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October 19, 2016

Fidelity Investments Speakers Series Welcomes Dr. Mark Johnson

Please join us on November 10th at 6 p.m. in room 1231 in Engineering Building 2 for the final talk in our Fall 2016 Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series.
Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  His talk topic will be “Advanced Manufacturing Technology Innovations for Energy.”
Johnson serves as the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  AMO is focused on creating a fertile innovation environment for advanced manufacturing, enabling vigorous domestic development of new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies to reduce the energy intensity and life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.
Previously, Johnson served as a Program Director in the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) where he had the longest tenure in that post—from ARPA-E’s formation in 2010 to mid-2013.  At ARPA-E, Mark led initiatives to advance energy storage and critical materials, as well as projects in small business, advanced semiconductor, novel wind architectures, superconductors and electric machines. 
He also served as the Industry and Innovation Program Director for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center. This is a National Science Foundation Gen-111 Engineering Research Center targeting the convergence of power electronics, energy storage, renewable resource integration and information technology for electric power systems.
Johnson joins EERE on assignment from NC State, where he is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.  His research has focused on crystal growth and device fabrication of compound semiconductor materials with electronic and photonic applications.  He also taught in the Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization program jointly between the NC State Colleges of Management and Engineering.  In addition to his academic career, Johnson is an entrepreneur and early stage leader in Quantum Epitaxial Designs (now International Quantum Epitaxy), EPI Systems (now Veeco) and Nitronex (now GaAs Labs).
Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a PhD from NC State, both in Materials Science and Engineering.
The event is free and open to the public.  Ample free parking is available on Centennial Campus after 5 pm.  For directions and more information, click here.
These lectures have been approved by the CSC Graduate Oversight Committee to count toward the required lectures for graduate students.

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