2016 Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Rick Cnossen

Rick Cnossen is a global senior director in the Health & Life Sciences (HLS) Group at Intel. In this capacity, he manages several worldwide multi-discipline innovation centers which are developing the next generation of technology solutions to meet strategic HLS customer needs. Prior to his current role, Cnossen ran the Intel Healthcare Sales & Marketing Team. Cnossen has a successful track record of launching and leading healthcare industry consortia efforts including HIMSS, HL7, HITSP, Continua, IEEE, Bluetooth, and WiFi. He is widely recognized as a global leader in healthcare innovation and sits on several prominent industry boards. As an internationally renowned speaker, he has delivered dozens of prominent keynotes on healthcare technology and innovation around the world.

Technology Speakers
Health Speakers

Benjamin Berry

Aviation and Intel-As-A-Service

Ben Berry is a strategic aerospace manufacturer and has led technology for large-scale organizations with diverse missions. He is the Aviation Entrepreneurial CEO and Chief Digital Officer for AirShip Technologies Group's AirShip Endurance VTOL UAS and AirScape intelligence-as-a-service. He has held various senior leadership technology positions serving the Royal Saudi Air Force, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian International Airports, and Hughes Aircraft Company - Los Angeles. He is a Board of Director at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

Cameron M. Smith, Ph.D.

Private Development of a Low-Cost, Lightweight Launch-Reentry Pressure Suit

Dr. Smith, a prehistorian at Portland State University, has published widely on the anthropology of space exploration and colonization, most recently in Scientific American magazine and in his book "Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization" (Springer 2012). He aims to advance human space exploration by developing new technologies and techniques. Dr. Smith was recently invited to speak for NASA managers and has consulted with SpaceX on life-support matters. He has talked at TEDx Brussels, Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and TEDx Portland. Smith's research on the genetics of space settlement have been published in the scholarly journal Acta Astronautica as part of his involvement with the research group Icarus Interstellar. Since 2009 Smith has been developing a low-cost, lightweight space suit to help lower the cost of space access.

Stefan Stefanoski, Ph.D.

The Quest for Materials for Renewable Energy Applications

Stefan holds a PhD in Applied physics from the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from USF for his thesis on synthesis and characterization of materials relevant for renewable energy applications. He was a Carnegie postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. where he was exploring high pressure synthesis approaches for the synthesis of materials that could not be obtained employing conventional methodologies. He is currently enrolled in the MS in renewable energy program at Oregon Tech because of his interest in solar energy. He is also an adjunct instructor for Materials Science at OIT. In addition to investigating alternative methods to interactively and effectively teach Physics and Materials Science, his interest are in combining science and engineering in the search for materials for renewable energy applications, such as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and magnetocalorics. Stefan is an author of 19 peer-reviewed journal articles, and the author/co-author of two books.

Peter Oehler

Unleash the Power of the Group: Large Screen Interactive and Collaborative Computing

Peter is the Director of Hardware Development at Microsoft where he leads a team developing Surface Hub. He has been designing products and experiences that seek to change the world in ways little and big for over 25 years. He joined the technology pioneering startup Perceptive Pixel (PPI) in 2009, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012. PPI introduced the world to multitouch displays in Jeff Han's TED talk in 2006, long before the first iPhone was introduced. Peter's current work focuses on large screen multitouch display systems and their use to enhance group communication, remote collaboration and big data analysis. He has been working in the projection display and LCD industry for over 20 years with companies including InFocus, Corning and 3M. Peter holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Paul Menig

Current/Future Truck Technology – Cleanly and Safely Operating Autonomously

Paul has spent his entire career leading teams to create, develop and support high-tech products for military, aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and automotive industries. He was an in-trapreneur at Daimler, Eaton and General Electric. He's been employee number 1 in a new business unit and one of the leaders in a company of 275,000. His teams have worked on breast scanners, cardiac monitors, self-guided bombs, nuclear reactors, programmable logic controllers, sensors, semiconductor processing equipment, radar systems, engines, transmissions, brakes, telematics and human interface devices.

Mohamud Daya, M.D.

Role of Computer Driver Decision Algorithms in Emergency Medical Services

Dr. Daya joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at OHSU in 1988 and currently serves as an EMS section director and fellowship director. Dr. Daya also serves as the EMS medical director for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, as well as the medical director of Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency. His professional interests include cardiac arrest, emergency medical services systems, international emergency medicine, and time-critical emergencies: AMI, stroke, trauma, travel medicine and occupational infectious diseases. In his free times he enjoys traveling, reading, playing squash and listening to music.

Morgan Wirthlin

Computational Genetics Unlocks the Basis for Bird Song and Human Speech

Morgan is a Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate at OHSU whose publications have pioneered new approaches towards integrating neuroscience and genetics, using evolutionary systematics to inform large-scale computational analyses. This work has delivered fresh insights into the genetic underpinnings of learned behavior, comparing the brains and genomes of humans with those of intelligent bird species, including songbirds, parrots, and a unique group found deep within the Amazon. Morgan has recently delivered lectures at the Smithsonian, Reed College, and OMSI's Science Pub series, describing what this research can tell us about the mechanisms behind our own ability to speak and sing.

Mariko Nakano, Ph.D.

Pharmacogenetics and Clinical Utilities

Dr. Mariko Nakano joined the Molecular Testing Lab after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she studied the highly polymorphic drug-metabolizing enzyme CYP2D6. Her research focus was to determine and predict CYP2D6-mediated drug-drug interactions for various genotypes. Before the FDA fellowship, she investigated the molecular mechanism of CYP3A4 inactivation by bioactivated ritonavir as a post-doctoral fellow under Dr. Kent Kunze in the University of Washington Medicinal Chemistry Department. She received her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Washington under the supervision of Dr. Allan Rettie in 2011. Her graduate work included characterizing the role of a previously orphan cytochrome P450 enzyme – CYP4V2 – in saturated and unsaturated fatty acid homeostasis. Dr. Nakano has published her work in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented her research at national and international conferences

Jennifer E. Fox, Ph.D.

Exploring the Bioscience Ecosystem in Oregon: from Discovery to Startup and Beyond

Jennifer E. Fox, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) and the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI). OTRADI is a state-funded nonprofit institute that advances bioscience commercialization, product development and startup business incubation in Oregon. Dr. Fox joined OTRADI as one of its founding scientists in 2008. Under her leadership as Executive Director, OTRADI designed, built-out and manages Oregon's first, and only, bioscience-focused incubator - the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI), which is now home to fourteen promising startup companies.