The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Dr. Wade Adams, Associate Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. During his presentation, “Nanotechnology and the Future of Energy,” Dr. Adams will passionately explain, in a way you don’t have to be a scientist to understand, what nanotechnology is and why it is fundamental to solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges.
For the past decade, Dr. Adams was the Director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University, the first organized nanotech center in the world, founded in 1993 by its namesake. Prior to joining Rice, Dr. Adams spent his career in the senior executive ranks as the Chief Scientist of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Dr. Adams retired from this position in 2002; he retired from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Colonel in 1998.
For the past 44 years, Dr. Adams has conducted research in polymer physics, concentrating on structure-property relations in high-performance organic materials. Internationally known for his research, he has written more than 200 publications, has five patents (one licensed), and has given over 750 technical presentations. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Dr. Adams received his education from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Massachusetts.
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