Josh Clark

Josh Clark is a design leader who helps organizations build products for what's next. He is founder of Big Medium  a New York design studio specializing in future-friendly interfaces for artificial intelligence, connected devices, and responsive websites. His clients include Samsung, Time Inc, ExxonMobil, About.com, TechCrunch, Entertainment Weekly, eBay, O’Reilly Media, and many others. Josh has written several books, including Designing for Touch and Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps. He speaks around the world about what’s next for digital interfaces. Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the popular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running schedule, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)
Source: Big Medium

Parag Chitnis

Dr. Chitnis is the Deputy Director at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of USDA. He  leads NIFA’s Institute of Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS), which supports research and extension activities in plant, animal, and agricultural systems. IFPS manages a budget of about $660 M for competitive and capacity grants. Prior to joining NIFA, he was a research administrator at the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, where he served as division director, deputy division director, and program director.
Source: (NIFA)


Sunil Khanna

Dr. Khanna is the Robert & Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair and Professor in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, at  Oregon State University. His research interests include the complex interrelations of biology, culture, gender, ethnicity and health in South Asia and the United States. He uses diverse yet complementary field techniques such as ethnographic research and qualitative methods, microdemographic survey and nutritional anthropometry in his research studies. He is the co-author of the book The Cultural Politics of Reproduction which provides insight into experiences of human migrant communities and their social transformation through the dynamic relationship between movement, reproduction and health and how they are influenced by the history, policy and politics of the wider state systems.

Source: OSU



Carolyn Lawrence-Dill

Dr. Lawrence-Dill has devoted the last 20 years to developing computational systems/solutions that support the plant research community. Her work enables the use of existing and emerging knowledge to establish common standards and  methods for data collection, integration, and sharing. Such efforts help to eliminate redundancy, improve the efficiency of current and future projects, and increase the availability of data and data analysis tools for plant biologists working in diverse crops across the world. Recent efforts have focused on building the area of predictive plant phenomics. Example efforts include service as a founding member of the North American Plant Phenotyping Network and creation of a NSF-funded research traineeship (NRT) program that combines principles of plant biology, engineering, and computer science.

Source: Lawrence-Dill Lab


Niklaus J. Grünwald

Dr.Grünwald is a Research Plant Pathologist with the Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, in Corvallis, Oregon. His principal research interests include the ecology, genetics and management of emerging and re-emerging Phytophthora diseases affecting ornamental and nursery crops with a special emphasis on the Sudden Oak Death pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. More recently, he has started working on projects involving oomycete forest biodiversity in Douglas fir old growth, whole genome sequencing of the genus Phytophthora, and development of computational and bioinformatics tools for comparative genomics, genotyping-by-sequencing, population genomics and metabarcoding.

Source: Grunwald Lab


Christer Jansson

Dr. Jansson leads development of a vision and strategy for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) in plant systems biology and bioenergy, building on existing capabilities in plants, cyanobacteria and enzymatic approaches. These efforts include establishing partnerships, identifying capability gaps, and outlining where PNNL and EMSL can deliver enhanced impact to Biological and Envrionmental Research (BER)-related missions.
(Source: EMSL)


Chet Udell

Dr. Udell is an assistant professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University and Director of the Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab - a USDA funded program that investigates development of new devices and methods for environmental sensing and precision agriculture. He did his PhD in Music Composition with cognate in Electrical Engineering and he was an instructor of Music Engineering at the University of Oregon. His research in Electrical Engineering includes digital logic, microprocessors, autonomous/intelligent machine design, algorithms, rapid prototyping, and programming. He holds US. and international patents for novel wireless sensing hardware and data architecture. He is also the CEO of a technology startup company.
Source: OPEnS Lab