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Message from the Chair

Vikas Prakash From the NEC Chair Vikas Prakash

Richard Feynman presaged the nanotechnology age in his seminal 1959 lecture, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," where he said the direct manipulation of individual atoms will revolutionize synthetic chemistry and electron microscopy. He also foresaw a new age in medicine, in which "small machines might be permanently incorporated in the body to assist some inadequately functioning organ." In 50 years, Feynman's vision has become a reality with the emergence of as such technologies as atomic force microscopes and organs-on-a-chip.

In dedication to the advancement of this nascent and rapidly growing field, ASME formed the NanoEngineering Council, which welcomes engineers, scientists, finance and business professionals, government leaders, and students. Members assist in the dissemination and development of knowledge and have the opportunity to lead ASME through this period of scientific revolution and opportunity.

Nanoengineering holds promise for a variety of fields, notably medicine and energy. For this reason, the NEC houses two steering committees: NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB) and NanoEngineering for Energy and Sustainability (NEES). Our interdisciplinary team, with members from several ASME Divisions — including Bioengineering, Applied Mechanics, Heat Transfer, MEMS, and others — promotes our mission to foster collaboration among ASME's Technical Divisions and provides opportunities for technical interaction among nanotechnology researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts.

As you read the articles in this first issue of Emerging Nano, you will learn more about the NEC initiatives underway. The 3rd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB) will highlight technical talks and presentations from international leaders in the field of nanomedicine. An upcoming workshop on scalability in nanomanufacturing will be held at the ASME office in Washington, DC, where key opinion leaders will convene to determine the challenges and solutions associated with this field.

We encourage you to get involved with this growing council, shape the future of this very publication, and take advantage of the wealth of opportunities available to you. To learn more, please contact ASME program manager Christine Reilley at reilleyc@asme.org.

ASME Society-Wide Micro & Nano Technology Forum Now Accepting Poster Entries

The ASME Nanoengineering Council is pleased to announce the return of the ASME Society-Wide Micro & Nano Technology Forum at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Expo (IMECE) 2013, taking place November 15–21 in San Diego, California. This Forum seeks to bring together ASME members and others from different disciplines and divisions with a focus on micro and nanotechnology. In 2012, the forum displayed more than 200 posters for over 500 attendees, including executive leaders of NSF and ASME.
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Plans for NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology Congress (NEMB 2014) Underway

Join ASME leaders as they explore the integration of engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology in addressing fundamental problems in biology and medicine at the 3rd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB 2014) this coming February in San Francisco.
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Emerging Researcher:
Ronggui Yang Explores Nanoscale Transport Phenomena

Although Dr. Ronggui Yang's research on nanoscale transport phenomena focuses on a physically small space, the applications are wide-ranging — from increasing efficiency of automotives and solar-thermal utilization to thermal management of electronic devices to electrochemical energy storage for mobile systems.
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Nanotechnology and Public Health

NEMB 2013 Track Chair Dr. Desiree Plata, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, discussed nanotechnology and its impact on public health in an asme.org podcast. Click here to listen.

Visit the ASME Nanotechnology Institute page on www.asme.org for more podcasts, videos, courses, webinars, and journals covering the state-of-the-art in nanotechnology.

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