MATERIALS VALLEY: Growing America's materials innovation hub right here in Pennsylvania!

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Sept. 7, 2018 | Penn State at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Penn. | Building 661, Symposium

Please join us for a special session of the Energy Harvesting Society’s 2nd Annual Meeting devoted to the rapid progress in materials research, innovation and infrastructure happening right here in Pennsylvania’s new Materials Valley.  Small and large businesses, industry, researchers and local officials are encouraged to attend to learn more about current developments and contribute to the discussion on future  growth in this area.

Registration for this session is free! Walk-in registration is available, but lunch can only be provided for those who pre-register. Click here to register. 

Hear speakers from:

NASA Office of Technology Incubation and Innovation | Innovation Partnership | Morgan Advanced Materials | QorTek

Micromechatronics | Chamber for Business and Industry of Centre County | Penn State Office of Industrial Partnerships

Penn State Materials Research Institute | Invent Penn State


AGENDA - Sept. 7, 2018

12:00 – 12:50 p.m.


Panel Discussion: Industry Experiences and Interactions with Penn State
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Panel speakers include: Stephen A Dynan, Vice-President, CTG Advanced Materials LLC/QorTek; Micromechatronics;  Phil Armstrong, Morgan Advanced Materials; Jennifer Myers, VP of Economic Development, CBICC (Chamber for Business and Industry of Centre County

Session Description: Hear about the benefits of the region and the partnership with Penn State from CBICC VP for Economic Development and local Penn State industry partners.  

Session Chair: Jeff Fortin, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Industrial Partnerships at Penn State

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP) / MRI Research Facilities

Clive Randall – Director, Materials Research Institute, Penn State
Josh Stapleton – Staff Scientist, Materials Research Institute at Penn State


Session Description: Includes an overview of CDP as well as information on cutting-edge materials instrumentation and facilities at Penn State; attendees to receive information on current opportunities and facilities available.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

University-Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Tech Transfer, Startup and SBIR/STTR Opportunities

Dr. Francisco Solá, Materials Research Engineer in the Advanced Metallics Branch, NASA's Glenn Research Center

James DeLattre, Assistant VP for Research, Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization


2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Open Q&A
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing remarks and next steps – Shashank Priya, Associate Vice President for Research, Penn State

Government officials who would like to attend only the Materials Valley Session of the conference (Friday, Sept. 7, 12-5:00 p.m.) may  attend free of charge; for additional information or to RSVP, email Click here for directions to Building 661 at The Navy Yard at Penn State. 

 To reserve a hotel room at the Courtyard Philadelphia South at the conference rate, please call Marriott Reservations 1-800-321-2211 and mention the 
“Penn State Energy Harvesting Society Meeting.”  
For registration questions, please email