Archive for May, 2012

Innovation Roundtable: Innovation Initiatives at the FDA

U.Va. Innovation invites you to attend the May installment of our Innovation Roundtable series, Innovation Initiatives at the FDA. Please join us for a conversation with:

Kwame Ulmer
Deputy Division Director (Science and Policy)
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Discover how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pushing new innovative efforts from within and how it is showcasing new innovation initiatives and connections. Kwame Ulmer started as a Biomedical Engineer with the FDA, then as a branch chief, and he is now the deputy director (science and policy). Prior to joining the FDA, Ulmer worked as an engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command.

He is part of the FDA Innovation Pathway Project. Since November 2011, the team has been working to shorten the overall time it takes for the development, assessment, and review of breakthrough medical devices.

Also, come out to experience “Bump-It“, a smartphone application developed by a U.Va. student team that allows users to manage playlists by adding or stopping certain songs. “Bump-It” received an honorable mention at the 2011 U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup.

TIME: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Food and refreshments provided. The event will be held at CitySpace (100 5th St. NE) on the Downtown Mall, above the Market St. Garage.

For more information, please contact Sharon Krueger at or 434-243-1407.

Register online by May 15.

Seminar and Q&A with John Holdren

Join us for a seminar titled “White House Grand Challenges & STEM Education” and a Q&A session featuring:

John Holdren
Assistant to President Obama for Science and Technology
Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Co‐Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech.

Prior to joining the Obama administration Dr. Holdren was Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and professor in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science. He was also Director of the independent nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center. Previously, Holdren was a faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where in 1973, he co‐founded, and co‐led until 1996, the interdisciplinary graduate‐degree program in energy and resources.

During the Clinton administration, Holdren served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology through both terms and chaired studies requested by President Clinton on preventing theft of nuclear materials, disposition of surplus weapon plutonium, the prospects of fusion energy, U.S. energy R&D strategy, and international cooperation on energy and technology innovation.

He holds advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics from MIT and Stanford. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2005, as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control from 1994 to 2005, and as Co‐Chair of the independent, bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy from 2002 to 2009. His awards include a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the John Heinz Prize in Public Policy, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Volvo Environment Prize. In December 1995 he gave the acceptance lecture for the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international organization of scientists and public figures in which he held leadership positions from 1982 to 1997.

Where: Olsson Auditourm , Room 130 Rice Hall.

When: May 17, 2012

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30  p.m.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Cheryl Wagner at cheryl-vpr@virginia.eduor 434-243-1100. The event is sponsored by the U.Va. Office of the Vice President for Research.


U.Va. SEAS featured in Stratasys Case Study

Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printing and rapid prototyping systems, recently published a case study focusing on the impact of the uPrint 3D Printers and the Fortus 3D Production System on U.Va.’s rapid prototyping lab.

U.Va.’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences began using Stratasys uPrint 3D Printers to provide students with hands-on learning. Since early 2011, the printers have become an integral part of the educational experience by providing practical opportunities for students to apply the theories they learn in the classroom.

These 3D printers foster cross-discipline projects, such as the mechatronics project. Students come together to apply their expertise in mechanical, electronic, computer, software, and control engineering with system-design to create and manufacture products. These cross-discipline application enrich students’ education and prepare them for jobs after college.

Design lab engineer at UVA’s rapid prototyping lab, Dwight Dart said, “It’s this kind of creativity and vision that makes the 3D printer an invaluable tool for our students.”

For more information about the case study, click here.