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Professor Gang Chen electetd to the National Academy of Engineering

 0 Comments- Add comment Written on 24-Feb-2010 by zmwang

On February 17, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced that Professor Gang Chen has been elected a member of the NAE. They cited his "contributions to heat transfer at the nanoscale and to thermoelectric energy conversion technology." Read the full NAE press release or MIT news.

 Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature.”

Professor Gang Chen agreed to deliver an invited talk for the 2010 Villa Conference on Interaction Among Nanostructures. We are honored!

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First Nano Conference on Cruise?

 0 Comments- Add comment Written on 19-Nov-2009 by zmwang

Last week, I chaired the 2009 Collaborative Conference on Interacting Nanostructures. A small conference, only 27 presentations. The conference photos are available to view at The unique thing is the conference taking place on a cruise ship:

Ha, so it is fun! Agree?

The cruise takes care of all the needs, foods, lodging, entertainments, and tours. However, the participants do get isolated by the cruise and the ocean, no Internet no phone, or very expensive. What the choices do they have? Stay with the conference and discuss science. Most of the scientific sessions have an attendance rate close to 100% :).

This could be the first Nano conference of this kind. Correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm proud to share some of the comments I just received from the conference attendees:

"thanks again for the invitation to this very interesting conference at this exceptional place. I very much enjoyed the conference and the cruise."

"It was nice meeting you las week at the conference. I had a great time not only at the conference but also at the sea. Thank you very much for organizing such an unconventional conference."


"The cruise conference is great! I gain so much from the participants, but also really have fun during sailing with you."

"Enjoyed the meeting.  You and Sabina  did a great job."

"It was a nice conference and crusing was a nice experience for me."

"The conference was very nice."

"This type of conferences you arrange are certainly most fruitful and efficient for discussions and exchange - besides the nice environment."

"Again, it was an amazing conference! Thank you for organizing it."

"It was both extremely useful for me to contact with all the participants as great specialists and just great pleasure to be in the cruise in such a good

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