolbox

Sheila Paul Shedd is the Senior Director for Global Engagement & Corporate Partnerships in the Career & Professional Development Services Division at Arizona State University. She leads a team tasked with finding quality jobs and internships for students and alumni. This session will help shed some light on the many resources available to you as you transition from your role as student into your lifelong career in industry.  Shedd will share critical insights that will help you feel confident that you have all the tools necessary to pursue the career you’ve always wanted!


Part II: Panel Discussion (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Moderator: Jacob Trevino, Nanotech Alliance Inc.

An interactive panel of researchers, entrepreneurs and industry specialists will discuss their experiences and strategies to develop and commercialize their research.



Brian J. Coppa
EMD Performance Materials


Oliver Graudejus
Biomedical Sustainable Elastic Electronic Devices

Nicholas A. Kotov

University of Michigan


Dan Marshall

TAE Technologies, Inc.


Rein Ulijn

The City University of New York


Hunter McDaniel

UbiQD, Inc.


Part III: Networking Session (3:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Connect with the panelists through a networking session.  Refreshments to follow.


Organized by the MRS Student Engagement Subcommittee

  • Frederick Pearsall, The City University of New York
  • Roxana Piotrowska, The City University of New York