Conferences & Symposia

Smart Clothes

Radcliffe’s annual science symposium will focus on “smart clothes” and the science of designing materials that improve and protect lives. Experts in biology, design, engineering, materials science, medicine, and nanotechnology will address a variety of topics, including digital fabrication, soldier-related technologies, smart materials and biology, wearable technology, and the future of innovative substances.

This event is free and open to the public.

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8 a.m.

Registration Opens

9 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionanoscience; and Founding Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute, Harvard University

9:15 a.m.

Biological Ideas and Smart Materials in Biology

Introducer: Marko Loncar, Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering; Faculty Associate, Center for Nanoscale Systems; Participant, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Peter Vukusic, Associate Professor of Natural Photonics, University of Exeter

10:00 a.m.

Technology and Smart Soldiers

Moderator: Leia Stirling, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karen Gleason, Associate Dean of Engineering for Research Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christine Ortiz, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Dean for Graduate Education, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph K. Hitt, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Poster Session 

1:00 p.m.

Science and Application of Wearable Technology

Moderator: Conor J. Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Oren Milstein, President and Chief Scientific Officer of StemRad, Inc.

Vijay Varadan, Twenty-First Century Endowed Chair in Nano- and Bio-Technologies and Medicine, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, Distinguished Professor of Biomed Engineering, and Professor of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas Medical School

Babak Parviz, Creator, Google Glass, and Affiliate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

2:45 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Smart Design

Introducer: Martin Bechthold, Professor of Architectural Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Neri Oxman, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Sony Corporation Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4:00 p.m.


John Huth, Codirector, Science Program, Academic Ventures, Radcliffe Institute; Donner Professor of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

4:20 p.m.

Reception and Poster Session