CHN hosts webinar for the US National Nano Coordinating Office

On May 11, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) held a webinar for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that focused on the experiences, successes, and challenges for SMEs working in nanotechnology and on issues of interest to the business community.  Dr. Ahmed Busnaina and the National Science Foundation’s Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering served as host the webinar.  – See more at:

The program included comments from Mike Meador, Director of the NNCO; Marcie Black, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Advanced Silicon Group (ASG); and Viktor Vejins, President and CEO of Nano-C, Inc. Prior to founding ASG, Dr. Black held positions on the technical staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory the engineering staff at Motorola, and co-founded Bandgap Engineering. She was named one of the “Women to Watch in 2010” by Mass High Tech. ASG makes low-cost nanowire arrays for use in solar photovoltaic arrays and in devices to detect biological contaminants.  Previously, Mr. Vejins led an advanced materials start-up funded exclusively by Cabot Corporation targeting transportation related applications. Prior to joining Cabot, he was a management consultant with Arthur D. Little, Inc. and AT Kearney in chemicals and materials. Nano-C is commercializing nanostructured carbon based materials and chemicals for application in electronics and renewable energy. 

The speakers began by providing an overview of their experiences, successes, and challenges in the nanotechnology small business space.  This was followed by a question and answer (Q&A) segment with members of the public.   The webinar was recorded, and it will be available online via the website and the CHN's website:

Related Faculty: Ahmed Busnaina

Related Departments:Mechanical & Industrial Engineering