February 26, 2019

NCSA Room 1040

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Continental breakfast (NCSA Foyer)

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Welcome Address

Philippe H. Geubelle, College of Engineering Executive Associate Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


“Introduction to the nanoMFG node” & workshop overview

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Kimani Toussaint,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

8:20 – 9:00am

“NSF’s Advanced Manufacturing Program and Research in Nanomanufacturing ”

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Khershed Cooper,

National Science Foundation


“Manufacturing at the Nanoscale: Challenges and Opportunities”

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Placid Ferreira,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


“Engineering-driven data analytics for in-situ process monitoring of nanomanufacturing”

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Jianjun Shi,

Georgia Tech





“Role of Computing and In situ Measurements in Scalable Manufacturing of Nanoscale Materials and Interfaces”

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Santanu Chaudhuri,  University of Illinois at Chicago


“Nanomanufacturing with 2D materials informed by machine learning”

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Joel Ager,

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & UC Berkeley


“Midwest Big Data Hub: Partnerships and projects to advance the data ecosystem.” 

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Melissa Cragin,

Midwest Big Data Hub & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Group Photo




“Mechanically-driven nano-manufacturing of atomically-thin origami and kirigami structures”

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SungWoo Nam,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


“Infrastructure for data-driven discovery: Materials Data Facility and DLHub”

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Ian Foster,

Argonne National Laboratory & University of Chicago


Networking break



Discussion (breakout) sessions


Lead, Chenhui Shao,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Plan for Day 2

Kimani Toussaint


Networking break



Reception (Poster Sessions)


February 27, 2019

NCSA Room 1040


Continental breakfast (NCSA Foyer)



Summary of day 1 activities and overview of day 2

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Kimani Toussaint,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Panel discussion: The role of data at nanofabrication facilities

Bill Wilson: CNS at Harvard

Kevin Walsh: KY Multi‐scale Manufacturing and
Nano Integration Node

Oliver Brand: NNCI: Southeastern Nanotechnology
Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC)

Mauro Sargela: Illinois Materials Research Laboratory

Bill Wilson (CNS, Harvard), Kevin Walsh (KY MMNIN), Oliver Brand (SENIC, GaTech), Mauro Sardela (Illinois)


"Real-Time Micro-service Operating Infrastructure for Scientific Workflows"

Klara Nahrstedt,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


“Process capability analysis for two photon lithography using 3D geometric data”

Chenhui Shao,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign





“Gr-ResQ: Graphene Processing and Analysis Data”

Sam Tawfick,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Working lunch on position paper and concluding remarks

Lead, Sam Tawfick,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign











































































Transportation from the iHotel

On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, iHotel guests are welcome to wait in the lobby for the shuttle to be ready to depart at 7:15 am. There are a couple of couches next to the fireplace, or there is also a trio of white ottomans that you may wait on. Just identify yourself to the hotel staff and they will be prepared to load/depart at 7:15.

Speaker Bios

Joel W. Ager III is a Staff Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an Adjunct Full Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, UC Berkeley. He is a Principal Investigator in the Electronic Materials Program and in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) at LBNL and in the Berkeley Educational Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS) where he serves as Co-Lead PI of the eCO2EP project with Cambridge University. He graduated from Harvard College in 1982 with an A.B in Chemistry and from the University of Colorado in 1986 with a PhD in Chemical Physics.  After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Heidelberg, he joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1989. His research interests include the fundamental electronic, optical, and transport properties of semiconducting materials, discovery of new photoelectrochemical and electrochemical catalysts for solar to chemical energy conversion, and the development of new types of transparent conductors. Professor Ager is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences and has published over 350 papers in refereed journals.  His work is highly cited, with over 28,000 citations and an h-index of 85 (Google Scholar).  


Prof. Oliver Brand is a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Executive Director of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his diploma degree in Physics from Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany in 1990 and his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1997 to 2002, he was a lecturer at ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland and deputy director of the Physical Electronics Laboratory (PEL). In 2003, he joined the faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Brand was promoted to Full Professor in 2009 and was named the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology in 2014. Since 2016, he serves as the Director of the Coordinating Office of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). Dr. Brand has co-authored more than 200 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are in the areas of integrated microsystems, microsensors, MEMS fabrication technologies, and microsystem packaging.


