Session Speakers


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAProfessor Scott Carney – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
P. Scott Carney is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois where he has been since 2001.  He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester (1999) and was a post-doc at Washington University (1999-2001). Scott is a theorist with research interests in inverse problems, imaging, coherence theory, and other branches of optical physics. He is co-organizer of the Saturday Engineering for Everyone lectures, a popular lecture series for all ages at the University of Illinois. Prof. Carney has been named to the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellentby Their Students nine times. He won the 2012 William Everitt Teaching Award, a prize given annually to one of roughly 400 faculty in the college of engineering, based on the nominations of his students. He was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed works, a dozen issued patents, and five book chapters.  He is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the Optical Society of America A and Program Chair for Frontiers in Optics, the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America. His work in medical imaging is being brought to market by Diagnostic Photonics, a company he cofounded. Outside of research, Scott enjoys competitive games of Quidditch!

Leia GuccioneLeia Guccione, M.S. – Rocky Mountain Institute
Leia Guccione is a Manager with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s electricity and industrial practices, where she specializes in microgrids, campus energy systems, industrial ecosystems, distributed generation and storage, and renewable energy procurement strategies. Her additional areas of expertise include the use of collaborative processes for complex problem solving, and IT solutions for improved collaboration. Prior to joining RMI, Leia served in the United States Navy as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer. As an officer in the Navy, Leia served aboard the USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52), an amphibious Marine-transport ship, and the aircraft carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). She also served as a training manager for Commander Naval Air Forces  Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC), where she provided training and strategy support for the five Pacific-based aircraft carriers in the US fleet. Leia completed her MS in Sustainable Development from the University of London, and she holds bachelor’s
degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science from Iowa State University.

Bernadette Hernandez-SanchezDr. Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez – Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. Bernadette “Bernie” A. Hernandez-Sanchez is a solid state inorganic chemist and a principal member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Her current research is focused on understanding nanomaterial structure-property relationships and controlling the synthesis, assembly, and morphology of nanomaterials for applications in bioimaging, radiation detectors, energy storage, marine hydrokinetic energy, and magnetic assisted polishing. In addition, Bernie has contributed to SNL’s science and engineering education outreach efforts in K12 to the postdoctoral level. She is a native New Mexican who was raised in Albuquerque and graduated from Rio Grande High School in 1994. During her senior year at RGHS, Bernie became a student intern at Sandia in the chemistry laboratory of Dr. Timothy J. Boyle. The fun and exciting environment of working in a chemistry laboratory inspired her to pursue a career in science. Bernie went on to attend New Mexico Tech and earned her B.S. in Chemistry in 1999 and her Ph.D in inorganic chemistry in 2004 from Colorado State University. Upon completing her dissertation, she returned to Sandia as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2008, she joined the staff of the Ceramic Processing & Inorganic Materials Department at Sandia.

Sua MyongProfessor Sua Myong – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 Sua Myong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sua is also a core member of the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and the Physics Frontier Center, and an affiliate faculty for the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology. Sua’s research interests include single molecule fluorescence detection of DNA and RNA interacting proteins that are implicated in human diseases including cancer, genetic disorders, and neurodegenerative disease. Her work also encompasses RNA interference, microRNA pathways, DNArecombination and repair, transcriptional regulation, ribonucleoprotein granule assembly and dynamics, double strand RNA binding proteins, and telomere processing. Sua has earned several prestigious honors, including an NIH New Director‘s Innovator Award, a Human Frontier Science Program Research Award, and Genome Technology’s 2010 list of “Tomorrow’sPIs”. She has also been recognized for her excellence in teaching and advisorship at the University of Illinois. Sua holds a BS in Molecular Cell Biology and PhD in Nutrition and Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley.
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