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Location: Colorado School of Mines

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Description: “Smart materials” are responsive to their environment (passive) and/or external stimuli (active) in such a way that they serve an enabling technological function. This intentionally broad definition includes examples such as shape memory alloys, piezoelectrics, electro/photo/thermo-chromics, self-healing polymers, coupled magnetics, re-configurable devices/components, soft robotics, and many others. While there are several strong established communities in this area, we believe that there is an opportunity to collaboratively connect people and technologies across the current materials and/or application focus, to address common issues that may center around phenomenology, controls, reliability, integration, adoption and standards, or any number of others.  The primary purpose of this workshop is to explore and identify such opportunities that do not infringe upon existing communities, but instead partner and facilitate greater reach and impact.

IEEE Future Directions and the Colorado School of Mines will host a one day workshop on Thursday 18 February 2016, and you are invited to attend.  The workshop will include leaders from across the Smart Materials landscape, and this is a great opportunity to help shape the future of this important and growing field. The workshop will start at 10 am local time, Thursday, 18 February. A dinner reception will be held the same day.

Please “save the date”, 18 February 2016, Golden, Colorado USA. Note the closest major airport to Golden is Denver, Colorado.


IEEE Smart Materials Initiative Workshop, 18 February 2016, Colorado School of Mines
Draft Agenda

Time Topic
 10 am – 10:15 am  Welcome, Introduction, and Purpose.
 10:15 am – 12 pm  Brief self-introductions of each participant and their affiliation and interest. Present your work and efforts on Smart Materials.
 12 pm – 12:15 pm  IEEE landscape of coverage and potential opportunities.
 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm  Working lunch to discuss existing efforts/needs/opportunities.
 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm  Share discussions from the working lunch. Include identification of proposals, opportunities, strategies, etc.
 2:15 – 2:30 pm  Entire group discussion and consolidation of the earlier pieces.
 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Break.
 2:45 pm – 3: pm  Specific actionable goals/ideas/initiatives.
 3 pm – 3:30 pm  Breakout sessions on above.
 3:30 pm – 4 pm  Break, transit time to seminar.
 4 pm – 5 pm  Mines Seminar on Piezoelectric Thin Films for MEMS, 202 Hill Hall by Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Penn State University, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.
 5 pm – 5:15 pm  Transit time to Ballroom E in the Student Center.
 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm  Summarize, assign action items, determine next steps.
 6 pm – 8 pm  Dinner reception.

Note: The workshop will be held in Ballroom E in the Student Center. The seminar will be held in 202 Hill Hall.

Hotel Information: There are nearby lodging options. Table Mountain Inn, 1310 Washington Avenue, Golden, Colorado 80401, is by far the most convenient within walking distance of the campus. Golden Hotel, 800 Eleventh Street, Golden, Colorado 80401, is a good second option.

To book your reservation at the discounted rate of $134.10 for their Traditional rooms at Table Mountain Inn, please book either online, www.tablemountaininn.com OR by calling, 1-800-762-9898. Use SALES16 when booking online; the code must be entered in ALL CAPS for the system to recognize it. Also, please make sure to fill out all the information in your reservation – company name, phone number, address, etc. This will ensure Table Mountain Inn can track the reservations as part of the workshop.

The Golden Hotel link is, www.thegoldenhotel.com. Rates are much higher.

Registration: Click here to register!

For more information and/or to reserve your spot in the workshop, please contact Kathy Grise, k.l.grise@ieee.org.