Professor Chaudhuri leads Accelerated Materials Research Lab at UIC focusing on accelerated insertion of materials focusing on structure-property-processing-performance correlations for advanced materials and deployment of smart manufacturing environments. The team focuses on application of multiscale science using high-performance computing in energy, environment and manufacturing applications. As part of his joint appointment with Argonne National Lab, he leads the development of a new Manufactur-ing Science and Engineering Initiative (MSEI) for the Lab. MSEI is one of the five lab-level initiatives encompassing different directorates covering materials science, chemical science and engineering, ap-plied materials, x-ray sciences, math and computational science, and advanced leadership computing. Ar-gonne will soon open doors to the new materials manufacturing research facility to integrate advanced diagnostics, sensors, modeling and simulation capabilities for in situ optimization of processes used for manufacturing next generation battery, catalysts and many other advanced materials. Dr. Chaudhuri is building Midwest Manufacturing Partnerships encompassing 11 universities. At UIC, the research group focuses on applied materials and computational research, and building a VCR-level institute for applied research and DoD/DoE collaboratory. His research was funded by different funding agencies over the years including DOE, DHS, NSF, DTRA, AFOSR, ARL, EPRI, DMDII, ARPA-E and companies cover-ing fundamental and applied research.  Dr. Chaudhuri is part of different advisory boards and academic committees. Most recently, Dr. Chaudhuri is part of Environmental and Energy Science and Technology board appointed by the Provost of U Chicago, and technical advisory board of DMDII representing UIC College of Engineering.

Academic Background: Dr. Chaudhuri earned his Ph.D. degree in Materials Chemistry and Chemical Physics from SUNY Stony Brook in New York in 2003. During his graduate study, he received NATO scholarship to work in Oxford University for developing first-principles guided simulation methods for ionic conductors, catalysts and battery materials, and worked in integrating solid-state NMR and in situ x-ray crystallography. From 2003-2006, Dr. Chaudhuri worked in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Cen-ter for Functional Nanomaterials on theory-guided design of hydrogen storage materials for automobile applications. Dr Chaudhuri was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and led the development of Applied Sciences program at the Washington State University. In 2014, Dr. Chaudhuri moved his research group to Applied Research Institute (ARI) in University of Illinois at Ur-bana-Champaign. He developed the accelerated materials research program and served as Associate Di-rector until 2017. In his current role, he has a joint appointment between University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

Dr. Khershed P. Cooper is a Program Director for Advanced Manufacturing in the CMMI Division of the Engineering Directorate at NSF.  He directs basic research activities in nanomanufacturing-related programs and systems-based nanomanufacturing research at ERCs.  He is a NSF representative for NSTC's Nano Science Engineering & Technology (NSET) Sub-committee, which frames the NNI Strategic Plan.  He contributes to the development of the Manufacturing USA Institutes.  Prior to joining NSF, he was a Program Officer for the Manufacturing Science program at ONR. Concurrently, he was a Senior Research Metallurgist at NRL.  He received his MS and PhD from University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He has nearly 200 invited talks, 70 contributed presentations, 150 publications, one book and one patent.  He has sponsored symposia and workshops in additive and nano manufacturing.  He is a Fellow of ASM International and a recipient of its prestigious Burgess Memorial Award.


Melissa Cragin is Executive Director of the Midwest Big Data Hub, and based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to joining NCSA, Melissa was Staff Associate in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate of Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF), after serving there as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. At NSF, she guided development of data policy and accelerated community engagement on research data management and public access. Melissa also has an appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at UIUC, where she previously led the Data Curation Education Program.


Placid M. Ferreira is the Tungchao Julia Lu Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois. From 2003 to 2009, he was the director of the Center for Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS), an NSF-sponsored Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center after which he served as the Head of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois until August 2015.  He graduated with a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1987, M.Tech (Mechanical) from IIT Bombay, 1982 and B.E. (Mechanical) for University of Bombay in 1980. He has been on the mechanical engineering faculty at Illinois since 1987, serving as the Associate Head for graduate programs and research from 1999 to 2002. From 2009 to 2015 he served as Department Head for Mechanical Science and Engineering.

Professor Ferreira's research and teaching interests are in precision manufacturing and includes computer-controlled machines, nanomanufacturing and metrology. Professor Ferreira received NSF's Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990, SME's Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 1991, University of Illinois' University Scholar Award in 1994, ASME’s Ennor Award for Manufacturing Technology in 2014. He is also a Fellow of ASME, SME and AAAS.  He has served on the editorial board of a number of manufacturing-related journals.

