Organizational Committee:

Dr. Arturo Ayon
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Madhavrao (Rao) Govindaraju
SAI Global Technologies, Inc

Dr. Randolph D. Glickman
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Dr. John Grillo
Academic Workforce Programs at NVC

Dr. Neda Habibi
Pgm. Coordinator, Adv. Materials, Northwest Vista College

Dr. Kelly Nash
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Vasiliki (Vicky) Zorbas Poenitzsch
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Arturo Ponce
Depart. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Bharathi Subramaniasiva
Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA

Dr. Wilson Terrell
Dept. of Engineering Sciences at Trinity University

Dr. Walt Trybula
Texas State University, San Marcos & Trybula Foundation, Inc., Austin

Dr. Stephen Wellinghoff
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Miguel Yacaman
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Qiaoying Joy Zhou
Academic Workforce Programs at Northwest Vista College


SANTF 2018 Conference

Education, Research and Economic Opportunities in Nanotechnology

San Antonio Nanotechnology Forum (SANTF), University of Texas at San Antonio, and Northwest Vista College are jointly hosting the 2018 San Antonio Nanotechnology Conference. This fourth Annual Conference is a one-day forum that focusses on advances made in the education, research, and economic opportunities in nanotechnology.

 Venue: Denman – UC 2.01.28, University of Texas at San Antonio

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018

Program Outline

07:45 – 08:15                           Registration and Breakfast
08:15 – 08:30               Welcoming Remarks and Program Overview

08:30 – 09:50     SESSION I:           Overview of Nanotechnology education programs in University and Community Colleges
08:30 – 08:55             Robert Ehrmann, NACK Center, Penn State
08:55 – 09:20             Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Texas State University  
09:20 – 09:45             Dr. Bart Sheinberg, Houston Community College

09:50 – 10:15                        Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:40            Dr XingGuo Cheng, SwRI “Using nanoparticles for scar reduction and vaccines”
10:40 – 11:05:           Dr. Mahmoud Abdelwahed (UTSA)
11:05 – 11:30:           Dr. Liang Tang, (UTSA)

11:30 – 11:35              Break


Panel Members

Dr. James Oxley, SwRI
Dr. Dorothy Silbaugh, ToweJazz
Dr. Robert Schramm, ToweJazz
Dr. Robert Lyle Hood, UTSA
Mr. Neal Guentzel, UTSA

12:50 – 14:00    Lunch and Poster Presentations

14:00 – 14:30 Award Presentations and Concluding Remarks


See Conference Flyer for additional details and Campus map.


Please RSVP to: Please send your RSVPs by 2 PM on Wednesday, April 18.   Please check our website ( for complete program details and upcoming meeting schedule.


SANTF Purpose:

SANTF aims to provide participants with information on the state of nanotechnology research in Greater San Antonio institutions, presents trends in industry and research universities, informs innovative applications of nanotechnology, information related to current work in progress towards establishing national skills standards, details the involvement and support of national professional societies, and the current technician education programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The newly formed SANTF strives to build stronger communication and networking opportunities between educational and private businesses, both regionally and nationally; to solidify pipelines in education and stimulate job creation in the Greater San Antonio area in the field of nanotechnology and STEM related fields.    


SANTF brings together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies in the Greater San Antonio area working in the areas of nanomaterials and nanotechnology to showcase innovations related to the development and application of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. 


Establish a venue for local researchers, early-stage investors, venture capitalists, and industry leaders to gather and discuss developments in nanotechnology and its applications in the areas of Biomaterials, Energy, Clean Technology, and Sustainability.  

 SANTF brings together major technology players in the area to form strong alliances among the researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Alamo Community Colleges, Trinity University, Texas State University in San Marcos, and other educational institutions. SANTF promotes intellectual creativity in the area of nanotechnology that will create a strong nanotechnology base in San Antonio.    

 The forum is expected to spur productive collaborations among the researchers in Greater San Antonio area and promote innovations leading to scientific discoveries and engineering innovations.  SANTF is committed to enhancing San Antonio’s nanotechnology future and establishing the Alamo City as a global leader in nanotechnology.  

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