nanoUtah 2012 was a very successful installment of the annual conference series organized by the University of Utah's College of Engineering and the Nano Institute of Utah.
The conference was chaired by Dr. Ling Zang, USTAR Associate Professor of Nanotechnology, University of Utah, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Two hundred thirty-four people attended the conference and were very fortunate to hear from high profile speakers in the nanotechnology world including Dr. Roger Howe, Faculty Director, Stanford Nanofabrication Facility, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; Robert H. Austin, Professor, Department of Physics, Princeton University; Eric Houser, Director, Explosives Detection Division of DHS & S&T, Department of Homeland Security; Iréne Revenko, Applications Scientist, Life Science Asylum Research; and Milton Lee, H. Tracy Hall Professor of Chemistry, Brigham Young University
Another highlight of the meeting was Innovation Idol! This was a fast-paced "speed pitch" session where the audience voted for the winning idea. Lawrence Barrett from Brigham Young University (BYU) was crowned nanoUtah’s 2012 Innovation Idol after he presented his project featuring micro-filters.