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Chris Williams at TEDxVT 2013: Disruptive design via additive manufacturing


Chris Williams

Speaker 2013; Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Education Affiliate faculty, Department of Materials Science & Engineering Director, Design, Research & Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab Co-Director, Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing

Professor Chris Williams is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is the Director of the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory (http://www.dreams.me.vt.edu) and the co-director of Virginia Tech's Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (http://www.cibm.ise.vt.edu). In the realm of additive manufacturing, Chris's expertise is focused in both process improvements and in creating a suite of design tools to guide the use of additive manufacturing to create functional, end-use artifacts (i.e., 'Design for Additive Manufacturing'). Dr. Williams received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2013. He also received the two most prestigious awards for a young researcher in the field of Additive Manufacturing: the 2012 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME Jr. Award; presented by the International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium) and the 2010 Emerald Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. He was also selected to co-chair a session on Additive Manufacturing for the 2013 National Academy of Engineers German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He has received the four Best Paper Awards and two Best Poster Awards at international and national conferences. For his contributions in the classroom, he was awarded the 2012 XCaliber Award, the 2011 W. S. 'Pete' White Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, and the 2011 Charles 'Butch' and Joan Nunnally Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty Member Award. Chris holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia) and a B.S. with High Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida).

Michael Blackwell at TEDxVT 2013: Forget what you know


Michael Blackwell

Speaker 2013; Founder and Director, Natural Intelligence Productions Alum '90, '07

Michael's experience, training and passion lie in the design and implementation of transformative learning environments. He has broad experience in alternative educational paradigms and has taught dogs, infants, schoolchildren, adjudicated youth, teens, families, college students, factory workers, and the elderly. He and his wife home-schooled their two children on their small homestead farm for 12 years. He's won several teaching and advising awards at Virginia Tech and has designed and taught classes such as 'The Nature of Leadership' and 'The Art and Science of Tracking' that harness the power of nature to facilitate individual and social change. He has a MA in Educational Psychology, works as a mentor and coach; frequently guest lectures, teaches and serves as a training and curriculum consultant on local and regional projects.

Marc Edwards at TEDxVT 2013: Heroic by nature, cowardly by convenience


Marc Edwards

Speaker 2013; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Marc Edwards received his bachelor's degree in Bio-Physics from SUNY Buffalo and an MS/PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. His M.S. Thesis and PhD Dissertation won national awards from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Water Environment Federation. In 2004, Time Magazine dubbed Dr. Edwards 'The Plumbing Professor' and listed him amongst the 4 most important 'Innovators' in water from around the world. The White House awarded him a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996. In 1994, 1995, 2005 and 2011 Edwards received Outstanding Paper Awards in the Journal of American Waterworks Association and he received the H.P. Eddy Medal in 1990 for best research publication by the Water Pollution Control Federation (currently Water Environment Federation). He was later awarded the Walter Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (2003), State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award (2006), a MacArthur Fellowship (2008-2012), the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics from Villanova University (2010), and the IEEE Barus Award for Defending the Public Interest (2012). His paper on lead poisoning of children in Washington D.C., due to elevated lead in drinking water, was judged the outstanding science paper in Environmental Science and Technology in 2010. Since 1995, undergraduate and graduate students advised by Edwards have won 23 nationally recognized awards for their research work on corrosion and water treatment. Edwards is currently the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he teaches courses in environmental engineering ethics and applied aquatic chemistry.

John Carlin at TEDxVT 2013: BREAKING NEWS


John Carlin

Speaker 2013; News Anchor, WSLS-10 Fmr. Adjunct Faculty, Communications

John Carlin co-anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WSLS-10. He reports regularly from the field with a strong emphasis on WSLS-10's Virginia Crossroads series, which airs on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. John returned to WSLS in July of 2013 after spending five years in public relations. Prior to his departure he served as the lead WSLS-10 anchor from 1987 – 2008. John was a part of the WSLS team that earned the Peabody Award for coverage of the April 16, 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, as well at three national Edward R. Murrow Awards. John is the recipient of four Emmy awards for reporting.A dedicated community servant, John is the current board president of the YMCA of Roanoke Valley Corporate Board of Directors, immediate past president of the board of Saint Francis Service Dogs and a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southwestern Virginia. He is a co-founder and board member for the Blue Ridge Marathon and a member of the public relations committee for the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy. John has served on numerous other boards and committees during his tenure in Roanoke. In his spare time, John is an avid aquarium keeper, photographer, writer, runner, cyclist and soon-to-be scuba diver. He lives in Cave Spring where he and his wife Mary have raised three sons.

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