NUSOS 2014 Speakers
We will release the names of our speakers every Friday until the conference. Check back for updates!
Inventing Materials for a Sustainable Future
Friday, April 11 | 1:15-2:30PM |Lecture Room B
Yip-Wah Chung is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. Current research studies include hard coatings, high-performance steels, and advanced lubricants for improved vehicle efficiency. He was named Fellow by ASM International, AVS, and by STLE. His favorite hobbies are photography and recreational flying.
Andreas Roelofs works at Argonne National Laboratory as the Interim Division Director and Industrial Liaison of the Nanoscience and Technology Division (NST) as well as the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM), a Department of Energy national user facility. He holds an advanced degree in physics (Dipl.-Phys) from the University of Cologne and received his doctoral degree (Dr.rer.nat.) in physics from the RWTH Aachen in Germany.
Emily Walzer is the editor and associate publisher of Textile Insight. She covers fabric trends and new fiber technologies that lead to product development. Previously, Walzer was the fabrics editor at Sporting Goods Business. She has also worked full-time as a freelance writer, covering textiles and apparel for the active sportswear market.
Eating Your Greens: Innovations in Agriculture & Food
Friday, April 11 | 2:45-4:00PM |Lecture Room B
Amber Gribben is a co-owner of Urban Worm Girl, an industry leader in composting and vermicomposting. After years of cringing at the thought of throwing things in the “trash” Amber Gribben took her years of strategic marketing and product development for the publishing world, and applied it to her passion for reducing waste and improving the quality of the environment. Since 2008, she has been introducing this innovative sustainability practice to the Chicago region through Urban Worm Girl, empowering hundreds of families, students, business owners, and classrooms to make better decisions about composting waste, and has helped to restore much-needed nutrients and vitality to our community landscape.
Wes King is the Executive Director for Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA). After working as an organizer at the Illinois Environmental, Wes joined ISA in the spring of 2009 as Policy Coordinator and later as Policy Director, and in January of 2013 he started work as ISA’s Interim Executive Director. Beyond executive management functions, the focus of his work is developing and monitoring sustainable agriculture and local food related legislation in Springfield and at the Federal Level. In addition, Wes is working on organizing and building the capacity of grassroots stakeholders to influence food and farm related policy decisions. On the national level, Wes serves as the co-chair for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Marketing, Food Systems, and Rural Development Committee.
James Rakocy has been involved with aquaponic research and development for 36 years. He worked for years he at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) where he developed the well-known UVI aquaponic system, the basis of many commercial operations. In 1999 he initiated an annual training program at UVI that attracted 566 students from 45 U.S. states and 56 countries. He has been invited to lecture on aquaponics in numerous training programs and conferences both nationally and internationally. He was honored for his contributions to aquaponics at the 2nd International Aquaponics Congress in Cancun, Mexico in September 2011. In 2012, he formed The Aquaponics Doctors, an aquaponics consulting company. He continues to teach aquaponics for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems in Florida and is co-authoring a book on aquaponics.