February 15, 2022 Newsletter

February 15, 2022 Newsletter

February 15, 2022

Take a look at our February 15, 2022 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

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In This Issue

  • Register for the 2022 EnergyHPC Conference
  • Why Venture Capitalists are Investing in 'Software Beyond the Screen'
  • Covid-19 Symposium
  • Discovering your Homerun, Lessons from a Rice Owl (& Engineer) Turned Silicon Valley VC
  • Community Highlights

Early bird registration for the 2022 EnergyHPC Conference ends SOON!

Don't forget to register for the 2022 EnergyHPC Conference. Early bird registration ends Friday, February 18th. See full details below.

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Register for the 2022 Energy HPC Conference!

March 1-3, 2022 | BioScience Research Collaborative at Rice University

Registration for the 15th annual Energy High Performance Computing Conference is now open! Check out the conference schedule here.

NOTE: Early bird registration ends February 18th.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Barbara Burger, PhD, Vice President, Innovation and President, Chevron Technology Ventures, Chevron Technical Center
  • John Etgen, PhD, Distinguished Advisor, Geophysics, bp
  • Juliana Garaizar, MBA, Head of Houston Incubator, VP of Innovation, Greentown Labs
  • Steven Hammond, PhD, Senior Research Advisor, U.S. Dept. of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Jeff McVeigh, PhD, VP and GM, Super Compute Group, Intel Corporation
  • Eric Meier, PhD, Principal Computational Scientist, Zap Energy Inc.
  • Grace Rodriguez, CEO and Executive Director, Impact Hub Houston
  • Andrew Siegel, PhD, Director, Application Development, Exascale Computing Project; Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Anshumali Shrivastava, PhD, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Rice University; Founder and CEO, ThirdAI Corp.
  • Dan Stanzione, PhD, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center; Associate Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Janaki Vamaraju, PhD, AI Researcher, Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc.

Register Here

Why Venture Capitalists are Investing in 'Software Beyond the Screen'

Sunil Nagaraj | March 9, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00pm CST | Virtual

Interested in venture capital, technology, and startups? Learn about how entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have capitalized on software.

Software has had an amazing decade, as it has transitioned from desktop computers into the cloud and onto smartphones. In the process, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have smartly capitalized on this trend. The next decade will focus on software making an even more important jump: moving beyond the screen and into the real world around us.

In this talk, Sunil Nagaraj of Ubiquity Ventures will explore how software is beginning to animate, understand and navigate the real world with profound implications. Using examples ranging from hospital robots to rocket engines to dairy cows, he will explain how powerful this shift will be to our daily lives and our global economies. He will touch on how the software engineering toolchain (APIs, scrum, object-oriented programming, over-the-air updates, etc.) has been perfected for computer software and how this powerful software development paradigm is being applied conceptually and tactically to enable smart hardware in the real world. He will also cover several applications of the machine learning branch of software and its ability to connect the dots and navigate our complex physical world.
Register Here

Office Hours with Sunil Nagaraj

March 23, 2022 | 5:00 - 7:00pm CST | Virtual

Want to meet with Sunil Nagaraj? Virtual office hours will be on Wednesday, March 23 from 5-7 PM CST. Apply here.

Covid-19 Symposium

Distinguished Speakers | March 11, 2022 | 10:00am - 2:00pm CST | Virtual

Reflecting on 2 years of scientific accomplishments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. Two years later, hear from six distinguished speakers about several topics surrounding the challenges and successes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Discovering your Homerun, Lessons from a Rice Owl (& Engineer) Turned Silicon Valley VC

Suman Talukdar | April 5, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00pm CST | Virtual

Conversation with Suman Talukdar on his Silicon Valley career, today’s trends, what he looks for in companies, and how you might find the next big opportunity.
Register Here

Office Hours with Suman Talukdar

April 15, 2022 | 12:00 - 3:30pm CST | Virtual

Want to meet with Suman Talukdar? Virtual office hours will be on Tuesday, April 5 from 12-3:30 PM CST. Apply here.

Biofabrication Workshop 2022

March 8, 2022 | 3:00 - 5:00pm CST | BioScience Research Collaborative RM 280

This is a one day in-person workshop focused on bioprinting with lectures, demos and lab tours. The event is free and open to all students, staff and faculty of Rice. See full workshop details here. Register here.
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