About

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia and National Science Foundation of United States of America have jointly organized this conference for the 3rd time to assemble the global leading subject matter authorities to share their views and research and to build a collaborative network with KAUST faculty and research community to use electronic materials, devices and systems for a sustainable future. In addition to technical talks, proven effective sessions such as Bright Minds aimed at attracting rising stars for international collaboration and Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) session to promote greater active participation of women will remain highlights of the event. This year a new session Nex-gen In Science and Engineering (NISE) focusing on K-12 students will also be held.

Objectives

  1. Impact and timeliness of the scientific theme: Electronic materials, devices and systems play a critical role in our daily lives. Constant scientific exploration in the field of electronic materials is resulting into the development of new materials with exciting properties. Based on such scientific development, innovative engineering is exercised to build high-performance, energy-efficient, multi-functional, low-cost electronic devices. Such electronic devices are functionalized through appropriate system level engineering. Thus, we sincerely believe the areas are cogent and timely for advancing science and engineering.
  2. Vision creation: Our objective is to provide a concerted platform to bring the world's leading academic and industrial scholars along with KAUST and in-Kingdom researchers to steer a scientific discussion towards the innovative use of electronic materials, devices and systems for a sustainable future. Three days of engaged single-session provides the platform that brings together people, projects, data and tools and enhances connectivity and creates bonding.
  3. Collaborative network formation: A huge platform of cross-cultural multi-disciplinary dialogs and ideas to build a long-lasting bridge of collaboration. Examples include but are not limited to: KAUST Economic Development has been working with Taqnia and Semprius to integrate KAUST innovation with the UIUC brain-child Semprius, to establish a pilot plant at KAUST for low-cost energy harvesting. As a first step, Semprius is hosting a KAUST team in their North Carolina plant. From an academic collaboration perspective: KAUST students volunteered to act as Companions for the external visitors and spent many hours with them and the results will resonate through their research in the coming months.
  4. Exhibition of KAUST (research, infrastructure and community): This year, 12 KAUST Professors and 1 KAUST Postdoc gave 30 minutes talks each. 23 KAUST students and post docs presented their posters. 19 KAUST students and postdocs served as Companions for the visitors. KAUST Core Facilities Director Dr. Justin Mynar spoke at the conference and gave the visitors a tour of KAUST's impressive core-lab facilities. Dr. Tristan Walker, KAUST Economic Development VP spoke at the conference and introduced KAUST's vision to build a knowledge-based economy in the Kingdom. Dr. Jun Abrajano, KAUST OCRF Director, inaugurated the conference. The gala dinner was sponsored by KICP and was attended by 80 guests, chaired by CEMSE Dean, Dr. Mootaz Elnozahy and graced by President Jean-Lou Chameau as the Chief Guest. Each of these events exhibited KAUST's research, scholars, hospitality, infrastructure and most importantly, the evolving "KAUST Brand". This is a key objective of the proposed conference: to repeat and continue prior (2014, 2015) successful conferences whilst continuing to promote and nurture KAUST Excellence in general.
  5. Recruitment platform: The Bright Minds session enables us to invite the very best young scholars to KAUST and to interact with them in person in a professional setting. Ultimately the Bright Minds session is a potential recruitment tool as proven by previous events. Following the 2014 event, two Bright Mind participants were interviewed. This year (2015), it was confirmed that Dr. Jung Hun Seok of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will formally apply for a Faculty position at KAUST.
  6. Promoting science and engineering: We would like to use the proposed event to promote science and engineering among women (WISE session) and K-12 students (NISE session).
  7. Partnership with NSF: In comparison to last year (2014), the US NSF increased their contribution significantly this year (2015) by providing 25% of the total budget. We look forward to continuing this positive and enriching partnership in the future.
  8. Mini-workshop and extensive tutorial by experts: In both 2014 and 2015 conferences, we arranged mini-workshops and extensive tutorials led by visiting speakers for focused groups. In both years, these were held on a Thursday to accommodate and maximize numbers of attendees. Last year (2014) it was on Electromagnetics and this year (2015) it was on Control Systems. This kind of sidebar event enhances the learning opportunity for KAUST scholars, (faculty, researchers and students).
  9. Brand building: We are committed to provide a forum to our KAUST scholars especially the younger members of this community to display the evolving KAUST Brand. Our hospitality and the overall KAUST environment also demystifies many myths about the Kingdom.