Ian Foster is Distinguished Fellow and director of the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Ian received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as materials science, climate change, and biomedicine. His Globus software is widely used in national and international cyberinfrastructures. Foster is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing Machinery, and British Computer Society. His awards include the Global Information Infrastructure Next Generation award, the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, the IEEE’s Kanai award, and honorary doctorates from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the Mexican Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute. He co-founded Univa, Inc., a company established to deliver grid and cloud computing solutions, and Praedictus Climate Solutions, which combines data science and high performance computing for quantitative agricultural forecasting.


Mauro Sardela, Jr. is the Director of Central Research Facilities at the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (FS-MRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with one of the largest shared users facilities in the country covering  30,000 sqft of lab research space including ~ 150 instrumentation for microstructural, optical, electrical and chemical characterization and nano/microfabrication of materials. He was born in Brazil, where he received his BS degree in Physics from the University of Brasilia, and his M.Sc. degree in Mauro received a M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of São Paulo, Brazil. In 1994, he received his Ph.D. degree in materials science from Linköping University, Sweden (1994) working on thin film growth, X-ray scattering and device fabrication Mauro was also principal analyst at Evans Analytical Laboratories, California (1996-1998) working with surface analytical techniques. Since 1998 Mauro has been senior research scientist at the FS-MRL; he became the director of FS-MRL central research facilities in 2015. Among his several research interests are materials fabrication and modification of nano-structures and nano-particles, wood and geopolymers structure and modification, biomaterials and studies involving x-ray scattering, optical, laser and electron microscopy.


Dr. Jianjun Shi is the Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor in H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, with joint appointment in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2008, he was the G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan.  He received his B.S. and M.S. in Automation from the Beijing Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1987, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992.

Professor Shi’s research is in the development and application of data enabled manufacturing. His methodologies integrate system informatics, advanced statistics, and control theory for the design and operational improvements of manufacturing and service systems by fusing engineering systems models with data science methods. The technologies developed in Dr. Shi’s research group have been widely implemented in various production systems with significant economic impacts.

Professor Shi is the founding chairperson of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Subdivision at the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS).  He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IISE Transactions, the flagship journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. He is a four societies, including Fellow IISE, ASME, ISI, and INFORMS, an Academician of the International Academy for Quality, and a member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE),

Dr. Shi received various awards for his research and teaching, including the IISE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award (2016), the IIE Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award (2011), Forging Achievement Award from Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (2007), Monroe-Brown Foundation Research Excellence Award (2007) and the 1938E Award (1998) at The University of Michigan.

Kevin Walsh is the Associate Dean of Research and Facilities for the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.  He is also the Fife Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founder of the $30M 10,000 sq ft UofL Micro/NanoTechnology Center (MNTC). Prof. Walsh is the director of the KY Multiscale Advanced Manufacturing node (www.kymultiscale.net), which is part of the 16-site National Science Foundation National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure network (NSF NNCI). Dr. Walsh has published over 150 technical papers in the areas of micro/nanotechnology, sensors, semiconductors, microelectronics, and MEMS. His research group has received over $35M of external research funding from DoD, DOE, NSF, NASA, NIH and industry. Prof. Walsh has 12 awarded patents and is the co-founder of 4 technical start-up companies.  Dr. Walsh has taught over 20 different courses, advised over 30 completed theses, and has twice been presented with the School’s top Research Award. In 2014, he was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors.


William L. Wilson, graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1982 with a degree in Chemistry and went on to study Physical Chemistry at Stanford University as a AT&T Bell Laboratories Cooperative Research Fellow (CRFP), and as an NSF Graduate Fellow, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1988. Dr. Wilson was a member of technical staff in the Physical Chemistry Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ and was promoted to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1998 as a member of the Optical Materials Research Department.  In 2001, Dr. Wilson became a founder and Chief Science Officer of InPhase Technologies, Longmont, Colorado, A spinoff company from Bell Laboratories developing High-performance data storage materials and systems, and served in that role until 2009.  In 2009 Bill moved to academia, serving as Associate Research Professor in Material Science and Engineering and the Associate Director of the Integrated Imaging Center at John’s Hopkins University.  In 2011, Bill moved to the Faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering Department and the Directorship of the Central Research Facilities of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2015, Dr. Wilson accepted the Executive Directorship at the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard University and a lectureship appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.  Dr. Wilson is also remains an adjunct faculty member of the MRL at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Wilson has published more than 100 papers, co-authored a book on Holographic Data Storage, and has been granted more than 25 US and International Patents.