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Department of Energy Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee (BESAC) Town Hall
A subcommittee of the DOE Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee (BESAC) is conducting an international benchmark study with the goals: i) to identify key areas of its mission-relevant research and facility capabilities in which U.S. leadership is most threatened; ii) to advise on modifications to existing trade-offs or new ways to leverage scarce resources; iii) to identify incentives that will retain and attract scientific talent.

The purpose of this town hall meeting is to share the preliminary findings, and to seek community input.

Apr 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Eric Stach
BESAC International Benchmarking Sub-committee; University of Pennsylvania
Eric Stach is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, a National Science Foundation sponsored Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. He received his B.S.E from Duke University, M.S.M.S.E. from the University of Washington, his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A at Stony Brook University in 2018. He has held positions as Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, then as Associate, and subsequently appointed Full Professor at Purdue University. Prior to his appointment at Penn he was a Group Leader at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Hummingbird Scientific.
Matt Tirrell
BESAC Committee Member
Matthew Tirrell is the dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) and the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His personal research specializes in the manipulation and measurement of polymer surface properties. Dean Tirrell’s work has provided new insight into phenomena such as adhesion, friction, and biocompatibility, and contributed to the development of new materials based on self-assembly of synthetic and bio-inspired materials.