DEARBORN, Mich., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Molecular nanotechnology promises to replace our entire manufacturing base with a new, radically precise, less expensive, and more flexible way of making products. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is helping manufacturers gain a competitive edge through its brand-new Emerging Technologies Forums and has scheduled "The Next Industrial Revolution: Molecular Nanotechnology and Manufacturing" forum during the SME Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2005 from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Md. The conference will focus on how the future of nanotechnology will depend on creating the tools, instruments, and metrology devices that will enable effective positioning of molecules and building complex structures with atomically precise control. Speakers will include nanomanufacturing experts from the Foresight Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The conference will conclude with a choice of two tours providing conference participants with a firsthand look at how the world's leading researchers are advancing the field of molecular manufacturing by developing nanotools required to measure, sense, fabricate and manipulate matter at the atomic level. * U.S. Navy Nanoscience Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. The tour will feature demonstrations of the innovative tools and instruments (e.g. atomic force midroscopes, dip-pan lithography, ion beams, etc.) required to manufacture at the nanoscale. Visit http://www.nrl.navy.mil/nanoscience * National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) in Gaithersburg, Md. Information will be offered on how NIST is advancing the field of molecular nanotechnology and manufacturing by developing the standards and measures required to effectively position molecules and build complex structures with atomically precise control. Visit http://www.nist.gov/mel Program Agenda * 7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast * 8 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Introductions Noel H. Nevshehir, SME program manager, Emerging Technologies, Dearborn, Mich. * 8:10 a.m. Nanomanufacturing by Industry Scott Mize, president, Foresight Institute, Palo Alto, Calif. * 8:50 a.m. Dr. Joseph Jacobson, PhD, associate professor of Media Arts & Sciences, The Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Mass. * 9:30 a.m. New Frontiers for Manufacturing Kevin W. Lyons, program director, Nanomanufacturing, Division of Design, Manufacture, and Innovation (LENG/DMI), National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va. * 10:25 a.m. Measurements and Standards for Realizing Products at the Nanoscale Dr. Dennis A. Swyt, PhD, chief of Precision Engineering Division, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md. * 11:05 a.m. Nanometer Science and Technology: Nanoscale Measurements and Manipulation Dr. Richard J. Colton, PhD, director, Institute for Nanoscience and Department Head, Surface Chemistry Branch, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. * Noon Lunch * 1 p.m. Buses depart from the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel to: (Option 1): U.S. Navy's Nanoscience Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, D.C., and to (Option 2): National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL), Gaithersburg, Md. Registration: The 2005 SME Annual Meeting, "Where Manufacturers, Technologies and Innovations Connect," is being held June 1-5, 2005 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Md. The cost to attend is $350 members/$500 nonmembers. The cost to attend the Emerging Technologies Forum is $395 members/$495 nonmembers. For more information or to register, please call (800) 733-4763 or visit http://www.sme.org/annualmeeting . About SME The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.
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